Chris Pasteur has over 30 years’ experience in the water and hydro industries. In 2014 Chris established Cairneyhill Ltd, a consultancy service to the hydro industry, supporting the entire hydro scheme lifecycle – feasibility, consenting, construction and asset management. Cairneyhill Ltd has been involved in the development and construction of 24MW of hydro schemes in the UK, including the Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Scheme. Current projects under construction include 2MW schemes in Aberdeenshire and Wester Ross. Prior to establishing Cairneyhill Ltd, Chris managed the delivery RWE’s UK hydro development programme and before that he worked for SSE on the asset management and refurbishment of their 1300MW, 60 hydro power station portfolios, and the development of the 100MW Glendoe hydro scheme.
Miranda Wharam is currently the vice chair of the Strathpeffer Community Association and supporting ‘Strathpeffer Saves’ through the Climate Change Fund aiming to reduce the carbon footprint in the community and become more energy efficient.
Miranda is also involved in various other community associations in Strathpeffer and the locality and has a background in youth and community work and 30 years ’experience in social care and as a Senior Manager within the social care sector in Sussex. Miranda has significant experience in management within the statutory, voluntary services for disabled children, providing strategic and financial leadership to provide safe delivery of services for children.
After a varied career in business, I became interested in community renewables nearly 25 years ago when my wife and I joined the newly formed Baywind Co-op. In 2002 I was involved in the creation of Energy4All, which I then Chaired for 10 years. During this time, we tried to balance our commitment to community ownership with robust business management, with the aim of building the credibility on which the subsequent success of the company has been based.
Although I retired some years ago, I retain close links with the sector and am happy to contribute my experience where it can be useful. I remain a director of Findhorn Wind Park in NE Scotland and have been delighted to serve on the board of The Highland Community Energy Society as the business takes shape.
Phyllis is married to Stephen and mother to Abby and Ryan. Myself and Stephen both from farming back grounds decided to move from Orkney over twenty years ago to manage a traditional Scottish deer estate in Perthshire. In January 2000 my husband and I moved to very remote West Highland Estate, which was so beautiful even though it had a radio telephone and no mains power. But there was a very small 6 kw hydro turbine, since then we have always loved the possibility s of a simple burn producing such simple and clean power.
We now live and work managing Achlain Estate, which is lovely. But not so remote with the kids.
There is lovely community feel here which we all enjoy being part of. I am a Director with the ‘ West Glenmoriston community company ‘ which is just finishing refurbishing an old school which the community bought to make local ‘ Hub’ for community events.
I also have been sitting on steering group on ‘care in the community’ which has just been set up now as ” 3 Glens Community Care” which I am now a member of the board too.
Kenneth has lived in Glenmoriston since 2000, moving there from Mull linked to his career in Forestry and land management. He currently works in the Government agency Forestry and Land Scotland as Operation manager for the area Glengarry to Oban. He was Chairman of the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community council for 10+ years during the initial stages of the renewable energy boom spread across the area. He has been involved with Community Companies in the renewable field and in wider community projects for the last 18 years. He retains an interest in renewable energy through his own micro generation projects and within the Community projects in the area he works covering several projects at development stage at any given time.
Annette Heslop MBE is the Finance and Administration Director of Energy4All, which she joined in 2002. Annette has been a director of Baywind Energy Co-op up to 2015 and is currently a director of High Winds Community Energy Society. She is responsible for the professional management and administration of all the Energy4All co-ops. As Finance Director of Energy4All, she leads on financial control, modelling, costing, projections, banking and treasury.
Jim Lee is Energy4All’s Project Officer in Scotland. He chaired the board of the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Co-op for many years and is currently on the boards of Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative and the Arrochar Community Hydro Society. Jim’s role is to develop opportunities for Energy4All in Scotland, helping them to extend the scope of community-owned renewable energy. Jim is working with communities across Scotland to help them gain maximum benefit from renewable energy projects in hydro, on-shore wind, solar and district heating. Jim had been involved in the Co-operative Movement over a number of years and is Chair of the Lanarkshire Credit Union. In recent years, he worked for the Scottish Fair-Trade Forum and for Community Links in South Lanarkshire where he supported the establishment of several food co-ops.