Meet the new people at ECOE: Alan Denbigh

Meet the new people at ECOE: Alan Denbigh

The last few months have seen quite a lot of comings and goings at ECOE. We’re gradually introducing the new faces to you so that you don’t wonder who they are when you meet them. Next up is Alan Denbigh, who joined as our project officer in December 2018. You can follow him on Twitter here. He’ll be at our AGM on June 6. It starts at 6:30pm at Stephens Scown in Exeter – join us! 

What’s your role at ECOE? 

My main role at the moment is monitoring ECOE’s installed solar sites and responding to the problems as they occur. This has thrown up lots of challenges and the need to do some background research to solve.

What’s your background?

I originally qualified as a mechanical engineer in the days when renewable energy was too alternative for there to be much employment in it. I moved into project management software working first in Norway and then went on to using comms to enable remote working, partly as a way to reduce transport costs. More recently I worked at Exeter University supporting environmental research, including on marine plastics and energy.  I now divide my work time between ECOE and chairing the Slapton Line Partnership where we are addressing the issue of coastal change and adapting to it.

What motivated you to join ECOE?

I have a long-standing interest in energy use and renewables and we have invested in these on our house – PV, solar water and biomass as well as having supported other renewable energy schemes including wind and hydro. I am frustrated by the lacklustre response by the current government and want to do my bit to make it happen rather than wait for them.

What should members and supporters talk to you about if they bump into you? 

Tacking the two acres of wilderness at the back of the house and trying to grow food is one topic, or music. I play guitar in a duo with my friend Rod on saxophone.  I’ve recently also re-discovered painting without the word ‘and decorating’ following it and because I’m on a very long waiting list for a stent, I am walking everywhere – ‘the low-impact exercise I can do’.