Meet ECOE’s outgoing chair: Patrick Devine-Wright

Meet ECOE’s outgoing chair: Patrick Devine-Wright

The last few months have seen quite a lot of comings and goings at ECOE. We’re gradually introducing people to you so that you don’t wonder who they are when you meet them. Next up is Patrick Devine-Wright, who has been our chair for the past year, but is standing down to return to just being a director after the AGM on June 6. It starts at 6:30pm at Stephens Scown in Exeter – join us! 

What is your role at ECOE?

I have been Chair of the Board since June 2018, and Director for a couple of years before that. My role involves chairing the Directors’ meetings, overseeing the composition of the board, representing ECOE externally and managing the Community Fund.

What’s your background?

First and foremost I am an academic – Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter. In that role, I have been researching social aspects of low carbon energy transitions – with a particular interest in decentralised, community-centred energy initiatives – for much of the last twenty years.

What motivated you to join ECOE?

I have always been an academic who saw research as having some usefulness to inform policy and practice. Becoming involved in ECOE was an opportunity for me to try to channel my knowledge into an organisation at the forefront of the revolution in energy technologies, and to learn much about the legal, financial and organisational aspects that are outside of my specific academic knowledge.

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

I have two passions outside of work and family – traditional singing in the Gaelic/Irish language and long-distance running. My mother was a fluent Irish speaker and singing in the language is a way of keeping in touch with her and with that culture more generally. I have enjoyed cross-country running since I was in school. It’s a great way to get active and enjoy the natural environment. I organise a trail running group in the Blackdown Hills where I live, and regularly run on Dartmoor and the South West coast path.