Meet the new people at ECOE: Francis Mosley, director

Francis Mosley

Meet ECOE’s new director Francis Mosley!

Hopefully you’ve read some of these posts introducing you to the ECOE team before. We are keeping you up to date on the new faces to you so that you don’t wonder who they are when you meet them. Today we introduce Francis Mosley.

What is your role at ECOE?

I have joined the ECOE team as a director in December 2021.

What is your background?

As an undergraduate I studied mechanical engineering. After that I worked in the humanitarian aid sector installing water towers in Uganda. I was then an engineering officer on board a 680-tonne yacht. I went back to university to pursue my passion in sustainability through an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh. During this time I became interested in the crucial role government had to play in the energy transition. This led me to begin working as a civil servant from 2018. I have held a variety of technical roles across different government bodies. I am currently working at the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) as an Innovation and Systems Engineer. At Ofgem I help strategy teams helping to develop thinking around how the UK will meet its Net Zero targets by 2050 through energy transition.

What motivated you to join ECOE?

I met ECOE’s director and Healthy Homes project manager Tara Bowers at an event in Exeter shortly after moving to the area. After participating in a fascinating discussion on community energy I asked how I might be able to help. ECOE chimes directly with my view of what needs to happen across the globe to fight climate change. Energy must be decentralised, empower communities and crucially protect vulnerable people as we transition to a green energy system. I am hoping to help ECOE and help Exeter’s wider community in an area I care deeply about. In turn I hope to learn more about the benefits and challenges of community energy to help effect positive change within government.

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

I like discussing wild and wacky ideas in the world of energy decarbonisation, from airships to wave power! I have also just moved from off-grid living on a canal boat in London. That gave me an interesting perspective on some of the challenges, especially in winter!

Outside of being a general energy nerd I love any activities outside, at this moment mainly trail running, climbing and paddleboarding. I have recently bought a van with the intention of converting it into a campervan so any hints and tips for the long job ahead of me would be most welcome!