David Bacon is a Net Zero Consultant with Atkins, a leading engineering services provider. He has taken a career pivot into the sustainability sector following completion of a MSc in Global Sustainability Studies at University of Exeter. Previously he worked in the aerospace manufacturing sector in commercial and business development roles for over 14 years. David is passionate about ensuring a fair and just energy transition.  In his spare time he loves to explore and find new places in the beautiful Devon countryside and along the coastline with his family.

Finance Director

Ionna Elliott, ECOE's new finance directorIonna Trofimova-Elliot brings over 20 years of experience leading finance and strategy departments in engineering, real estate, energy, and other sectors. She has been a partner at BorderlessRenewables since 2017.  She is currently doing a PhD in energy transformation at the University of Exeter. She joined Exeter Community Energy because she believes that humans have a simple duty – to preserve nature.

Company Secretary

Peter Dempsey is a professional Project Manager delivering Net Zero and decarbonisation projects in the South-West and nationwide. His roles include at the Environment Agency, the Met Office, Energy Systems Catapult, and currently Bristol City Council. By joining ECOE he’s keen to understand better the delivery of successful energy projects that improve people’s lives.


Healthy Homes for Wellbeing Project Manager

Tara Bowers is an entrepreneur with 25 years experience of working in the ‘eco’ sector. As well as running her own organic food business, Tara worked with Basingstoke Transition Network, Hampshire Women’s Enviroment Network, Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op and since moving to Devon has worked with 361 Energy before joining ECOE. In her spare time she champions conservation, biodiversity and sustainability.

Marketing Director

Giles Booth, ECOE's new marketing director

Giles Booth is UK and Ireland Pursuits Director at sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy firm Arcadis. He has been in consulting for over 25 years, advising infrastructure clients on solutions to their most pressing problems. He believes that working with ECOE provides him with the opportunity to influence the most important agenda of our time – reducing carbon emissions – while focussing on the local community.

Operations and Maintenance Director

James Rowan is a Chartered Energy Engineer, and a Renewable Energy Specialist working for South West Water. There, he helps to deliver renewable energy projects relating to the organisation’s net zero ambitions. Through his career as both a consultant and embedded within organisations he has worked across various energy and sustainability sectors. He strongly supports empowering communities to take control of energy supplies

Other Directors

Emma Sueref works at Coreus Group as Director of Sustainability and Growth. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and a MSc in Environmental Consultancy from Plymouth University, in addition to being a RICS Chartered Surveyor. She is passionate about sustainability, in particular equality diversity and inequality and social value. passionate about sustainability, carbon reduction and wellbeing.

Andy Extance is a science journalist with bylines in outlets including The Guardian and New Scientist. He is chair of the Association of British Science Writers, and director of editorial company Exeter Empirical. Before that Andy was group leader at Cornwall-based pharmaceutical lab Tripos Discovery Research, including operational management within a £90 million contract. He believes ECOE fights climate change while helping with every day issues.

New ECOE director Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood is a Civil Servant with the Department for Work and Pensions. He has a Diploma in Folk and Traditional Music. Stephen is a Union Representative for the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union since 2015, negotiating on behalf of front-line workers with management and organising union activities and collective bargaining actions. He is passionate about addressing poverty, sustainable energy generation and energy security.

Operations and Maintenance Co-ordinator

ECOE's new team member Margaret Pickering

Margaret Pickering has a Psychology degree, but worked in IT project management roles, initially for BT and Oxfam. In 2007 she and her partner renovated a rectory in Cornwall, and ran it as a guest house. They retired to Exeter in 2017.  Since then she has been involved in voluntary work. Margaret joined ECOE in January 2020 as Operations and Maintenance Co-ordinator. She also supports other ECOE projects, including Healthy Homes for Wellbeing.