Gill Wyatt runs Creating Synergies – a facilitation, community research and consultancy service. Her recent work has included project management and community facilitation for energy projects in Exeter including LEAF Energy-in-the-home and Exe-Hydro. Gill is inspired by people working together to find transformative opportunities that address the global challenges of the 21st century. She sees community energy as a way of bringing communities together to find solutions that are good for all.
Gabriel Wondrausch is the managing director of the award winning Exeter-based renewable energy company Sungift Solar, which was founded in 2005, years ahead of the current renewables boom. Gabriel, a qualified renewables installer, has strong links with manufacturers, industry experts and policy makers across the globe and the business acumen that ensures he stays at the forefront of green energy. His renovated 1920′s home illustrate the renewable energy and retrofit possibilities.
Hertha Taverner-Wood is a qualified engineer working for Hydromatch Consulting, a renewable energy company specialising in domestic/community scale hydropower. Her experience also includes installing micro-wind turbines, solar thermal systems, solar PV and ground source heat pumps. As a volunteer with the Woodcraft Folk, she’s been involved with energy efficiency and carbon engagement projects. She is enthusiastic about the potential of co-operatives and community ownership from having lived in housing co-ops.
Sonya Bedford is a partner at Stephens Scown solicitors and head of their Renewable Energy Team with experience of wind, solar PV, anaerobic digestion, biomass and hydro installations. Currently she is assisting resolving grid capacity issues in the South West and nationwide. She is a non-executive director of Regen SW and taking a MSc in Renewable Energy at the Centre for Alternative Technology. In her spare time Sonya is a mum and sings with her band Insomniac Jack.
Patrick Devine-Wright is a Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on social, psychological and geographical aspects of the transition to low carbon energy sources, including community-led energy projects and the role of place attachment in explaining community responses to company-led projects. He has advised governments and companies in the UK and Ireland, and is convinced that communities should play a central role in the move away from fossil-fuel energy towards renewable energy sources.
Alastair Mumford has been involved in the renewables sector for some time and now works for Regen SW, a not-for-profit renewables agency based in Exeter, as sector lead for renewable heat. Alastair is keen to see renewables and energy efficiency grow in the city and has a personal interest in social enterprises and co-operatives, having been a director and co-founder of Topsham Ales and a Director for Co-cars, Exeter’s co-operative car club.
Miles Davey has spent 10 years in recruitment for the low carbon and sustainability industry inspired by the challenge of Climate Change whilst completing his MSc thesis. He is a Co-founder & Director of Lewis Davey, a global recruitment, market intelligence and business development company providing services to the Cleantech, Sustainability, Town Planning and Smart Cities industries. From this experience, Miles is convinced that decentralised, community-owned renewable energy is the way forward.
Peter Bowers is a retired Chartered Management Accountant, who has worked in finance and governance in the Insurance industry, latterly as Executive Director. Since taking early retirement, he has been heavily involved with activities and projects in his local community of Sampford Peverell, and with Sustainable Villages, the Transition Group which he helped to set up.