Our Team


Circ_Team_GillW_1Gill 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.

Circ_Team_Hertha_1Hertha 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_300x300_1Sonya 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.

Circ_Team_GillO_1Patrick 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.

Circ_Team_Griff_1Alastair Mumford has been involved in the renewables sector for some time and now works as the Corporate Energy Manager for Devon County Council. 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.

Jeff_300x300_1Miles 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.

Jeff_300x300_1Peter 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.

Tara Bowers is an entrepreneur with 20 years experience of working in the ‘eco’ sector. As well as running her own organic food business, Tara has in more recent years 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.

Andy Extance is a science journalist with bylines in The Guardian, New Scientist, and many other outlets. He is treasurer of the Association of British Science Writers, and director of editorial services company Exeter Empirical. Before that Andy was group leader at Cornwall-based pharmaceutical laboratory Tripos Discovery Research, which included operational management within a £90 million contract. He believes ECOE enables Devon to fight climate change while helping with every day issues.

David Thompson is an independent management consultant specialising in organisation design. He was one of the first volunteers at the Centre for Alternative Technology, is involved in the Transition movement and has investments in various renewable energy and social enterprises including Bristol Energy Cooperative, Dart Renewables and Ecotricity. David believes that decentralised energy production is essential in reducing fossil fuel dependence and supports the community focus of Exeter Community Energy.

James Haigh is the Energy and Generation Engineer in the Energy Team at South West Water. He specialises in supporting the management of alternative energy sources as part of his company’s climate change mitigation and energy cost avoidance programmes. He also monitors and challenges renewable energy generation assets’ performance to ensure outputs are maximised. He has a keen interest in furthering his development both professionally and at ECOE to benefit the local community and the environment.