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Our Team

Gerry Jewson

Gerry Jewson

Chairman

Gerry has over 37 years’ experience in the energy industry. Gerry established both West Coast Energy and Renewable Development Company (RDC) in 1996 and assembled a highly motivated and qualified team with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the renewables industry. Both RDC and West Coast had an impressive track record of wind energy development and Gerry was responsible for developing over 655MW of wind in the UK. Gerry was a member of the Welsh Government Energy and Environment Sector panel and sold West Coast Energy to ENGIE in 2014.

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Sarah Smith

Managing Director

Sarah has had 32 plus years' experience in the power generation industry and has spent the last 8 years working with Gerry Jewson, initially at West Coast Energy where she led the sale of the company to ENGIE and is now the Managing Director of Wind 2. Sarah is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to joining West Coast Energy she was the UK Finance Director for International Power (now ENGIE). She has extensive experience of both renewables and conventional power generation including power plant operations, energy trading, project finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to International Power she was Regional Vice President at Edison Mission Energy, where Gerry and Sarah first worked together on the development of the Rhyl Flats Offshore wind project off the coast of North Wales, one of the first UK offshore wind energy projects.

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Ian Thomas

Associate Finance & Commercial Director

Ian is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in the energy industry for 9 years, covering a wide range of financial aspects including financial management, renewable project financial modelling and taxation.

Neil Lindsay

Neil Lindsay

Land & Development Director

Neil Lindsay has over 20 years’ experience developing Wind and Solar PV developments across the UK and Africa. He has managed a number of Renewable Energy development companies in the UK and has developed his own wind and solar PV portfolios. He has in depth experience of working with a wide range of industry stakeholders including international lenders, DFIs, government bodies, landowners and local community groups. He was previously a non-executive director for the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Technical and Development Director

Chris has over 14 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry working on every stage of project development from site identification, development, construction and operation. A Mechanical Engineer, Chris joined Wind 2 from ENGIE where he spent 6 years developing a range of renewable energy projects and portfolios involving onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and battery storage. Chris latterly was a statutory Director of ENGIE UK’s onshore wind portfolio, managing the asset management team including the project financing of a wind farm. Before ENGIE Chris spent 8 years at West Coast Energy developing wind farms as an Engineer and Project Manager, finally heading up their Technical Department. Chris has been active on a number of industry groups including RenewableUK’s aviation working group and was an early board member of the wind industry’s Aviation Investment Fund Company Ltd.

Jonny Griffiths

Jonny Griffiths

Technical Project Manager

After studying for his degree in Aerospace Engineering Jonny decided to pursue a career in renewable energy with West Coast Energy in 2014. In this role, and later with ENGIE, Jonny has been involved across all stages of the development process, working on large portfolios of onshore wind, solar and battery storage projects across both the UK and Ireland. Leveraging these 7 years’ experience Jonny brings a strong technical background in energy yield analysis and site optimisation, site suitability & project due diligence to his role as Technical Project Manager

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Richard Morgan

Solar Portfolio Manager

After moving to the renewable energy industry in 2015 Richard worked as Project and then Senior Project Development Manager for British Solar Renewables on a range of solar and storage projects around the UK, including, at the time, the largest commercial solar farm in Scotland. Roles included all aspects of Project Development including, liaison with stakeholders, lease and easement negotiation, selection and management of specialist and planning consultants, due diligence assistance through the sales process and all aspects of project reporting to stakeholders. Prior to this he worked for 15 years in the civil engineering contracting sector for Balfour Beatty Rail on large civil engineering infrastructure projects in Site and Project Management roles, finally working in a Contracts Manager position. He has also used his knowledge, as a Director with a local community energy group, in developing their project process.

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Patrick Keogh

Project Manager

Patrick has gained 7 years’ experience as a Project Development Manager with both Peel Energy and Blue Energy delivering large scale renewable projects in England and Scotland. His roles included site identification, lease negotiation, formulation of EIA planning applications whist managing external consultants to deliver consented renewable schemes. He spent 18 years in the delivery of telecommunication infrastructure having worked for firms of Chartered Surveyors acting on behalf of all the mobile operators where he focused on site acquisition, lease negotiation and planning applications. Patrick started his career as a Commercial Surveyor after obtaining a Commercial Land Management Degree in London.