Angus Hardie

Originally trained as an accountant, Angus changed direction and retrained in social work before working on a number of community led regeneration initiatives during the 1980s in the large housing estates that sit on the fringes of Edinburgh.

In the early ’90s he worked in schools with a focus on improving home-school relationships before moving to a city-wide post with a focus on the integration of services for children and families across Edinburgh. More recently, he was responsible for establishing Development Trusts Association Scotland and worked as CEO.

He is currently Director of Scottish Community Alliance, a group of national community sector networks which has been formed to advance the community agenda in Scotland.

Philip Revell

Philip’s background is in engineering, with his interest always having been in renewables and ‘appropriate technology’. For nearly 40 years he has been involved with a range of environmental and community projects, including work with peasant farmers in Zimbabwe, time running courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology and, since moving to Scotland in 1990, various projects in East Lothian. He is a founder member and currently Projects Coordinator for Sustaining Dunbar (a Development Trust, CES member and part of the Transition Network) and is also currently Chair of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and a researcher for the EU ‘Towards European Societal Sustainability’ project.

David Somervell

David Somervell trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art, before joining Heatwise Glasgow as Technical Services Manager. He was appointed as first Energy Manager at the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and has had roles most recently as University Sustainability Adviser in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Since stepping back from that role this March he retains an association with Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

David was closely involved in the first three Combined Heat and Power energy centres at Edinburgh with grant support from the Community Energy programme in 2002-6. Altogether over £30m will have been invested in this low carbon technology by 2017.

Victoria Mackay

In my role as Projects Operations Manager, I am responsible for coordinating and managing the delivery of CES’ portfolio of projects – a role which allows me to be involved in a wide range of interesting and challenging projects, which is great for someone like me who values variety in their day to day working life.

I have extensive experience in project management in the public and third sector, whether supporting and advocating for communities in areas of high fuel poverty, working directly with community organisations to develop their capacity and knowledge around renewable energy, or carrying out low carbon heat feasibility assessments.

I have a BSc in Earth Science and an MSc in Hydrogeology and maintain a keen interest in the planet, its processes, and the ways in which we impact it. Community-based action and the ability to manage and control energy locally is crucial to the growth of renewable energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and I am keen to see real progress being made to meet the very challenging heat decarbonisation targets that have been set in the coming years.

victoria.mackay(at)communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone: 07810 855536

Rona Mackay

My responsibilities are HR, running the Board and Management Team and ensuring a well organised, coherent overall approach to delivery of all our operational projects.  

I have a great deal of experience in community renewables, supporting community groups through major political, regulatory and funding changes. An achievement I’m particularly proud of is forming a local community partnership to deliver Uist Energy in Motion.  I conceived this project to remove barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles in Uist and make electric vehicles more accessible, tackling fuel poverty related to road transport and reducing carbon emissions.  

Recently I managed Community Energy Scotland’s contract with the Energy Savings Trust to deliver community engagement for the COBEN project in Oban and Barra & Vatersay.  I led on the study of opportunities for communities from Surface Water Source Heat Pumps in the Lochmaddy Warmth from Water project, and worked with Lochboisdale Amenity Trust on their Warm Homes project looking at the potential for district heating from wind.  

I was responsible for Community Energy Scotland’s contracts with the Big Lottery and HIE, coordinating teams delivering tailored support on renewables to community groups, and managing the fund distribution for the Community Renewable Energy Support Programme. Through my contract management role, I led the design and roll-out of Interactive Coaching Sessions; telephone conferencing for remote community groups to take forward their projects in support of each other.  

Supporting 5 large wind projects in the Western Isles has played a major part in my role, helping them towards planning permission and managing contracts on their behalf with consultants.  

I led a Community Energy Scotland team working with the Open University to create an educational resource for community micro-renewables projects, and I also wrote and edited sections of the Scottish Government Community Renewable Energy Toolkit 

I’m passionate about the environment & climate change and always have been since I was a youngster. When I joined the Third Sector straight after Uni I felt a new passion for community. Working for Community Energy Scotland gives me the perfect opportunity to work for both. Originally from Glasgow, I fell in love with island life, the people and wildlife in the Western Isles. Living in a small rural community means people have to be adaptable, resilient and tackle their own problems. It’s the same working for Community Energy Scotland, although everyone has their own personal drivers, we share our devotion for community and environment. 

We have a highly skilled and diverse team, many of whom are new to community energy so with 13 years of experience in Community Energy Scotland I bring the story and past learning to our team. 

My main hobby is crofting, we keep around 20 Hebridean sheep on a boggy croft which requires regular ditching (possibly the most satisfying task in the world). My husband comes from a long line of crofters but isn’t up for carrying on the tradition so I’ve raised two children to help me round up the sheep! I’m currently Chair of Sealladh Hiort, a Charity developing a St Kilda viewing centre in North Uist. I love this project as it will create a great local resource for all ages and much needed economic development. 

Rona.Mackay(at)communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Office: 01870 603826 | Mobile: 07949 022617

Peter Long

I was brought up in Orkney, attending Stenness Primary School and Stromness Academy.  Following an interest in technical studies and electrical technologies, I completed an undergraduate degree in 2007 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.  This was complimented by a post-graduate degree in Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, providing my first steps into renewable energy fundamentals and real-world developments. 

After graduation, I spent time travelling and exploring Canada and Australia for a few years before going back into higher education, where I was fortunate enough to be accepted in the Marine Renewable Energy Masters at ICIT in Stromness.  It was during this time that I really came to re-appreciate life in Orkney and the dynamic local energy system.  I graduated from this Masters in 2013. 

I was then fortunate to join the work force at an Orkney-based environmental consultancy called Aquatera, where I principally worked on technological projects centred on energy use and low emission transport. My growing interest in the local energy issues and potential in Orkney brought me to Community Energy Scotland where I helped to deliver the SMILE, BIG HIT and ReFLEX demonstration and innovation projects, where my work involved looking at using innovative grid-smart technologies in combination with more established ones to help balance the local grid with the aim of keeping Orkney’s renewables resource generating as much as possible. My current efforts focus on the low carbon heating efficiency fields within the Heat Pump Plus project. With research into the factors which impact the efficiency and effectiveness to heat pump operation, as well as the barriers to increased adoption of heat pump technologies.

Outside of work I enjoy producing food from my plots in the local community garden and constructing various fun things, such as rafts for the annual local race and confectionery treats! 

peter.long(at)communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone: 07810 855727

Michael Butler

Following an eclectic education ranging from music and neuroscience to physics and engineering departments, I eventually moved to Orkney to manage the standardisation of marine energy noise measurement at EMEC, in collaboration with Loughborough University. Following this I spent a brief stint as a council woodwind music teacher before joining THAW Orkney for almost two years, working to improve the well-being of vulnerable households through personal welfare and energy efficiency support, as well as contributing frontline evidence to governmental working groups. 

At Community Energy Scotland I provide project support, especially in technical areas and IT, but just like my colleagues I am passionate about bridging the gap between big budget energy projects and meaningful social impact. As I am currently working part-time as a volunteer in a rural community hospital in Uganda, I hope I can continue to bring new perspectives to the Community Energy Scotland team. 

Outside of work I look after my two energetic daughters and when I’m in the UK I also love spending time with my loyal hound, a pointer called Lewis. Encouraging new artistic works is a passion of mine when time allows, through various music ensembles and global citizenship through various international alliances. Most importantly, however, I now know all the words of the songs from Frozen II! 

michael.butler@nullcommunityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone no: 07762 135507

Mark Hull

I’ve developed my experience in community development and detailed technical knowledge partly through supporting community-focussed energy programmes over two decades, working for Community Energy Scotland for over 10 of those years. Since joining, I’ve overseen 100+ energy developments in domestic, community and commercial settings – including generation, demand reduction, and smart storage/management. By adopting a creative and innovative approach to community development, I’ve provided support for Orkney communities to lead the way in energy projects. 

My previous role at Community Energy Scotland was as Technical Manager, focussing on large scale renewable energy project development and local energy system innovation to overcome grid constraints. I was privileged to have an instrumental part in the successful project management and delivery of five community owned 900kW turbines on the islands of Hoy, Rousay, Stronsay, Shapinsay and Eday. 

I enjoy being at the forefront of the development of local flexibility projects in Scotland. Most recently, ReFLEX: a major new UKRI funded local flexibility project in Orkney. More widely I’ve delivered environmental, economic & technical studies, surveys and advice for projects in Orkney, Shetland and Mainland Scotland.   

As part of my role as Chief Technical Officer, I oversee Community Energy Scotland and community partner involvement in a portfolio of ground-breaking community smart-energy projects pushing the boundary of how communities own and interact with their local energy systems. These include: Scottish Government funded Carbon Neutral Islands, Islands Centre for Net Zero, LECF Surf ‘n’ Turf, ACCESS, OHLEH and Heat Smart Orkney projects, two EU Horizon 2020 projects –SMILE and BIG HIT, and PITCHES, an Innovate UK project looking to transfer our learning and experience from our Scottish Community activities to other areas, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Our work is integral to the development of Local Energy Economies in Orkney. I sit on the Board of Orkney Renewable Energy Forum and provide operational and technical support and advice to community turbine owners through Community Power Orkney. 

I have gained significant community development experience as a Charitable Trustee of Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre Development Trust and THAW, which provides practical help for households living in fuel poverty. In the past I’ve organised consultations, workshops and other stakeholder events, and provided analysis, information and advice to local authorities and regulatory bodies to assist and inform the creation of renewable planning policy and guidance.  

Previous roles include senior consultant for Aquatera and Research Manager for Ewos Innovations, conducting cross-technology renewable energy resource assessments for Orkney, Shetland and the Highland regions, and marine specific assessments for the whole of the UK coastline and European waters.

If I wasn’t working in community  energy I’d be a full-time gardener and mad cat-person!

Mark.Hull(at)communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone: 07769 671582

Laura Walker-Knowles

In my role I deal with all financial and administrative matters for Community Energy Scotland and Community Energy Scotland Trading. 

I moved to the Highlands originally to take up a post in environmental protection after completing a pollution control diploma, however I ended up working with the Community Energy Scotland team in administration and then finance… best laid plans, but it worked out well! 

I have found my working life to be so much more worthwhile having worked in commercial business prior to joining Community Energy Scotland.   

I love spending time exploring Cyprus and have spent many memorable holidays there.  

Swimming is a great passion of mine however if I’m honest I swim outside because I can’t afford a boat, yet! 

Laura.Knowles(at)communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone: 07786 661858

Jamie Adam

I manage our trading subsidiary, which owns a number of generating assets that provide a financial return to support the charitable work of CES. As part of this, I manage the operations of a windfarm in the Scottish Borders where CES Trading owns a 1/3rd stake. I also carry out consultancy and project management work for private and community clients through CES Trading. 

Most of my work involves developing and building new renewable energy and storage projects. I’ve had particular experience in off-grid systems, including as project manager for the construction of an innovative power system on the remote Isle of Canna in the Inner Hebrides, on a scheme combining solar PV, wind turbines and battery storage. This was a really fulfilling project for me, as I’d been working with the community there since 2009 to help the island move away from diesel as their main power source. The system won the Best Community Project Award at the 2019 Scottish Green Energy Awards. 

The 7.5MW Fishermen Three windfarm which I also project-managed was one of the first in the UK to be developed by two charities, one of which is a housing association, and this won the Margaret Blackwood Award for Housing Innovation, in recognition of the significant numbers of new social homes which will be enabled by the income from the windfarm. 

I’m an electric vehicle owner and self-confessed EV geek, always interested in new developments in this field, and looking out for ways that community groups can benefit from combining renewable generation with storage and electric mobility opportunities. 

Outside of work, I’m often found on or in a river, canoeing and wild swimming. I’ve also recently started some woodworking projects; so far this is proving a time-consuming way to create a lot of wood shavings – and eventually a paddle or two! 

Jamie.Adam@nullcommunityenergyscotland.org.uk

Phone no: 07768 864118

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