Vacancies: Two Exciting New Opportunities at CES

CES are delighted to be able to share two exciting vacancies in sustainability, decarbonisation and creating routes through carbon neutral communities

CES are looking to recruit an Orkney Innovation Development Officer to work with the Community Energy Scotland operational team to provide technical, community and project management support to a portfolio of community-led Orkney energy projects.

We are also looking to recruit a Dumfries & Galloway: N76 Project Officer to work on sustainable transport solutions in Dumfries & Galloway and East Ayrshire. Network 76 in Motion (N76) is a project developed together by 6 communities on and around the A76 with support from Community Energy Scotland.

More information on both roles, as well as application packs, can be found on our careers & opportunities page.

Network 76 in Motion

Exciting New Role being advertised at CES

Network 76 in Motion (N76) is a multi-year community project aiming to develop sustainable transport solutions and networks with and for a partnership of community trusts connected by, or near to, the A76, including New Cumnock Development Trust, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust, Sanquhar Enterprise Company, Kier, Penpoint and Tynron Development Trust, Nith Valley Leaf Trust and Moniaive Initiative. Community Energy Scotland will manage and deliver the project. N76 hopes to provide sustainable transport reports to all the communities involved with the first year of the project targeting staff, volunteers and board members of the community groups involved, focussing on the two initial stages of behaviour change, pre-contemplation and contemplation, by baseline setting and capacity building.


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Moniaive Initiative is a community-led community organisation, established in 2013, to deliver legacy projects to the rurally remote parish of Glencairn. At the heart of our community is Moniaive, a Conservation Village at the meeting of three glens. In a time when other communities are losing amenities, Moniaive manages to support a primary school, village grocery store & post office, medical practice, garage & filling station, two hotels, an Italian restaurant, and a wide range of other home businesses.

In our first round of local consultation in 2015/16 we identified local transport and connection issues as a potential barrier to future community development. Poor transport impacts on local access to key facilities and services, including employment and healthcare. At that time those barriers felt beyond the control of a small, recently established local development trust. The recent Covid emergency, though, has increased our sense of ‘remoteness’, and made us realise just how important our connections to other nearby communities are.

We have full-funding in place for this project for 1 year and plan to seek further funding for future years.

All-Energy Exhibition & Conference 2021

A message from All Energy and Dcarbonise – 18 – 19 August 2021 – SEC Centre, Glasgow

All-Energy is at the core of the UK renewable and low carbon energy community. We bring together business, academia and government to share expertise and inspiration, forge partnerships, accelerate projects and generate business.

Now in its 20th year, All-Energy has become a catalyst for innovation, opportunity and shared progress towards a prosperous and sustainable net zero, enabling users throughout the supply chain to experience the full range of technologies and solutions available.

Connecting the renewables and low carbon energy community

The renewables and low-carbon energy industry loves attending our annual event in Glasgow. Co-located with Dcarbonise, we take pride of place in being the UK’s largest low carbon energy and full supply chain renewables event, offering a busy, buzzing environment full of opportunity.

On the show floor, you’ll find suppliers of renewable and low carbon energy solutions meeting and connecting with developers, investors and buyers from around the world. Everywhere you look you’ll see industry experts discussing the new technologies that will help us to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.

We’re an event that inspires, creates business connections and educates. Alongside our innovative exhibitors on the show floor, we also have 12 theatres with hundreds of hours of free educational programmes from world-class speakers. You can expect interactive features, networking events, workshops and other activities designed to meet your business needs.

Network and connect at our full supply chain event

All-Energy and Dcarbonise welcomes professionals from a variety of sectors like hydropower, offshore/onshore wind, bioenergy, marine renewable energy, low carbon heat, smart transport and industrial decarbonisation. Nowhere else will you find such intense interaction between developers, manufacturers, fundholders, policymakers and every group with a stake in our shared energy future.

Join us in 2021 at the SEC Glasgow

Scotland provides the perfect location for All-Energy and Dcarbonise, playing an important role in the drive to net zero with their ambitious targets. Their legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 is five years ahead of the date set for the UK as a whole, providing the perfect backdrop for our event as we discuss and debate how to meet this goal.

If you’re in the industry you won’t want to miss out, so join us from 18-19 August at the SEC, Glasgow. Take the opportunity to connect with your peers and contribute to our shared progress towards a prosperous and sustainable net zero.

Visit our website and register your interest:

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland – new chair needed following COP26

To perform this role, you’ll need a rather special set of qualities. Chief amongst them is an informed passion and energy for the action needed to tackle the climate emergency. Beyond this, SCCS is a member-led coalition and as such requires cooperation and consensus building from all involved but particularly from its Chair. In addition, we are looking for a Chair who will…..see this link for more information.

First State of the Sector survey for Scotland

We are pleased to announce that in 2021, for the first time, Community Energy Scotland will be working with Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales and Regen to produce the State of the Sector report. That means that this year the survey covers the entire British community energy sector.

We will be in contact with our Members soon to ask you to participate in this important document.

You can click on this link for last year’s report from Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales.

CEO Vacancy

Permanent, Full Time (35 hours per week)

Applications required by 1700hrs on 11th December 2020

Community Energy Scotland (CES) is seeking to appoint a suitable candidate to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is central to CES’ continuing function as Scotland’s leading community energy development organisation. The role requires a high level of integrity, commitment, well-developed leadership skills, and excellent foresight and judgement. Key elements of the role include, ensuring a consistently strong governance framework, providing a clear sense of organisational purpose and direction, and maintaining a high level of staff and board confidence.
With a creative and developmental mind-set, the successful candidate will ensure that CES continues to overcome every challenge that it meets and makes the most of the opportunities to maintain and increase its impact.

You can download the Application Pack here and our Vacancy Application Form here.

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!

Phone no: 07762 135507

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!

Phone no: 07768 864118

Connor Malloy

I also provide continuing support for the Heat Smart Orkney project and Community Power Orkney. 

Having worked at CES since 2016, I have worked on the early, more basic, demand-side management trial projects such as ACCESS and HSO, right through to the more advanced and pioneering projects such as SMILE and ReFLEX. As such I have developed a good understanding of a wide range of elements required to make these projects work, from customer and community engagement, to technical specification, project installations and local grid flexibility work alongside grid operators.  

Having grown up on the island of Burray in Orkney, I am passionate about protecting and empowering rural communities, particularly island communities, and feel that the work CES carries out provides a great opportunity to work in partnership with community groups to provide economic and social opportunities to their communities. I think it’s great to see colleagues from different backgrounds and areas share similar values across CES, be it in rural or urban areas, and feel that as a relatively small team, we all provide our own areas of expertise or interests that together, make CES a successful organisation that can provide support in innumerable ways.  

A keen musician (although semi-retired), I have been lucky enough for music to take me to venues and festivals across Europe in my younger days! All round music geek, big fan of reading ‘classic’ novels and my first love, Celtic FC.  I could probably be considered the local office gossip…

Phone no: 07795 801814

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