Our Team

Afsheen Kabir Rashid

CEO

Alongside her role at Repowering, Afsheen is the chair of Community Energy England and a trustee on the board of Friends of the Earth. Prior to founding Repowering she was a senior policy advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She is a community energy specialist with more than 10 years experience working in the sector at local and national levels, including spearheading Lambeth council’s community energy programme. She has a MA in Geography and MEnv in Environment, Science and Society as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex. In 2016 Afsheen was awarded an MBE for her work delivering renewable energy to deprived London communities and, in 2018, she won the Regen Clean Energy Pioneer award.

Felix Wight

Technical Director

Felix leads Repowering’s technical development, including bringing new business models to the market. Prior to joining the organization, he was head of development at Community Energy Scotland and during his career he has overseen the installation of more than 20MW of community-owned generation capacity. He is a member of a several industry fora and working groups looking at grid access and innovation in the supply market.

Dave Fuller

Programme Manager -
Rooftop Solar

Dave is responsible for creating the structure that allows Repowering to install assets and bringing Repowering’s community-owned projects to life. An experienced community activist, he has cooked for over 100 people at a fracking site in Lancashire, taken part in climate demonstrations at COP21 in Paris and helped build an adventure playground in Senegal. He has a background in education, music and performance.

Aryanisha Lawes

Programme Manager -
Community Support Services

Aryanisha oversees Repowering’s fuel poverty services, implementing schemes and looking for ways to improve them. She is particularly interested in partnering with other service providers to develop better models for holistically supporting London’s most vulnerable fuel-poor residents. Aryanisha is also piloting a new approach to community engagement by helping to appoint local Energy Champions. She works to put effective and responsible participant recruitment at the heart of Repowering’s innovation trials.

Eva Goudouneix

Community Development Manager

Eva engages the local people living around our rooftop and innovation projects, ensuring that they invest in, and benefit from, community energy. She brings a supplier’s perspective to Repowering, having worked for Bulb Energy in their customer and industry relations teams. She has an Economics degree and a Masters in Environmental Economics and Policy from UCL.

Frances Lobel

Energy AdvisEr and AdvocatE

Chloe Duffin

Community Champion:
Lambeth Community Solar

As a Community Champion, Chloe supports the growth and development of LCS to make Lambeth greener. She runs engagement activities, and workshops, connects with residents and businesses, and advocates for community energy at a local level. Chloe brings to the co-op her experience in teaching, and is currently completing a Masters in Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Protection.

Nasri Ismael

Community Champion:
North Kensington Community Energy

As a Community Champion, Nasri builds connections with a wide range of local groups to develop NKCE into a lively and vibrant co-op. She inspires and engages residents and communities to take climate action in their local area. Nasri is an experienced community organiser and consultant, and brings to the co-op her strong network of local contacts and knowledge of the community.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

SYED AHMED (CHAIR)

Syed has almost 20 years experience working in sustainable energy and has occupied senior roles in public, private and third sector organizations. He is currently a director of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, a trustee for national fuel poverty organization National Energy Action and a policy advisor to the Green Gas Certification Scheme. In 2015 he produced a report on opportunities for urban green infrastructure investment for the Green Investment Bank.

ANDRÉ PINHO

André brings a deep understanding of the energy domain to Repowering. He is a chartered engineer and energy manager, and a certified measurement and verification professional. A specialist in energy efficiency, he is a director of Repowering’s Brixton Energy Solar 1 & 3 projects and the secretary of Brixton Energy Solar 2. He holds a Masters degree in aerospace engineering and completed a thesis on large-scale wind energy modeling. He currently serves as a committee member on the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Energy, Environmental and Sustainability Group.

BECKY PAYNE

A trained archaeologist, Becky is an expert in the conservation of heritage buildings. During a 25 year career in building conservation, she held executive positions in public and private bodies – including Historic England and the Church of England’s Cathedral and Church Buildings Division. Since 2011, Becky has worked as a freelance consultant and researcher on sustaining historic places of worship through wider community use.

TAYLOR ROARK

Taylor provides consultancy services on sustainability and renewable energy projects globally. He is a founding board member of Repowering and has provided legal and strategic advice on several community-owned renewable energy projects. Taylor worked as commercial and legal manager in the development of offshore wind projects around the world and has practiced corporate law in New York, Tokyo and London.

CHARLES BAGSHAW

Charles supports Repowering’s business development and technical due diligence work, ensuring we are well positioned to achieve our fuel poverty and community-owned energy goals. He is a director of CarbonPlan, where he leads a team of energy and sustainability consultants, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Specialist Economics and a Masters in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. His Masters thesis provided an analysis of the government’s solar energy incentives.

NIALL RIDDELL

Niall has more than 10 years experience working within the energy and utilities sector. He has occupied roles across energy generation and customer supply and provides expertise on energy innovation, strategy, policy and finance. He supports the development of Repowering’s business plan, helping to frame it within the context of a UK energy market in which distributed energy plays a growing role. 

LUKE SMITH

Luke helps Repowering realise its goals by directing its financial strategy. He is a qualified accountant having trained with, and worked for, KPMG. His passion is helping business owners innovate their systems, services and products in order to provide customers with more value. His experience covers accounts, auditing, tax and business growth.

BILL HEATH

Bill has worked with utilities companies for over 30 years, and his experience covers the oil, gas, electricity and transport sectors. He is currently a partner at global management consultancy firm, Oliver Wyman, where he helps organisations deliver on their strategy by providing advice on change management, organisational design, organisational effectiveness and operational risk management. He has a Masters in Engineering and Management and a Masters in Business Administration.