OUR TEAM

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

AGAMEMNON OTERO MBE

Co-founder director & CEO

Agamemnon is a co-founding director of Repowering. He is also a director of marine transport infrastructure company Hydra and the Repowering projects Energy Garden and Brixton Energy Solar 1, 2 & 3. He co-founded industry advocacy body Community Energy England and in his role as a London Leader sat on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Office’s Community Energy Contact Group. He has a Masters degree in Architecture: Advanced Environment and Energy and previously worked as the director for Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at a financial institution. In 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to community energy and in 2017 was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Green Leaders globally by CSR Congress.

AFSHEEN KABIR RASHID MBE

Co-founder director & 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.

THE DELIVERY TEAM

BEN GILL

OPERATIONS MANAGER

As operations manager, Ben sets-up processes and systems which enable Repowering to scale-up and replicate its model more quickly and effectively. His work includes coordinating Repowering’s communications, fundraising, monitoring, compliance and governance. Following a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, Ben spent four years as a sustainability consultant with Bioregional and four years setting-up pay-as-you-go home solar systems across East Africa with Azuri.

DAVE FULLER

ROOFTOP PROJECTS MANAGER

Dave is responsible for creating the momentum on the ground that brings 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.

CHARLOTTE LAWES

FUEL POVERTY & INNOVATION PROJECT MANAGER

Charlotte 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. Charlotte 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 is at the heart of Repowering’s innovation trials.

RHYS WILLIAMS

ENERGY GARDEN PROJECT MANAGER

Rhys is responsible for delivering the Energy Garden programme: bringing new gardens into the scheme and managing the 35 gardens in network. He has an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of South Wales. While completing his thesis, he worked with the Welsh government to increase understanding of the factors that influence the feasibility of renewables schemes.

ALI HAMMOUD

FUEL POVERTY & INNOVATION OFFICER

Ali delivers Repowering’s fuel poverty work. He tackles energy-related hardship by carrying out energy audits for local residents and devising and installing energy efficiency schemes. He also provides general technical support to new and on-going projects. Ali has a background in electrical engineering and completed an MSc in renewable energy engineering.

EVA GOUDOUNEIX

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

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.

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.

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