Tony graduated from Reading University in the seventies with a PhD in chemistry. Even at that time he was interested in sustainability and reducing energy consumption and recalls clearly his visits to the Centre for Alternative Technology and to the Saskatchewan Conservation House and how impressed he was with their approaches to both saving energy and to generating renewable energy. Tony is keen for as many organisations in Reading to benefit from solar energy as possible and for this project to bring further benefits to the local community.
Dan has been Energy Manager at University of Reading since 2011, where he leads their carbon reduction programme; achieving a 26% cut in their entire estates’ over 4 years, saving the University £9.9 million in the process. Dan spent a significant amount of time developing proposals for an estate-wide solar PV rollout, which are currently shelved due to change to Government incentives. Previously, Dan spent 4½ years working for the Carbon Trust in a variety of roles, including and establishing a highly-successful national carbon reduction programme for schools. In 2014, Dan gained a first class honours Environmental Studies BSc through the Open University.
Tony Hoskins is Chief Executive of The Virtuous Circle, a management consultancy specialising in reputation and risk. It has extensive experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate reporting of non financial information, including environmental reporting, risk management and stakeholder communications. He set up TVC in 2000. Working with major multinational companies, as well as charities, he has an in-depth understanding of the issues they face in integrating these issues into business policies and planning. Underlying research undertaken includes three CSR research reports in conjunction with The Work Foundation; the RSA and the DTI and Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development; together with a research report prepared for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) conference (reviewed by the ASB on the quality of reporting of the first Business Reviews produced by listed companies) and a subsequent input to ASB for their most recent review of Business Review reporting.
Clare has 30 years of experience working for multinational companies, most recently in a variety of project and programme management roles and has a Cranfield University MBA. Whilst working at BT, Clare was the Sustainability Programme Manager for the extensive Unilever global ICT estate, where she initiated and implemented the first ever customer carbon footprint report of this estate and developed a regular e-waste recycling report. She now works for a large energy company on a major transformation programme. Clare is active with the local Transition Town groups which are community organisations aiming to develop environmental sustainability practices in the area. She led Transition Wokingham until recently and the community garden was awarded a Level 5 – Outstanding in the RHS Britain In Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards in 2015. She was a founder member of Berkshire Energy Pioneers and is passionate about this first ever project to install community owned renewable solar energy in the Reading area.
John Malone – Development Director – Energy4All
John studied renewable energy systems at CREST, Loughborough University. Subsequently, he spent almost 3 years as Renewable Energy Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy in Swaziland, where he was involved in a number of projects including solar energy for rural clinics and schools, fuel-efficient wood stoves and rural electrification. Returning to the UK in 1999, John joined Energy for Sustainable Development where, as a Senior Consultant, he was involved in a range of renewable energy activities including the development of community energy projects and energy services companies. He joined Energy4All in 2007 and is now Development Director, managing a number of co-operative renewable energy projects at various stages of development.
Rachael Hunter – Project Co-ordinator – Energy4All
Rachael lives in Surrey and previously worked for the Environment Agency as a biodiversity officer where she managed a number of projects concerning river bank restoration. Recently she has worked for Wey Valley Soar Schools implementing a number of solar projects on schools in the South East of England. After working closely with Energy4All for a number of years, Rachael has now joined the Energy4All team as a Project Co-ordinator.
Rachel was first elected to Reading Borough Council in 2010 and represents Whitley ward for the Labour party. She is also a member of the Cooperative Party and the GMB union. She is currently Lead Member for Adult Social Care having held the Housing and Neighbourhoods portfolio from 2011-2013.
Professionally Rachel is a director of a small training and consultancy company. She is a qualified accountant and Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Annette Heslop – Company Secretary
Annette Heslop is the Finance and Administration Director of Energy4All, which she joined in 2002. Annette has also been a director of Baywind since 1999. She is responsible for the professional management and administration of all the Energy4All co-ops. As Finance Director of Energy4All, she leads on financial control, modelling, costing, projections, banking and treasury