Tony Cowling (Chair)
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.
Andrew Nind has worked in the energy sector for over 30 years, mainly as a management consultant. He has undertaken commercial analysis of power projects throughout Europe for a wide range of clients, with a focus in recent years on wind and solar generation and the economics of de-carbonisation. In addition to private sector clients, he has advised industry regulators, government departments and publicly owned companies. Andrew is married, has two daughters, and likes playing the piano.
Dan has been Energy & Sustainability Manager at University of Reading since 2011, leading on the delivery of sustainability in their operations. He has overseen a 41% cut in the University’s carbon emissions, saving £30 million in energy costs cumulatively. Dan has a first‐class honours in Environmental Studies BSc, was named ‘Public Sector Energy Manager of the Year’ in 2019, and awarded 2021 ‘Net Zero Carbon Strategy of the Year’ by the Energy Manager’s Association.
Tony Hoskins is Chief Executive of The Virtuous Circle (TVC), a management consultancy specialising in reputation and risk. It has extensive experience in corporate social responsibility, corporate reporting of non financial information, including environmental reporting, risk management and stakeholder communications. Working with major multinational companies, as well as charities, Tony has an in-depth understanding of the issues they face in integrating these issues into business policies and planning.
John studied renewable energy systems at CREST, Loughborough University. He worked at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Swaziland in projects ranging from solar energy for rural clinics and schools, to fuel-efficient wood stoves. John then joined Energy for Sustainable Development working in renewable energy activities including community energy project development 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.
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 training and consultancy company. She is a qualified accountant and Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Liz was first elected to Reading Borough Council in 2012 and was elected Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council in 2023. She represents Minster Ward and is also Lead Member for Corporate Services & Resources. Liz previously held a number of roles in Local Government and more recently was Chief executive for Berkshire Women’s Aid for 7 years. Liz has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management.
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.
Mike has spent 30 years as a consultant to companies, specialising in employee share ownership and corporate governance. He has always taken a strong interest in environmental issues and is now focusing on steps businesses can take to prevent a climate emergency. He recently completed a part-time master’s degree in the Economics of Climate Change at Reading University.