Jon Gething – Chairman
After gaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Jon joined the CEGB in Portishead and worked as a controls system engineer for 17 years. During this time he chaired the Avon Wildlife Trust and, on leaving CEGB in 1989, became Director of the Trust. On retirement in 2002 he was elected as a Liberal Democrat town and district councillor for Portishead. A founder of Transition Portishead and Low Carbon Gordano, Jon lived in Portishead for more than 40 years before recently moving to North Devon.
Paul was a senior manager in the Probation Service before taking early retirement in order to set up his own management consultancy business. He moved to Portishead in 2008. He is one of the co- founders of LCG and currently sits on the board of Mongoose Energy as one of the member representatives. He is also actively involved in local politics, local conservation, a community choir and grandparenting..
Bob trained as a scientist before teaching in schools for 25 years and for 10 years he was head of a large Bristol comprehensive. He subsequently worked as an international education consultant, especially in the Middle East and Africa, and most recently in a major EU-funded project in Iraq. Retired since 2013, Bob has lived in Pill for the last 28 years. He has been a parish councillor for 18 years and was a founder member of Sustainable Pill & District.
Helen has over 10 years’ experience working as a renewables lawyer specialising in the property aspects of renewable energy projects. She has spent most of her working life acting for solar and wind farm developers. She now heads up the renewables practice at Thrings Solicitors and acts for both landowners and developers advising on a range of renewables matters including options, leases and project acquisition and disposal work. She has a particular interest in solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and community energy.
Most of Rob’s working life has been spent as a process engineer and project manager, specialising in electronic packaging of low power semiconductors for medical and telecoms applications. More recently he set up Energy-Savvy Ltd, as an energy consultancy for businesses requiring guidance on energy efficiency measures to lower their carbon footprint while getting a quick return on their investment. He moved to Portishead eight years ago.
Brian Titley – Treasurer
Brian Titley is on the board of Cooperative and Community Finance. Currently Vice-Chair of Co-operatives South West, he is a specialist in finance, marketing and governance, and project managed promotional work which led to a successful £1m share issue by Co-operative and Community Finance. A decade ago, after secondment to the University of Southampton, where he completed research into management needs in growth SMEs, Brian returned to work for Co-operative Assistance Network Ltd, a worker co-operative assisting the development of co-ops and social enterprises.
Steve works in the Engineering faculty at the University of Bath, where he teaches postgraduate courses on innovation, project management and sustainable energy, and leads research into sustainable business and community energy. Previously he worked as an IT consultant and project manager before joining Hewlett-Packard and co-founding HP’s first lab dedicated to sustainability. He is a founder member of Transition Nailsea.
Ervin Bossanyi is a Principal Engineer in a leading international renewable energy consultancy firm based in Bristol. He has 35 years’ professional experience of wind energy in academia and industry. He has lived in Backwell for 20 years, commutes to Bristol by bike, and leads the Energy Group of Sustainable Backwell.
After completing a Physics degree at Oxford University Richard joined PwC training as a Chartered Accountant. He spent 5 years working within audit serving a wide range of clients across the manufacturing, utilities and service sectors. Richard joined HBoS (now Lloyds Banking Group) in 2007 working in Finance roles supporting the Retail, Commercial, Insurance and Group businesses. He combines a strong technical accounting / financial skillset with a working knowledge of risk management techniques and business strategy. A qualified Business Analyst and Project Manager Richard now specialises in Finance change. Richard grew up in North Somerset and moved to Portishead in 2006, joining Low Carbon Gordano in 2015.
Chris Funnell – Secretary
Chris has worked in co-operatives and social enterprises since the 1970s, and Development Bodies from 1986 providing advice to some two hundred and thirty client co-operatives and social enterprises. He is a founder-member of a Credit Union, a Housing Co-operative, a Worker Co-operative and Co-operative Consortia. He has been Society Secretary of South East Co-operative Support since its inception in 2004. He was part of the teams that developed and piloted the BTEC accredited Co-operative Certificate in Business Administration (CCBA), the Cork University Certificate in Social Enterprise Employee Development (SEED) and the OCN accredited Social Enterprise Start-Up Programme (SESUP) and Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Worker Training (CASEDWT). Qualifications include postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (with Distinction) from ARMC, North London University and Certificate in Management (Social Enterprise) from the (then) University of the South Bank.