Directors

Bob Langton – Chair

Bob trained as a scientist before teaching in schools Bob Langtonfor 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 since 1986. He has been a parish councillor for 21 years and was a founder member of Sustainable Pill & District.

Bob was a founder director of LCG in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015

Paul Thurston

Paul was a senior manager in the Probation Service before taking early Paul Thurstonretirement 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.

Paul was a founder director of LCG in 2011 and was re-elected in 2018.

Helen Rumford

HH PhotoHelen has over 14 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 GA Energy, a bespoke energy law service provided by GA Solicitorsl 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, energy storage and community energy.

Helen was co-opted to the board in 2016

Brian Titley – Treasurer

Brian Titley is on the board of Cooperative and Community Finance. Brian TitleyCurrently 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.

Brian was co-opted to the board in 2015 and elected in 2018.

Steve Cayzer

Steve works in the Engineering faculty at the University of Bath, Steve Cayzerwhere 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.

Steve joined the board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2017

Richard Bate

RB 1 (4)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.

Richard was elected to the board in 2015.

Hilary Sudbury

Snapshot of me 1Hilary Sudbury has been providing co-operative and social enterprise advice to both start up and existing groups in the Bristol and former Avon area for over 20 years, she is on the board of South West Co-operative Support and works as an associate for Co-operative Assistance Network Limited, a worker co-operative assisting the development of co-ops and social enterprises.  Hilary is a licensed practitioner with the Community Shares Unit to advise on the development of and assess community shares offers against the Standards Mark.

Hilary was co-opted to the board in 2018.

Chris Stuart-Bennett

Headshot 2Chris began his environmental career in 2009 after having worked in the IT field for the previous decade. Initially working for Imperial Tobacco as their Non-Financial Reporting controller he progressed to managing the Global renewable energy and energy efficiency strategy for the company.
Upon leaving Imperial and moving to Long Ashton, Chris became involved in the local FLoW (Failand, Long Ashton and Wraxall) energy group which led to his introduction to Low Carbon Gordano. Initially working as part of the Community Benefit Fund committee, Chris rapidly established himself as an asset to LCG.

Chris was co-opted to the board in 2017 and elected in 2018.

Malcolm Miller

Malcolm joins the board with a wealth of commercial and marketing experience. He built and led a Wiltshire based business serving the global automotive sector creating learning and development programmes for many of the automotive manufacturers. His interest and passion lies in how we can create sustainable mobility and transport in a rapidly changing world where dependence on fossil fuels will disappear, and will require new solutions and a new approach to energy infrastructure.

Malcolm now works as a non-executive director in the automotive sector and serves as a Trustee for a Wiltshire based re-use charity KFR

Malcolm was co-opted to the board in 2019

Stuart Urquhart

Stuart has 20 years’ experience working as a contracts lawyer with TLT in Bristol and in that time has advised on hundreds of renewable energy projects. This includes work for Triodos Bank on dozens of wind, solar and other projects it has financed over the years, as well as advice given to many different solar and other renewables developers on power purchase agreements and other contracts.

He has had a personal interest in environmental matters for over 20 years and feels that he is now in a position where he can make a tangible contribution to LCG.

Stuart was co-opted to the board in 2019.

Last updated 06 Apr 20