Jon Gething – Chair

Jon GethingAfter 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.

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

Paul Thurston

Paul Thurston

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.

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

Bob Langton

Bob Langton

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 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

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 the property practice across England and Wales for energy law firm, Renew Legal 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

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.

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

Steve Cayzer

Steve Cayzer

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.

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

Ervin Bossanyi

Ervin Bossanyi

Ervin Bossanyi is a physics graduate with a PhD in energy econometrics. He has been engaged in wind energy research and development since 1978, working in academia and the wind power industry, and in 1994 he moved to Backwell to join the Garrad Hassan wind energy consultancy in Long Ashton, now part of DNV GL in Bristol, where he is a senior principal researcher. He also has a visiting professorship at Bristol University where he helps to develop student projects in renewables, and has co-authored the widely-used Wind Energy Handbook. He has been an active member of the Sustainable Backwell transition group since it started. In addition to renewable energy, he has been interested in all aspects of sustainability for many years. He cycles to work in Bristol, having been a cycle-commuter for most of his working life, and grows organic veg at home.

Ervin joined the board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016

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.

Maddy Milnes

PastedGraphic-1As well as a board member of LCG, Maddy is a founder member of Avalon Community Energy with 6 years’ experience of community energy.  She is a retired HR professional with a career that spanned 30 years including 15 years at board level.  Whilst working on large complex organisational change projects,  she developed expertise in organisational development, engagement and leadership development. In 2007 she successfully completed her MSc in Strategic Management from Bristol University. She currently lives in Wells, with her husband Nigel and is active in the local community supporting projects focussed on supporting the environment and improving sustainability.

Maddy was c0-opted to the board in 2018.

Stewart Crocker

stewart mugshot casualFrom a background in farm management, Stewart developed his career in environmental conservation and international development working for a number of non-profit organisations as CEO, consultant and trustee. Latterly, he served as Executive Director of Waste Watch, until he retired in 2014, and as Senior Independent Board Member and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth for eight years until 2016. As a result, he brings director level experience of charity fundraising, campaigning, business management and leadership.

Stewart believes passionately in social and environmental justice and in the urgent need to drive down carbon emissions. The potential to make a catalytic contribution to these concerns, combined with his spirit of enterprise, was the reason he joined the Board of Avalon Community Energy in 2017. He was appointed Chair in 2018 when he also became a director of Low Carbon Gordano. He chairs Wells Food Network and is an active member of Sustainable Wells.

Stewart was co-opted to the board in 2018.

Last updated 2/5/19