High Winds has no employees and the business is not dependent on key individuals. Administration and day to day operations is managed by Energy4All under the supervision of the Board. The Board will bear ultimate responsibility to the Members, acting on reports and advice from Energy4All.
The Services Agreement between High Winds and Energy4All is for an initial period of 10 years.
High Winds– Directors & Company Secretary
I am original member of Baywind and Fenland Green Power Co-op and I am an enthusiastic supporter of renewables and green energy. My professional career has been in developing computer technology for leading corporations. In July 2008, after 22 years in the industry I decided to retire from full time employment and spend more time pursuing those things I feel more strongly about.
I have worked for Energy4All Ltd since 2002 as site manager for the Harlock Hill site. Firstly managing the turbines under the ownership of Baywind until the five Wind World turbines (my ageing pensioners) were dismantled in January 2016 and secondly for High Winds managing the two new Enercon turbines. Prior to Energy4All I worked in the shipbuilding industry for 25 years working on the nuclear submarines.
Obviously as technology has moved on, the Enercon machines are much more efficient and larger than the Wind World model. My current role is to monitor the performance daily through an online SCADA system, liaise with Enercon and report to the High Winds Board. I also monitor the Haverigg II wind farm for Thrive Renewables & Baywind, two wind turbines for Four Winds Co-op and five turbines for Westmill Wind Co-op.
I have deep-rooted links with the High Winds wind farm and indeed the neighbouring Mean Moor wind farm as I was part of the team that secured planning consent for the development and latterly was instrumental in securing finance for the Mean Moor construction. My employment with Infinergy (the company who developed both schemes) spanned over 8 years where I gained a significant understanding of the engagement processes with community stakeholders as well as an in-depth knowledge of the technical and environmental issues surrounding windfarm operations.
My current role is owner and director of Elegen, a company committed to reducing energy consumption across commercial and industrial businesses. This enables me to appreciate an alternative view of why we invest in and operate commercial scale projects that seek to lower our carbon emissions whilst delivering a viable economic return.
I live and work in the Lake District and I am a current shareholder of High Winds as is my wife.
My work is focussed on renewable energy and I am a senior project manager for the National Trust installing hydro electric plants in the area. I have installed a 100kW hydro at Stickle Ghyll and I am completing two further schemes, one in Borrowdale and one in Patterdale. Prior to this I installed a number of hydro plants in Snowdonia including the Hafod y Llan scheme, the NT’s first high head hydro scheme. This also included a number of other environmental projects such as Solar PV, ground source heat pumps and biomass. I also assisted a community scheme in North Wales as a technical consultant, Pro Bono.
Outside of work I am a keen fell runner with Black Combe Runners where I have been captain for the past 2 years.
As a former permanent employee of Infinergy Limited I was the Project Manager of the Furness Wind Farm development for over 7 years, from March 2008 until my departure in May 2016. The Furness Wind Farm incorporated the repowering of the Harlock Hill windfarm, replacing the original five turbines with two more modern machines, in conjunction with the development of three adjacent turbines at Mean Moor. I was responsible for the day to day management of the entire development throughout the design and planning stages including the preparation, submission and delivery of a complex planning application and subsequent appeals process. My role included leading negotiations with key stakeholders incorporating local landowners, DNO, Statutory Consultees, Planning Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate. Furthermore I remained involved throughout the construction of both the Mean Moor and Highwinds windfarms as project lead on the discharge of pre commencement planning conditions whilst advising on access, grid, turbine procurement, transportation, anemometry and groundworks matters.
A resident of South Lakeland for over 30 years Chris originally came to the Barrow area whilst working on construction work at the shipyards and then moved to Kendal before establishing a Civil and Structural Engineering design consultancy with offices near Lancaster. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has a long-standing interest in renewable energy projects having worked on several wind farm and hydroelectric projects in a professional capacity, which also included some supervision work during the construction of High Winds in 2016.
Chris now works as a freelance consultant and is currently involved with projects in South Wales. However, his commitment to full time work is reducing so he is now looking to retain some interest on community schemes particularly in this locality. He is married with two grown up children one of whom lives in Australia whilst the other is in the Bristol area.
In 2011 Chris spent six months in Malawi volunteering as a design engineer on a community development project and then in 2015 spent five months in New Zealand working on earthquake related reconstruction. For recreation and pastime Chris enjoys travel, fell walking and racquet sports having been an active member of local clubs and societies in the Kendal area for the last thirty years.
Annette Heslop and John Malone are also Directors of Energy4All and Annette Heslop acts as Company Secretary of High Winds and Energy4All.
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.
John Malone studied renewable energy systems at CREST, Loughborough University (1994/5). 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.