CfR  was  set  up  by  a  team  of  highly  experienced  renewable  energy,  finance  and  legal  professionals,  with the support of RegenSW.  CfR works through a combination of in-house expertise and a network of associates and partners, including local energy enterprises we work with who have developed useful expertise.

Jake Burnyeat (CfR Managing Director)

Jake is a renewable energy professional with over 10 years’ experience covering renewable energy project development, acquisitions, finance, procurement and providing strategic advice to community energy enterprises, local authorities and a range of large corporations.

Prior to founding CfR he was Chief Operating Officer of Green Peninsula, a Cornwall based company helping large corporations to develop and implement their own renewable energy strategies, including working with a major international retail and manufacturing company to develop a EU1billion wind power investment strategy which is now being implemented and securing planning consent for a number of MW-scale wind projects. Prior to that he worked in the Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Group in Exeter. He is a director of a number of the local energy enterprises CfR has helped to set up. He has an MSc in Renewable Energy Policy and Economics from Imperial College London, a 1st class MA in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews.

Tom Cosgrove (Development Manager)

Tom has 6 years’ experience working on commercial scale renewable energy projects across the UK. His experience covers all elements of project development from site identification and commercial negotiations with landowners, through the planning process, including overseeing a number of planning inquiries, to discharge of planning conditions, pre-construction procurement and securing project finance. He spent 5 years managing the development of a portfolio of wind projects totalling in excess of 60MW at Broadview Energy and prior to that worked on wind projects in France, Portugal and Poland. He has experience in procurement, financing raising and lender and acquisition due diligence

Tom has a BSc (hons) in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter.

Jason Blanchard (Technical Manager)

Jason has experience in the feasibility, technical design, procurement and installation of all renewable energy technologies ranging from domestic and commercial-scale solar PV to biomass boilers. His work has included system design, component level procurement, project management of installation contractors and hands-on installation experience of large scale heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal installations.

Jason has a (MEng) in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter and is working towards gaining Chartered Energy Engineer status with the Energy Institute. He was a Senior Student Ambassador for the University of Exeter. His duties included community outreach in the form of delivering sessions in local schools to raise aspirations and provide inspiration about higher education. He also regularly facilitated events at the university for the local communities and wider public, usually presenting information to large audiences.

Sam Reed – Associate Accountant and Financial Modeling (Westerly Chartered Accountants)

Sam qualified as Chartered Accountant with ICAS in 2005, having trained with Ernst and Young within their audit practice before moving to a division of their corporate finance team focusing on renewable energy and waste projects.  More recently he has worked for Mole Valley Farmers as the Financial Controller for their Agri business before forming Westerly Accountancy.  Sam has a wide range of experience in business modelling and helped develop the CFR project model.

CfR non-executive board

Jonathan Johns FCA CF CTA (CfR non-exec Chairman)

Jonathan is a highly experienced corporate finance professional, who has been closely involved in the renewable energy and low carbon sectors for over 20 years. He secured the finance for the first wind farm in the UK, the first community wind project in the UK and a number of other wind, solar and biomass projects. He also developed a Windfarm on his own account prior to its sale. Jonathan was founding partner of the Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Group instigating the influential Ernst & Young renewable energy country attractiveness indices. He is experienced in large-scale social enterprise and helped raise the initial finance for the Eden Project. He is a past Treasurer of the predecessor to UK Renewables, the British Wind Energy Association and the Renewable Energy Association and currently serves on the steering group of Transform UK. He is a non-executive director of Regen SW and is on the advisory board of Verus Energy, a biomass developer, and Energence, a provider of remote monitoring services to the built environment.

Richard Coombs (non-exec Director)

Richard is chairman of South West Investment Group, a non profit making company which provides funding to businesses across the South West. He also holds a number of other non executive directorships and trusteeships.

For many years Richard was a partner with leading regional law firm Foot Anstey LLP. He specialised in corporate law advice including governance, raising finance and business mergers and acquisitions, and still works part-time for them as a consultant.

Cheryl Hiles (non-exec Director)

Cheryl is a director of Regen SW and is responsible for its broad programme of activity to support the delivery of sustainable energy. She has led Regen SW’s work on community and onshore renewable energy, having developed a protocol on community engagement and guidance for wind energy development. Cheryl is responsible for the Regen SW community energy support programme which is working to develop a positive environment for community energy in the South West through training, networking events, knowledge sharing, providing input to national and local policy and media relations.

Merlin Hyman (non-exec Director)

Merlin is the chief executive of Regen SW and was previously director of the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), where he championed the views of the environmental technology and services industry to the government. Merlin has a track record in influencing positive policy for renewable energy, and community energy in particular.

CfR associates

CfR is developing a network of associates with relevant expertise.  If you would be interested in working with CfR please contact Jake Burnyeat.

Jodie Giles (Regen SW – Community engagement advisor)

Jodie is responsible for RegenSW’s community energy support programme. Jodie helps CfR, and the local energy cooperatives we work with, to develop effective community engagement strategies. Jodie has over 9 years’ experience working in community engagement, and joined Regen SW from the Eden Project, where she worked on community resilience, bulk energy buying, neighbourhood planning and social inclusion projects. Jodie has a first class honours degree in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting, is Prince2 certified, and on the Board for Cornwall Collaborative C.I.C.

Chris Elliott (Renewables First Hydro Power Expert)

Chris has worked on hydropower projects across the UK for over a decade, with a focus on the South West of England.  He is based in Ponsworthy on Darmoor. He has designed, installed and operates schemes between a few kW up to many hundreds, as part of his role for Renewables First and formerly Western Renewable Energy.  He has written a textbook on the subject and is an acknowledged expert in Archimedean screw hydropower systems.

Charlie Blair (Marine Energy Expert)

Charlie is an independent energy technology specialist working on emerging energy technologies with particular expertise in marine energy.   Charlie has over ten years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, both as an independent consultant and working for Solar Century, the Sustainable Development Commission and the Carbon Trust.

Charlie spent the past 4 years (up to August 2014) leading the Carbon Trust’s work supporting marine energy technology.  He managed delivery of over £20m of funds to companies developing wave and tidal prime-mover and enabling technology, as well as leading research into the characteristics of the UK wave and tidal resource.   Charlie sits on the Renewable UK Marine Strategy Group, and has contributed to strategy analysis for the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments as well as The Crown Estate.  In conjunction with the Crown Estate he led the research into the potential for electricity generation from wave and tidal stream generators in UK waters.

Johnny Lewis (Associate)

Johnny has been involved in a number of community energy initiatives in the South West. He has over 10 years’ of experience in renewable energy and runs his own renewable energy advisory company – JSLewis Ltd. He has provided strategic, technical and commercial advice on over 100 major planning applications. Johnny has experience in hydropower, anaerobic digestion, solar PV, wind and a range of building-integrated technologies.

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