There are currently 6 directors:
Peter Thompson (Chair)
Peter works as a consultant in the telecommunications industry, but also has a Diploma in sustainability from the Schumacher Institute. He has heavily insulated his loft and installed solar PV on his roof, but sees the greatest potential for real change at the community rather than just the individual level. Peter has a background in mathematics and physics and previous experience of company directorship and chairing a trade association, all of which he brings to bear on the future development of the Coop.
email: peter.thompson (@bristolenergy.coop)
Andy O'Brien ( Secretary)
Andy is a founder director and former founder chair of Sustainable Westbury-on-Trym in North Bristol. He has a background in project management and IT, and is PRINCE2 trained. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and previously taught for 10 years overseas and in the English secondary / FE sectors. He is a member of Sustainable Thornbury.
email: andy.obrien (@bristolenergy.coop)
Chris worked as an NHS Consultant and was a founder and former chair of Sustainable Bishopston. He has a long standing interest in sustainable architecture and energy use and has opened his home in Bishopston as part of the Bristol Green Doors project. Chris joined the Board inspired by the Coop's aim of making greater Bristol's energy economy much more sustainable and equitable.
email: chris.speller (@bristolenergy.coop)
Andrew is an Architectural Technician, New-Build Domestic Energy Assessor, and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor at NOMA Architects Ltd, and one of the founder directors of the coop. Andrew negotiates with the owners of proposed roof installations, prepares planning applications, arranges energy assessments and liaises with structural engineers to to ensure the route to installing solar PV on our partners' roofs runs smoothly.
email: andrew.lee (@bristolenergy.coop)
Eric has lived in an 1820's house in Southville for over 20 years and over that time has brought the energy standards up to about as high as they can go for a refit, starting with the essentials such as draft-proofing and insulation, through to external solid wall insulation. PV and solar thermal were installed in 2006 and since then he has tracked the energy use of the house every month. The house has been part of the Bristol Green Doors network since it set up and visited by hundreds of people.
Eric has always worked in the field of environmental and social organisations including nearly 20 years for the Soil Association and then for Sustrans as part of the Cycling City project. He also worked for a worker co-op (Essential Trading) and has managed teams, large budgets and projects.
For 12 years he was a trustee of Windmill Hill City Farm, including 7 years as Chair, and has been on various other management committees such as 5 years with the Southville Centre. He is involved with the Bedminster Energy Group and has helped run the Bristol Cycling Campaign since it started.
Gareth’s professional background in working as a finance officer in the public sector. He is also a founder member and CEO of Brendon Energy - a community owned renewable energy co-operative in Somerset - and has experience of running community solar PV projects.
get in touch: info[at]bristolenergy.coop | 07503 372 689