Richard Alexander (Treasurer) is a Chartered Certified Accountant, with a practice in Wadebridge. He is currently updating his own business plan and aiming to become a sustainable business by 2015, including solar panels on the roof, reducing paper use and nominating a sustainability champion within the business to really try and help us live and work within our environmental limits.
David Atfield (Academic and Student Liaison) recently retired as a lecturer in organisational behaviour and strategy at Cornwall College. He is particularly interested in helping make the internships and research by students from Exeter University and Cornwall College a reality and in ensuring WREN's own research is informed by and conforms with best practice.
Jerry Clark (Technical Director), has a degree in Environmental Science, and is a life-long environmentalist with technical expertise in renewable energy and green building.
Tony Faragher (Company Secretary) has a long-standing interest in environmental issues. Professionally he worked as a manager and service developer with economically and socially excluded people (offenders, substance misuse, mental health) and so is especially interested in the social justice aspects of energy policy.
Elizabeth-Jane Frankel (Art/Events Director) is an artist whose professional practice encompasses environmental and public site specific projects, including running public consultation programmes for large projects. She runs a holding raising rare breed livestock.
Stephen Frankel (Chair) raises rare-breed livestock. The farm is powered from renewable sources and he seeks to bring those benefits to the wider Wadebridge population. He has extensive experience of international and UK health and development programmes, and an academic background in epidemiology, anthropology and public health.
Adrian Jones (Editor of the WREN Newsletter) has been interested in environmental issues for a long time. He has been involved in running a number of small businesses and has skills in IT and graphic design. He worked in New York to help families after the World Trade Center disaster.
Peter McGregor (Development Director) is an academic with extensive research experience in pure and applied zoology. He has taken a longstanding interest in the wider issues of renewable energy and development, and became practically involved through grant applications for PV systems at Cornwall College Newquay and Wadebridge Community Primary School; both are installed and performing well.
Caroline New is a website and graphic designer who lives and works in Wadebridge. Caroline also carries out art based workshops in local primary schools and is particularly interested in working with local schools to get the WREN message across. Her background includes a degree in Environmental Science.
Amanda Pennington (School Coordinator) was voted onto Wadebridge Town Council in August 2011, and is a mum to three young children. She has volunteered in the Energy Shop for some time, and is interested in the positive benefits that renewable energy can bring to the local community. She hopes that one day all energy will be clean energy.
Kevin Smith is a physics graduate and qualified accountant. He worked for the international oil company Shell for many years, most recently specialising in process improvement and change management, before retiring to Wadebridge to spend time writing. Having installed solar panels and changed his lightbulbs, he is glad to have the opportunity to do something more about climate change through WREN.
Co-opted professional advisors (able to vote as full Board members)
Jake Burnyeat is a commercial advisor to WREN. He has been a renewable energy professional for 7 years. His experience includes the development of wind projects in he UK and mainland Europe; helping large international corporations to develop and implement their renewable energy strategy; and the start-up and management of renewable energy businesses. He is the founding director of Green Trust, a Cornwall based community wind power company that is working with WREN on large-scale wind. He is also a director of Communities for Renewables - an initiative being set up by Regen SW and Green Trust to provide support and investment for community energy projects across the South West.
John Catchpole is a solicitor [with Foot Anstey LLP] specialising in commercial property transactions. His renewable energy experience includes having acted for renewable energy developers and landowners in respect of various photovoltaic and wind energy projects across England and Wales
Project and support roles
Dominic Comonte graduated with a combined Law, Economics and Business degree in 1991 before taking up a trading position in both London and New York. Having moved to Cornwall to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle with his young family, he worked in the voluntary sector as a service development manager before joining WREN. He has always had an interest in renewable energy and having installed PV at his home is also working on a Hydro installation.
Leonie McGregor (WREN Administrator) read Law at the University of Nottingham, practiced as a solicitor in Reading, and has since then held a variety of administrative and related posts.
The Wadebridge Energy Futures Exhibition is now live! Read more...
Do you want to cut your energy bills? (Update) A number of people in Wadebridge and surrounds have had impartial help about switching suppliers this week and more advice sessions will be held over the next two weeks, including two additional ones in Bodmin.
Mon 24th Feb The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12 noon
Wed 26th Feb Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Wed 26th Feb Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6pm – 8pm
Sat 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mon 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4pm
Tue 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10am – 1pm
Wed 5th March Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Even if you are well on top of this issue, do you have family, friends or neighbours in the Wadebridge area who might benefit?
Do you want to cut your energy bills? People in Wadebridge and surrounds will have help to do just that at sessions to be delivered by WREN in February and March.
Monday 17th February St Mabyn Memorial Hall 9.30 am – 12 noon
Tuesday 18th February The Exchange Wadebridge 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 19th February Wadebridge Children's Centre, Goldsworthy Way 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 24th February The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12 noon
Wednesday 26th February Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10 am – 1 pm