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 (Communications Director) 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.
Rachel Wigglesworth (Public Health Director) is currently employed as an NHS Specialty Registrar in Public Health), working across the South-West, including the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health. She is an Oxford graduate and has a Masters in public health from Cardiff. She held posts researching health policy at LSE and developing services in the community and voluntary sectors, before joining the NHS as a public health specialist and becoming a Public Health Registrar. . She lives in Wadebridge, enjoys walking and gardening, and spending time by the sea with family and friends.
Co-opted professional advisors (able to vote as full Board members)
Jake Burnyeat (Commercial Director)
Jake has been involved in WREN since its outset and is Managing Director of Communities for Renewables CIC, which works with local energy co-operatives across the UK. Jake has been a renewable energy professional since 2004, covering renewable energy project development, business start-up and management, due diligence for project acquisitions, negotiating commercial arrangements, procurement and providing strategic advice to community energy co-operatives, 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 investment strategy which is now being implemented with ongoing involvement of Green Peninsula. Prior to that he worked the Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Group in Exeter. He has a MSc in Renewable Energy Policy and Economics from Imperial College London and a 1st class MA in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. He is a Yacht Master with over 20,000 ocean miles.
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 (Operations Manager) 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.
Vote for locally owned energy
The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) has applied for two grants from Energyfund Cornwall to make a significant step forward for locally-owned community energy. However, to have a chance of winning them it needs to demonstrate support through on-line voting by its supporters for both projects.
The 5 Wren note made its debut at Wadebridge Museum on 30th July.
The Wren is Wadebridge’s local currency, the only one in Cornwall.Read more...
A £10,000 fund is available for community projects to benefit people living in Wadebridge, St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle.
The money comes from the Middle Treworder Solar Farm under a “Section 106” agreement made when it was given permission to go ahead, and is available as grants to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations and community groups in the area around the solar farm.Read more...