Board members

Richard Alexander (Treasurer)

Richard AlexanderRichard 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.

William Box (Smart Systems Director)

William has over 25 years experience working in the design and delivery of innovative systems in IT, telecommunications and the built environment. Having worked with major global companies and successful start-ups, his passion is the integration and evolution of leading-edge technologies and to deliver sustainable change for people and communities. William is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

Chris Coonick (School/Next Generation Director)

Chris moved to Wadebridge with her family to take up a position at the BRE National Solar Centre which is based at the Eden Project.  She has been working in the renewable energy industry since 2010 following completion of a Masters in Renewable Energy and the Built Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology.  With a background in Electrical Engineering, her experience includes developing a solar powered vaccine refrigerator for UNICEF, designing hybrid renewable energy systems for UN agencies, and more recently, completing low carbon technology research projects for DECC and delivering impartial solar consultancy for BRE.  As a STEM Ambassador for Cornwall and member of the Cornwall Clean Energy Industrial Advisory Group, Chris is passionate about giving the next generation an opportunity for a sustainable low carbon future and encouraging women into engineering roles.

Tony Faragher (Chair/Company Secretary)

Tony FaragherTony 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.

Peter McGregor (Development Director)

Peter McGregorPeter 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 (Events Director)

Caroline NewCaroline 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 (Social Media Director)

Amanda PenningtonAmanda 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)

Kevin SmithKevin 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 (Health & Wellbeing Director)

Rachel WigglesworthRachel 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)

John Catchpole

John CatchpoleJohn 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


Leonie McGregor (Operations Assistant)

Leonie McGregorLeonie 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.