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Professor Joe Clarke

Advisor

Joe is the Director of the Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) and BRE Centre of Excellence in Energy Utilisation at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His research is focused on the role that energy systems simulation can play in helping to reduce energy demand, accelerate the take-up of renewable energy technologies, mitigate environmental impacts and improve human well-being. A major element of his research involves the development and dissemination of software tools for energy systems simulation, and the application of these in design, research and policy contexts.

Joe is the Director of the Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) and BRE Centre of Excellence in Energy Utilisation at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His research is focused on the role that energy systems simulation can play in helping to reduce energy demand, accelerate the take-up of renewable energy technologies, mitigate environmental impacts and improve human well-being. A major element of his research involves the development and dissemination of software tools for energy systems simulation, and the application of these in design, research and policy contexts.

Paul McNamara OBE

Advisor-Shareholder

Paul is a consultant to arbnco advising on the sustainability-related interests of commercial real estate investors. Paul was Head of Research for Prudential plc’s real estate investment arm for over 20 years before becoming a consultant in 2012. With degrees in geography from the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Paul has chaired the Property Working Groups of UNEPFI[1] and IIGCC[2] where he promoted responsible property investment practices. He is an Honorary Fellow and past Chairman of both the IPF[3] and SPR[4] and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.

Paul is a consultant to arbnco advising on the sustainability-related interests of commercial real estate investors. Paul was Head of Research for Prudential plc’s real estate investment arm for over 20 years before becoming a consultant in 2012. With degrees in geography from the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Paul has chaired the Property Working Groups of UNEPFI[1] and IIGCC[2] where he promoted responsible property investment practices. He is an Honorary Fellow and past Chairman of both the IPF[3] and SPR[4] and a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.

Ian Merchant

Advisor-Shareholder

Ian was Chief Executive of SSE, one of the UK’s leading utility companies and Scotland’s largest industrial company for over ten years. He stepped down from that position in the summer of 2013. He is now Chairman of Infinis Energy plc, a renewable energy company preparing to list on the UK Stock Exchange, Senior Independent Director of the quoted oil services company, the John Wood group and is a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc who provide standby generation to global customers. He is also Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 climate delivery group, President of the UK’s Energy Institute and vice chair of the Maggie’s Cancer Charity. He is also involved with some small Scottish businesses in the energy industry.

  • Chief Executive Officer of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE plc) from 2002 until he left the position as of 30 June 2013.
  • Chairman of Oil Services Co – Wood Group.
  • Chairman of Guy Hands Energy Co – INFINIS
  • Chairman of Tidal Energy Co – Nova Innovation.

Ian was Chief Executive of SSE, one of the UK’s leading utility companies and Scotland’s largest industrial company for over ten years. He stepped down from that position in the summer of 2013. He is now Chairman of Infinis Energy plc, a renewable energy company preparing to list on the UK Stock Exchange, Senior Independent Director of the quoted oil services company, the John Wood group and is a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc who provide standby generation to global customers. He is also Chairman of Scotland’s 2020 climate delivery group, President of the UK’s Energy Institute and vice chair of the Maggie’s Cancer Charity. He is also involved with some small Scottish businesses in the energy industry.

  • Chief Executive Officer of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE plc) from 2002 until he left the position as of 30 June 2013.
  • Chairman of Oil Services Co – Wood Group.
  • Chairman of Guy Hands Energy Co – INFINIS
  • Chairman of Tidal Energy Co – Nova Innovation.

Nigel Ellis

Advisor

Nigel is a graduate mechanical and electrical engineer with 34 years in the energy industry with North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board (SSE). Nigel’s career included conventional engineering roles through senior project and commercial development positions, energy trading and ultimately new technology investment and corporate venturing as the Technology Development Manager of SSE Venture Capital Limited.

Through privatisation, M&A, business separation and innumerable market reforms and energy trading mechanisms, it is fair to say Nigel’s career can be characterised by the need to adapt to change in technical, economic and political factors.

More recently, the environmental, security and affordability issues faced by the energy sector (the Trilemma) has highlighted the need to encourage the development of more disruptive technologies and new business models to address the new to provide new sustainable energy solutions.

Nigel is a graduate mechanical and electrical engineer with 34 years in the energy industry with North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board (SSE). Nigel’s career included conventional engineering roles through senior project and commercial development positions, energy trading and ultimately new technology investment and corporate venturing as the Technology Development Manager of SSE Venture Capital Limited.

Through privatisation, M&A, business separation and innumerable market reforms and energy trading mechanisms, it is fair to say Nigel’s career can be characterised by the need to adapt to change in technical, economic and political factors.

More recently, the environmental, security and affordability issues faced by the energy sector (the Trilemma) has highlighted the need to encourage the development of more disruptive technologies and new business models to address the new to provide new sustainable energy solutions.

Alan Wegienka

Chief Technology Officer

Alan is the arbnco Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he oversees all the technical aspects of the company including Product Development. He has worked for more than thirty-five years in the computer aided modeling and simulation area in support, marketing, sales, and product development roles and has extensive experience in Asia/Pacific having lived and worked in the region for more than ten years. He is a founder of two companies that developed low cost, easy to use mechanical simulation software. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University.

Alan is the arbnco Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he oversees all the technical aspects of the company including Product Development. He has worked for more than thirty-five years in the computer aided modeling and simulation area in support, marketing, sales, and product development roles and has extensive experience in Asia/Pacific having lived and worked in the region for more than ten years. He is a founder of two companies that developed low cost, easy to use mechanical simulation software. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University.

Andrew Walker

Advisor-Chief Legal Counsel

Andrew is a Partner in the international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP and is very experienced in general transactional corporate work (including acquisitions, disposals, buyouts and equity investments) and commercial contracts of a wide variety. He also has significant experience in advising on intellectual property law matters (particularly in the context of deals or commercial contracts). Andrew has a specific interest in assisting high-growth businesses, often but not exclusively in the technology and food and drink sectors. He is an experienced business mentor and Non-Executive Director and has been a key adviser to Arbnco on all corporate matters for a number of years.

Andrew is a Partner in the international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP and is very experienced in general transactional corporate work (including acquisitions, disposals, buyouts and equity investments) and commercial contracts of a wide variety. He also has significant experience in advising on intellectual property law matters (particularly in the context of deals or commercial contracts). Andrew has a specific interest in assisting high-growth businesses, often but not exclusively in the technology and food and drink sectors. He is an experienced business mentor and Non-Executive Director and has been a key adviser to Arbnco on all corporate matters for a number of years.