PEC Board of Directors
The PEC Board is made up of one Plymouth City Council representative and up to eight elected members. Up to two co-opted Directors can also be invited to the Board when specific skills and expertise are required. They attend regular monthly meetings on a voluntary basis.
The Board of Directors for 2016-2017 are:
Tim Sydenham (PEC Chairman)
Tim combines his exciting PEC chairmanship with his strategy role in the University of Plymouth and study for a PhD in local adaptive capacity. He has overseen PEC’s strategy refresh and three-year agreement with PEC’s key partner, Plymouth City Council, served as a director on the PECR board, is proud of PEC’s multiple awards and the expansion of its community membership base, and enjoys working with and supporting PEC’s CEO Alistair and brilliant team.
Before PEC, Tim developed the Welsh Government’s energy strategy and was founder-director of Wales’ flagship £100million+ 10,000-home community-scale retrofit programme and advisor on Wales’ £100million energy efficiency and fuel poverty programme.
Tim led Experian’s consulting business, was an Associate of Forum for the Future, and remains an Associate of Regen SW, having advised on the South West’s £6.3million Ready for Retrofit programme.
Tim has been Chairman since being elected to PEC’s board of directors in 2014.
Barbara has lived in Plymouth with her two sons for 13 years. She is a qualified teacher, with experience in educational settings for 30 years and has a keen interest in energy, the built environment and climate change.
Barbara is currently studying for an MA in Architectural Conservation (part time) and has a BA in Architectural Technology and the Environment and Business Office Information Systems from Plymouth University.
She is an active volunteer and community activist with Plymouth Energy Community, but also with Transition Plymouth; Stonehouse Timebank; Stonehouse Action; Take A Part; Food Bank; Friends of Ham Woods and Little Patch of Ground Efford.
In 2014, Barbara was awarded 2014 UK Community Energy ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award. Barbara was a founder Director of PEC and has served on the Board since 2013. She is also a Director of PEC Renewables.
Councillor Michael Leaves
Councillor Michael Leaves was born in, and has lived all his life in Plymouth, and has been self-employed within the care sector for the past 27 years. He is currently the Cabinet Member for Strategic Street Services and Environment for Plymouth City Council, and has been a Conservative Councillor for Plymstock Radford for 16 years.
Michael brings with him experience of this sector, having been a Cabinet Member in the previous Conservative administration between 2007 and 2012, with responsibility for tackling climate change.
Michael has been Plymouth City Council’s representative on the PEC Board since 2016.
Chris has lived in Plymouth for 25 years and works for Plymouth Community Homes as an Assistant Housing Officer. He helped to deliver PCH’s extensive solar installation project for over 2,500 homes by being the main point of contact for residents. He has consequently developed a strong working knowledge of renewable energy, and empowered tenants to reduce their bills.
Chris previously acted as a volunteer for PEC and focuses on working with colleagues, other stakeholders and users citywide to raise awareness and develop relationships with the local community to further empower Plymothians to help mould and shape our energy future. Chris was nominated at the 2015 Volunteer awards for volunteer of the year and Cities of Service awards.
Chris was elected to the Board at the 2015 AGM.
Dave is the Managing Director of Actuate Marketing, a successful and growing communications agency based in Plymouth. Actuate specializes in marketing strategy, research and digital media, all skills they brought to the table when helping PEC during their initial set-up through to continuing to support PEC currently. Through this process, Dave has gained a thorough understanding of what members want from the organisation, the challenges PEC faced and how they could be addressed.
He has lived in Plymouth for over 20 years and has over 30 years of experience in commercial and marketing roles at senior and director levels.
Dave is passionate about and committed to supporting the values and ethos of PEC and the transformation it can bring to the city and its residents. “PEC has started to make a real mark in the community and sustainable energy market with their award-winning approach: the future looks bright for the people of Plymouth.”
Dave was elected at the 2014 AGM.’
Tracey is from Plymouth and has lived in the City all of her life. She is a Senior Finance Manager at Plymouth Community Homes; a housing association which manages the largest housing stock in Plymouth and established an extensive retrofit programme.
As a result of 15 years’ experience in finance for the public and private sectors, plus 10 years banking experience, she has strong financial knowledge and skills and is CIMA certified.
Tracey supports both PEC and PEC Renewables in providing Director level oversight in the financial operations of the business. Tracey is enthusiastic in supporting such a positive and forward thinking initiative for Plymouth and its residents.
Tracey has been a Director of PEC since 2014.
Councillor Chris Penberthy (Labour and Co-operative, St Peter and the Waterfront) was a member of Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet from 2012-2016.
His portfolio has included housing, social enterprise development and support, community safety, neighbourhood working, child poverty, welfare policy and financial inclusion. Chris has spent most of his working life in charities including as Chief Executive of Volunteer Development England. He was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the voluntary and community sector.
Chris has held a variety of trusteeships and directorships in charities and social enterprises.
He has previously been appointed by Plymouth City Council to the Boards of the Millfields Community Economic Development Trust CIC, and Plymouth Municipal Charities. Chris is a Governor of Plymouth College of Art and is also Vice Chair of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network and Chair of its Values and Principles Board.
Ian was elected to the PEC Board in 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience of working to deliver low carbon energy systems. He was Energy Saving Trust’s Head of Delivery (England) and Devon County Council’s Sustainable Prosperity Manager and now works independently to develop new ways of delivering low carbon buildings.
All together he has brought over £20m of innovation funding into the local energy sector.
Amongst other work Ian has led the ‘Ready for Retrofit’ initiative, which supported 400 SW businesses, created 274 jobs and installed 1,300 energy measures. He also led the Zero Energy Building Catalyst, to demonstrate the possibility to achieve net zero energy retrofit without subsidy.
He worked as head consultant for North Devon Council’s Health, Housing and Energy Strategy and as south of England contract manager for the Government’s Energy Saving Advice Service.
Ian has joined the Board to support PEC in the delivery of a low carbon future and in sustaining financial security.
PEC Directors’ report and audited financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2014
PEC Directors’ report and audited financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2015
PEC Directors’ report and audited financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2016
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