PEC Renewables Governance
PEC Renewables is a Community Benefit Society, set up in 2014 by Plymouth Energy Community to fund, install and manage community-owned renewable installations. It is owned by its Members on a one Member, one vote basis. The rights of the Members are set out in the Rules. As a Community Benefit Society, PEC Renewables is regulated by the FCA.
PEC Renewables Directors’ interim report for the year ended 30th June 2014
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2015 presented to Members at AGM 2015 2015
PEC Renewables Audited Accounts for the Year Ended 30th June 2015
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2016
Click on the links below to see minutes, election results and outcomes from Annual General Meetings:
Ernesettle Community Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PEC Renewables, established in 2015 to build and manage a 4.1MW ground-mounted community solar array in Ernesettle, Plymouth. Find out more about the Ernesettle community solar array here.
The administration of PEC Renewables and Ernesettle Community Solar (ESCS) are professionally managed by PEC through a long-term administrative services agreement and suitable contractors. Plymouth City Council provides staffing services to PEC under a service level agreement. Find out more about the PEC Team here.
PEC Renewables & Ernesettle Community Solar Board of Directors
The PEC Renewables board is made up of up to three elected members and up to three PEC representatives (elected members must be the same or more than the number of PEC representatives). 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 ECS board is made up of three PEC Renewables Directors.
The Board of Directors for 2015-2016 are:
Dave Garland (PEC Renewables Chairman)
Dave is a Physicist who worked for over three decades in secondary education. He was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Teachers (lifetime) award in 2009. He was Deputy Headteacher at saltash.net community school from 2002 to 2011, where he also took on the role of School Business Manager. Dave was one of the key players in the school’s conversion to Academy status during 2010/11 and was involved with arranging and running the school financial systems and working closely with its governors, solicitors and accountants.
Dave is the Finance Director at Saltash Multi Academy Regional Trust and a member of the Local Governing Body of saltash.net community school. He has had experience of acting as a Chair of Governors in a local primary school. He sits on the Plymouth Independent School Appeals Panel and is a marker for one of the main examination boards.He is particularly interested in solar energy technologies and the educational benefits to the host schools.
Dave was one of the founder members of PEC and has since gone on to focus on PEC Renewables. He has been Chairman of PEC Renewables since 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 PEC Board since 2013. She has acted as PEC’s representative on the PEC Renewables’ board from 2014-2015 and again since 2016.
David Madge (PEC Renewables & ECS)
David retired from HSBC Bank plc in 2014 after a career of over 40 years in banking. He has worked in locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and in his final role was a Relationship Manager based in the Commercial Centre in Plymouth. His responsibilities included the management of a portfolio of businesses with an annual sales turnover of up to £30 million. David is a Trustee and Governor of Ivybridge Academy Trust and currently chairs the Finance Committee.
David was co-opted to the PEC Renewables Board in 2015 and also became a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar the same year.
Chris Penberthy (PEC Renewables & ECS)
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 currently holds the Chair Plymouth Fairtrade Network, Millfields Inspired and the South West Council of the Cooperative Party. 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.
Chris has been an elected member Director of PEC Renewables since 2014 and became a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar Ltd in 2015.
Lee Richards (PEC Renewables & ECS)
Lee is a Senior Research Manager at the University of Plymouth. He has previously worked as Regen SW’s onshore renewables lead and managed work within the large-scale onshore renewables, microgeneration and built environment sectors.
He has over 9 years’ experience in the renewables industry and has developed the capabilities of businesses and communities to deploy more renewable and energy efficiency technologies. He has extensive knowledge of sustainable energy and low carbon policy, legislation, supply chain and technical development and deployment. Lee helped to develop and manage the £6.3M Ready for Retrofit programme, one of the UK’s largest European Regional Development Fund business support programmes, installing over 1700 domestic energy efficiency technologies.
Lee is from Plymouth and as keen advocate of developing the low carbon economy he wants the city to lead in community led renewable energy initiatives.
He was co-opted to the PEC Renewables Board in 2015 and is also a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar Ltd.’
Ian Johnston (Plymouth Community Homes)
Ian is from Torpoint and has been working in Plymouth for over 8 years. He is a Lead Management Accountant for Manufacturing Services Ltd & Energy Subsidiaries at Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and acts as representative for Plymouth Community Homes and as an elected member Director on the PEC Renewables Board.
Ian has a strong background in financial and business management skills and is currently completing his Chartered Institute of Management (CIMA) qualification. His strengths include project management work and ensuring financial compliance and oversight in all areas.
Ian is passionate about supporting community energy projects and being able to help those in Plymouth who require additional support. Through his work at PCH he has supported numerous social enterprises and is passionate about giving back to those in need across the city.