Our team of directors are:
Martin Dunschen: Martin is German and obtained a degree in Engineering (Diplom Ingenieur, equivalent to a Masters degree) from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1988. He worked in Berlin at the University, then in R&D for the automotive industry before moving to the UK in 1996. During a successful period of working self employed he developed in a partnership innovative algorithms now widely used in the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) industry. Martin now works as a Software Engineer for a large multinational CAD/CAM company. As a former resident of the Granby regeneration area in Liverpool he campaigned for community led development for the proposed regeneration projects. He worked with his neighbours, who set up a Community Land Trust and finally took ownership of a number of houses in 2014. Martin still maintains strong links to this area in Toxteth and volunteers as a tutor for a homework club. Martin sees Climate Change as one of the biggest threats to our future and wants to make a positive contribution to an alternative in promoting sustainable use of renewable energy that is accessible and benefits all levels of society.
John Garrett: – John worked in commercial software development for 36 years, latterly as a project manager.
He retired early, retrained as an energy assessor and has spent the last three years on a major eco retrofit of a disused solid wall medical centre, providing both offices and residential accommodation, which he currently manages. From a young age, he was influenced by the work of the New Alchemists and other early proponents of distributed renewable energy, and writes for both community and Green Technology websites and magazines.
Ed Gommon: Ed qualified as a nurse in 2004 and worked in London, University College London Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham before returning to Liverpool to study Philosophy and Politics at the University of Liverpool in 2008. While studying he founded the Northern Alliance Housing Co-operative and although no longer a member NAHC is close to realising its mission of acquiring and retrofitting houses in Liverpool 8. Ed is committed to positive social change and environmental issues.
David Hunt: David is Managing Partner of a specialist Search and Selection business operating exclusively in the renewables and cleantech sector. He is also Chair of the Onsite Renewables Sector Group of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and sits on their policy board. David has a passion for renewable energy and decarbonising the UK (and global) energy demand.
Between 2007 and 2013 David established himself as an expert in renewable technology and sustainable business. Starting and growing a renewable energy installation business from scratch to £6.4m turnover, winning many awards along the way. He was also Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Association trade body (REA) and a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable And Sustainable Energy Group). David also sat on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City Region LEP, and sat on the Energy and Environment steering groups for the Liverpool & Knowsley Chambers of Commerce.
David has spoken about business and the economy on ITN News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live, and in the Financial Times. He has also spoken specifically about renewable energy on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Cumbria, City Talk radio, and had various articles, papers and opinion pieces published in places as diverse as, The Independent, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, FTadvisor, regional press and various national and international trade publications. David is also often asked to speak at renewable energy industry events.
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Steve Pimlott: Steve has over 12 years experience as a strategic planner and energy consultant. He joined the world renowned firm Arup in 2008 and works for its Energy Consulting business. He has successfully managed a wide range of energy projects from strategy through to technical support. Drawing on technical and commercial knowledge and skills, he specialises in energy policy, strategy, master planning, feasibility, procurement and due diligence projects.
Steve has a strong track record of delivering energy projects across the UK; particularly the Liverpool City Region, having delivered a significant number of feasibility, research and policy projects over the last five years. This includes the development of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP); the City Region’s first strategy for delivering renewable and low carbon energy and document that is providing the platform for the mayor of Liverpool’s future energy strategy. He is also an innovator, currently managing innovative research projects with partners such as University of Liverpool that are investigating the potential to combined Solar PV with Combined, Heat and Power to provide more energy efficient systems. His experience also includes working for the finance sector including the European Investment Bank and preparing evidence on behalf of private sector clients to attract and secure investment in energy infrastructure and assets.