The current board has been put in place for the purposes of setting up the Society, running the share issue and overseeing the installation of the Hydro Installation. Board elections from the new membership will be held at the first AGM following the share offer.
Melanie Southall – Chair
Melanie and her family have lived in the village of Killington for 25 years. She has a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Bioengineering, and has a career in Business, in particular HR, Finance and Business Services.
She has worked extensively in the UK, Mainland Europe and the USA, though for the last 11 years, she has been based in the UK, employed as a management consultant with PA Consulting, specialising in HR Management, Business Transformation, Change Management and Executive Development, working with private and public sector companies including BP, Bank of America, Prudential, AXA Insurance, The Cabinet Office, DWP and the Home Office.
She is a board director of KSET, which she joined to support the local community environmental objectives; K-SET has appointed Melanie to the Society board to provide business and financial support to the board in this grassroots hydro project.
Chris Preston has had a career in the world of engineering. Having achieved a B.Sc and M.Sc in Metallurgy at Manchester, he went into industry for 10 years with an engineering manufacturing company. He then moved into education, teaching engineering undergraduates at Lancaster University about materials. He has fished the River Lune for over 60 years, and has been an officer in several angling associations. He has been involved in a salmon hatchery project at Broadraine site for 12 years. He joined the Society board to ensure that the overall hydro scheme and turbine design provided for viable energy production, whilst accommodating improved fish migration.
He lives in the Lune Valley and is a member of his local Parish Council.
Tim and his wife, Liz, have lived in Beckfoot, close to the Lune for over sixteen years. As a young man he spent six years with the Royal Engineers learning and practicing many of the aspects of military engineering; mine warfare, demolition, bridging, engineering survey and soil mechanics. During this time, he spent time in Germany, Denmark, Canada and Aden.
On leaving the Army he followed a career in civil engineering, joining a firm of consultants, testing materials in road and airfield construction projects. Later on moving into contracting, working for Tarmac, Balfour Beatty and Amec. The highlight was working on the Channel Tunnel as a Materials Engineer, where his knowledge, experience and initiative were allowed to blossom.
Latterly, he worked in the power transmission industry, providing the civil engineering input to the larger contracts. Tim hopes that his experience will support the Society in the successful completion of the Broad Raine turbine.
Marna McMillin – CEO Energy4ALL
Marna worked in the public sector and with Price Waterhouse before joining KPMG to develop a substantial practice in Liverpool and become a Partner in the business. She has extensive experience of working with major corporates and particular expertise on transactions such as public offerings, demergers and acquisitions. She has subsequently served as a director of Chadwick Chartered Accountants in Liverpool and as Marketing Director of the Chester Credit Union.
Maureen was an Honours graduate in geography at London University and awarded an M.Ed degree at Manchester University, her interest has always been in the relationship between the physical world and man’s impact upon it. Her working life was spent teaching in Surrey, in Montreal Canada, in the West Riding and latterly as a lecturer at the Blackpool College of Further and Higher Education. A lifelong supporter of the Girl Guide Movement she organised expeditions to work in Thailand; to help in the Tibetan refugee camps in Nepal; and to work on a re-afforestation project in Nepal. For this work she was nominated for the Cumbria Woman of the Year award in 1992. Since her retirement she has raised nearly a million pounds to restore a Victorian woollen mill, the Farfield Arts and Heritage Centre, where two looms are still producing cloth and which has become a mecca for those interested in arts and crafts and textile heritage. She also became a founder member of K-SET.