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.
Marna McMillin – Chair
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. Marna is also the CEO at Energy4All Limited.
Experienced renewable energy project and asset manager in the field of hydro, wind and solar PV. John is a South Lakes resident who has been building hydro-electric schemes in and around Cumbria. John also is involved with community funding and has worked with individuals and groups to reduce carbon and embrace renewable energy.
Mechatronics engineer with 20+ years of experience of developing and improving special-purpose machinery with an interest in renewable energy and energy conservation.
Joachim lives in Northeast Scotland and has invested in a range of renewable energy cooperatives. He now also works as a certified Passivhaus Consultant on deep energy retrofits of domestic homes.
John trained as an electrical engineer at Loughborough University and then with Yorkshire Electricity PLC. After a year in Brisbane, Australia working with a business energy management consultancy, he returned to Loughborough University to study a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems at CREST (CREST | Loughborough University (lboro.ac.uk). As part of his course, he carried out a research project on wind farm electrical systems for East Midlands Generation.
In 2007, John joined Energy4All with the desire to commit to the community energy sector. He became Development Director in 2008. With Energy4All he has supported the development of onshore wind and ground-mount and multi-roof solar projects. As well as Four Winds, he is on the board of 5 community energy co-operatives.
Outside of the community energy sector, John is a Trustee of Wiltshire Young Musicians and was a Trustee and remains a member of Bath Co-operative Alliance.
At 16, Paul became a technician apprentice (electrical) at GEC Traction Ltd Preston where he worked whilst studying at Preston Polytechnic where he obtained a HNC Electrical Electronic Engineering qualification in 1980. In 1995, he went on to gain a Bsc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering qualification at the University of Central Lancashire in 1995.
Paul now works as a Principal Mechanical Engineer at BAE Systems Ltd in Barrow-If-Furness, Cumbria and lives in Killington, Sedbergh on a small holding and owns sheep and chickens. He has a keen interest in renewable energy technologies and sustainable living, and his ambition for the future is to create one or two sustainable family-run businesses.
Judith attended the University of Central Lancashire where she gained a BSc in combined sciences, specialising in environmental physiology and geography. She is an experienced Computer Analyst and Coordinator who has worked in various sectors including electricity, utilities, insurance and banking. Further studies at the Centre of Alternative Technology, Machynlleth and the University of East London enabled her to also achieve an MSc in Architecture (Advance Environmental and Energy Studies).
Judith is currently a Flower Farmer living in Killington, Sedbergh on a small holding of a few acres with sheep and chickens and would like to expand the flower farm and add further sustainable businesses where she lives.