Meet The Team

Scroll down to read about our dedicated Management Team, independent Board of Directors and a range of industry experts with whom we've built strong working relationships. These are the people working hard to deliver Thrive Renewables' mission.

Board of Directors

Simon Roberts OBE - Chair

(appointed as Chairman of the Board in June 2012)

Simon has spent more than 30 years helping people, organisations and policy-makers change the way they think and act on energy. For the last 15 years, he has been Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), one of the UK's leading energy charities. Prior to this, he held senior roles at Friends of the Earth and Triodos Bank. He was Managing Director of Thrive Renewables (when it was The Wind Fund) from 2000-2002.

An experienced policy analyst and strategist, Simon is a specialist advisor to government, industry and academic bodies, including Ofgem on low carbon network regulatory policy, and the government on the UK’s plans to cut carbon emissions. He was a member of the government's Renewables Advisory Board from 2002 to 2010. Simon is a non-executive Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to the renewables industry.

Charles Middleton - Non-executive Director

(appointed to the Board in July 2016)

Charles has spent most of his career in banking, initially at Barclays where he worked in the UK and overseas in India, Botswana and the Caribbean. More recently he was Managing Director of Triodos Bank in the UK for 14 years developing his interest in supporting environmental and social projects. During this time he was actively involved in the development of Triodos Renewables up until the moment it became Thrive Renewables. Charles qualified as a Psychotherapist in 2014 and since leaving Triodos in June 2016 he has developed his practice in counselling and coaching as well as pursuing his interest in the area of sustainable finance and investing. He is the Chair of ChildHope an organisation that works with street children across the world and is a Trustee of Freedom From Torture who support victims of torture and work to eradicate all forms of torture wherever it occurs.

Peter Weston - Non-executive Director

(appointed to the Board in March 2011)

Peter is Director of Investment Advisory at Energy 4 Impact, a non-profit organisation which advises small businesses in off-grid sustainable energy in Sub Saharan Africa. Peter is an expert in renewable energy, bringing to the Thrive board 20 years' experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser in the renewable energy sector. He is a board member of Renewable World, which manages micro-scale renewable projects in developing countries, and a visiting lecturer on energy finance at ESCP Business School. He was previously global head of finance and investment for two power equipment suppliers – Siemens Wind Power and MAN – and led GE Capital’s European energy lending team. Prior to this he held management roles at the bank WestLB and the trading firm Aquila Energy. Peter has a BA in Economics and Politics from Warwick University.

Colin Morgan - Non-executive Director

(appointed to the Board in May 2013)

Colin is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in the renewable energy industry since 1987 primarily on the development, construction and operation of projects. He also works as a consulting engineer in Everoze, a technical and commercial clean energy consultancy of approximately 30 staff which he co-founded. Previously, he grew and ultimately led one of the global regions for DNV GL – at the time the world’s leading renewable energy consultancy – including having overall profit and loss responsibility for a team of 400 staff. He is a graduate of Imperial College London, a qualification supplemented throughout his career by ongoing technical training as well as training in contract management, leadership and governance. Colin’s technical specialisms include: wind turbine design and analysis, research into wind farm wake effects, wind and energy resource assessment, and technical due diligence of projects for vendors, lenders and investors.

 Matthew Clayton - Managing Director

(appointed to the Board in December 2010)

Matthew has worked in the Thrive Renewables team (formerly Triodos Renewables) since 2006 and undertakes the overall management of Thrive Renewables Plc (now as full time employee and previously under the management agreement with Triodos Bank). In this time Matthew has contributed to 15-fold growth in the Company. At Triodos Bank Matthew’s responsibilities included leading the Energy and Climate equity investment team and membership of the Energy and Climate Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Triodos Bank, Matthew was part of a small team which established Camco International, one of the world's leading carbon trading companies, focusing on supporting sustainable energy projects via the Kyoto framework. Before this, Matthew worked in Risk Management for TXU's Energy Trading team.

 

Katie Gordon - Non-executive Director

(appointed to the Board in June 2013)

Katie is Director of Responsible Investment and Stewardship at CCLA, the largest UK fund manager for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) (Extel 2015), where she is leading the public health engagement programmes.   Prior to joining CCLA, Katie was head of SRI at Cazenove Capital Management for 12 years, where she initiated, led and developed the SRI offering across the entire investment process. Previous board positions include as a trustee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and as a board Director of UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF). Katie was a founder Director of Swordfish, a brand strategy consultancy, and is currently the independent member of the Investment Committee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and a trustee of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust UK board.

 

Tania Songini - Non-executive Director

(appointed to the Board in October 2015)

Tania joined the Board as Chair of the Audit Committee on 22 October 2015. She has recently embarked on a portfolio career of non-executive Director roles and business consulting work. Tania is also Treasurer and Trustee on the board of Bond, the British network of NGOs working in international development. Previously, Tania was Director of Finance and Operations for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) UK, a charity supporting people uprooted by conflict or natural disaster. Prior to IRC, Tania worked for leading global engineering and technology services company Siemens, joining in 1997 as a commercial bid and project manager. Tania progressed to hold a number of Finance Director and Non-Executive Board Director roles at Siemens, including for Siemens Energy in the UK where she was also Controller for Siemens Energy North West Europe region. Tania is the Chair of ViaNinos UK, a charity she established in the UK in 2009 that supports projects helping street and working children in Ecuador.

Katrina Cross - Finance Director

(appointed to the Board in November 2016)

Katrina joined Triodos Bank in 2012 as Head of Finance and Operations for Investment Management UK which provided the financial and administrative support functions to Triodos Renewables and investment funds managed by the bank in the UK. In 2015 Katrina left Triodos to set up her own business but continues to provide Finance Director Services to Thrive Renewables and was appointed as Director in November 2016. Katrina is a qualified accountant, trained with a general practice and Coopers & Lybrand tax division and spent seven years with Watts Gregory as head of audit with a wide range of clients including charities, SMEs and large private companies. Prior to joining Thrive Renewables, Katrina spent seven years as a Finance Director of an environmental company that remediated contaminated land. Working for Thrive Renewables enables Katrina to work towards providing robust financial returns to investors whilst delivering strong social and environmental benefit.

Management Team

Matthew Clayton - Managing Director

Katrina Cross - Finance Director

See profiles above in the Board section. 

Monika Paplaczyk – Investment Manager

Monika is employed by Thrive Renewables Plc and has been part of the Thrive Renewables team since 2007 (previously under the management agreement with Triodos Bank). In her role as Senior Investment Manager, Monika leads the originating, development, acquisition and construction of sustainable energy assets for Thrive Renewables. Monika also manages the commercial aspects of the portfolio, such as sourcing and negotiating power purchase arrangements. Before joining Triodos Bank Monika worked in Edinburgh for a consulting company where she was involved in preparing business plans and grant applications for community development, biomass and grain storage projects.

Adrian Warman – Operations Manager

Adrian joined Thrive Renewables (formerly Triodos Renewables) in 2012 as Operations Manager in response to the growing portfolio of generating sites around the country. The role of Operations Manager is to ensure contracts are in place and fulfilled to maintain our operating assets in line with legislation and industry standards, allowing them to run most efficiently and productively over time. Adrian has a degree in Geography, Certificate in Management Studies and applied experience of contractor management, health and safety, systems development, resource management and logistics. Prior to joining Thrive Renewables Adrian spent seven years at a senior level in the energy efficiency sector with a leading carbon reduction company focused on identifying and implementing appropriate energy-saving measures in the built environment.

Rachel Glendinning - Communications Manager

Rachel joined us in 2016 following independence of Triodos Bank and now completes the management team. She has a BA Hons in Public Relations and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). With over 14 years’ experience in delivering communications, public engagement and integrated marketing campaigns, Rachel has worked across a number of industries for companies including HP, Airbus, Environment Agency, NHS and Aviva. Rachel’s role focuses on building relationships with our shareholders, reaching new investors and establishing Thrive’s presence as a leading renewables company in the UK.

 

Staff Team

Sarah Barnett - Investor Support

Sarah has worked with Thrive Renewables since 2010. Prior to this she worked for two Bristol based Independent Financial Advisor firms in administration and paraplanning roles. Sarah’s role is to work with the Company Registrar and the Matched Bargain Market service providers to ensure investor administration runs smoothly, and to be the first point of contact for investors and enquiries to Thrive Renewables. Sarah also assists with organising and delivering the Company AGMs and open days, and supports the team with a variety of projects. Sarah has a BA Joint Hons in English Literature and Media Studies from the University of Birmingham.

Karen Pugh - Assistant Accountant

Karen joined Thrive Renewables as the Assistant Accountant in 2014. Karen’s main role is to prepare the management accounts for the operational sites in our portfolio along with the day to day accounting activities of these sites.  Prior to this she worked for an American Library Management Software Company for their UK office as an Assistant Accountant, her role included preparation of the monthly management accounts for the overseas subsidiaries of the UK office. Karen is AAT qualified and was awarded the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business in 2014.

Rhys Jones - Commercial Accountant

Rhys joined Thrive Renewables as a Commercial Accountant in 2017. Rhys is a Chartered Certified Accountant and graduated in Economics from Swansea University. His main responsibility is financial modelling for the existing investment portfolio and for new investment opportunities. Rhys trained whilst working for a Cardiff based practice as a Management Accountant. In this role, he provided consultancy services across a wide range of industries, such as technology and financial services, with a focus on helping SME’s achieve their growth potential. Before joining Thrive Renewables, Rhys worked as a Finance Manager within the Sports Travel industry. During this time, he was responsible for overseeing the finance function and ensuring the organisation had relevant and accurate information for its commercial decision making.

 

Partner Organisations

EcoGen Services Ltd

EcoGen is a dynamic organisation with considerable experience across the renewables sector and well aligned to the values and objectives of Thrive Renewables. They have a range of internal expertise, demonstrated through their development business and employed by Thrive Renewables in their asset and site management services.

Visit the EcoGen web site

Wind Prospect Operations

Wind Prospect Group is an international organisation with experience of renewable energy development and management across the globe.  Over many years, Thrive Renewables is delighted to have built a strong working relationship with their UK team, bringing new projects into our portfolio and assisting with the management of an increasingly complex number of operational sites.

Visit the Wind Prospect web site