Meet The Team

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

Simon Roberts OBE - Chair                   

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 from 2000-2002 (then known as The Wind Fund). In 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to the renewables industry.

Matthew Clayton - Managing Director

Matthew has worked in the Thrive Renewables team (formerly Triodos Renewables) since 2006 and undertakes the overall full-time management of Thrive Renewables Plc. In this time Matthew has contributed to 15-fold growth in the company. 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.

Katrina Cross - Finance Director         

Katrina has been working for Thrive Renewables for ten years, first as Head of Finance and Operations and then as Finance Director and Company Secretary. Katrina is a qualified accountant and previously spent seven years with Watts Gregory as Head of Audit and another seven years as Finance Director of an environmental company that remediated contaminated land. 

Colin Morgan - Non-executive Director

Colin is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in the renewable energy industry since 1987. He also works as a partner in Everoze, which he co-founded and which is one of the clean energy industry’s leading technical and commercial consultancy firms. During his career, Colin has worked in wide-ranging management and technical roles spanning offshore wind energy, onshore wind energy, solar energy and battery storage.

Charles Middleton - Senior Independent Director

Charles has spent much of his career in banking including 14 years as Managing Director of Triodos Bank in the UK. He is currently on the boards of Palladium Impact Capital and Bamboo Capital Partners, part of the Palladium Group, an international development organisation. He is also on the investment committee of a Social Impact Fund investing in the West Midlands and is the Chair of ChildHope.

Katie Gordon - Non-executive Director

Katie is an expert in socially responsible investment (SRI) and corporate marketing. She was Head of SRI at Cazenove Capital Management, where she initiated, led and developed the SRI offering, and later Director of Responsible Investment and Stewardship at CCLA. Katie has acted as a trustee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and board director of UK Sustainable Investment Forum (UKSIF) and is currently an independent member of the Access Endowment Investment Committee and on the Advisory Board of LEAP - Livestock, Environment and People at Oxford University.

Peter Weston - Non-executive Director

Peter is Managing Director of Energy 4 Impact, a non-profit organisation which supports small businesses in sustainable and off-grid energy in Sub Saharan Africa. Peter is an expert in renewable energy, with 25 years' experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser in the sector. He is a former board member of Renewable World and visiting lecturer at ESCP Business School, and has previously held senior management positions at GE Capital and Siemens Wind. 

Tania Songini - Non-executive Director

Tania joined the Board as Chair of the Audit Committee in 2015. She has built a portfolio of non-executive Director roles at companies including the UK Infrastructure Bank, the Private Infrastructure Development Group (a development finance fund for infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia), Guernsey Electricity and Energy Systems Catapult. Tania worked for leading global engineering and technology services company Siemens until 2015, where she held a number of finance director roles, including in Siemens’ energy business. Tania is the Chair of ViaNinos UK, a charity supporting street children in Ecuador.

Monika Paplaczyk – Investment Director

Monika joined the team in 2007 whilst the company was managed by Triodos Bank. In her role as Investment Director, Monika leads the investment team in the originating, development, acquisition and construction of sustainable energy assets, as well as managing the commercial aspects of the portfolio. Monika is part of the advisory group for Innovate UK’s 'Prospering from The Energy Revolution' challenge, which is investing up to £102.5 million in industry and research to accelerate innovation in smart local energy systems.

Adrian Warman – Head of Operations

Adrian joined Thrive Renewables in 2012 in response to the company’s growing portfolio of sustainable energy projects. The Head of Operations’ role is to ensure contracts are in place and fulfilled to allow assets to run safely and most productively over the long term, in line with legislation and industry standards. Previously, Adrian spent seven years at a senior level with a leading carbon reduction company focused on identifying and implementing appropriate energy-saving measures in the built environment.

Louise Daniels - Head of Communications  & Marketing 

Louise joined Thrive in September 2018. She has been working in marketing communications for more than 25 years, initially in PR consultancy and latterly in house for ethical business and social enterprises. Renewable energy is one of her passions and she has considerable experience in the sector. At Thrive, Louise is responsible for managing communication with all external stakeholders including shareholders, partners, the industry and local communities. In her spare time, she is a Board member for Bath & West Community Energy.

Karen Pugh - Financial Accountant

Karen joined Thrive Renewables in 2014 and was promoted to Financial Accountant in 2018. 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 as an Assistant Accountant. Karen is ACCA qualified and is a full member of the body.

Jack Searle - Finance and Administration Apprentice

Jack joined Thrive in 2019 as Finance and Administration Apprentice and is working towards his AAT level 4 qualification. Prior to joining Thrive, Jack studied at City of Bristol collage to obtain his AAT level 2 and 3 certificate. His role includes processing invoices, supporting the Financial Accountant with day to day accounting activities and supporting members of the wider team with administrative tasks.

Tom Barratt - Investment Manager

Tom is a mechanical engineer with an MBA and over 25 years’ experience in the power sector. He managed hydro projects before joining a consultancy providing engineering and project management services to developers and investors in the renewables industry. In this capacity he was the project manager for Thrive Renewables’ windfarms at Avonmouth, Boardinghouse, Auchtygills and Clayfords. Tom joined Thrive in 2018 as Investment Manager, responsible for researching new investment opportunities and sectors, modelling and executing investments in line with Thrive’s investment criteria.

Sarah Chadwick - Investor and Governance Executive

Sarah joined Thrive Renewables in April 2021 as Investor and Governance Executive. Prior to this, Sarah spent the last 18 years working in the finance sector most recently in Investment Management where she was involved in client liaison and compliance. At Thrive, Sarah will be the main point of contact for investors and will be working with the Executive team on governance.

Otis Harrison - Investment Manager

Otis is a CFA Charterholder with over 8 years’ experience in banking, environmental corporate finance, green investments, renewables project development and financial modelling. He is responsible for originating and executing investment opportunities, financial modelling and analysing other commercial aspects of Thrive’s portfolio.

Lydia Westmore - Investment manager

Lydia joined Thrive in June 2021, having worked with the company previously as part of the Corporate Finance team at Triodos Bank. Lydia is a Chartered Accountant with experience in financial modelling, corporate finance and investment appraisals. She is responsible for researching new investment opportunities and sectors, modelling and executing investments in line with Thrive’s Investment Criteria. Lydia also manages the Thrive Renewables Group portfolio financial model.

Our industry partners

Bridge Wind Management

Bridge Wind Management 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 Bridge Wind web site

WPO

WPO 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 WPO web site