Andy Colthorpe joined PV-Tech in the summer of 2013, having worked as a journalist for a news and events information company for five years prior to that. He now edits Solar Media’s storage-focused titled Energy-Storage.News. He graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford University in 2004 with a degree in Oriental Studies, specialising in Japanese culture, language and history.
Chris has been in the clean technology industry for over 16 years and fulfilled a variety of roles, from managing government programmes, developing technical standards, technical consultancy, and strategic leadership in both small and large contractors. Chris founded his first company, a solar contractor, in 2011; having recently divested this, he is now providing various consultancy services whilst establishing new start-ups in the clean energy sector.
Emma Bridge has served as chief executive at Community Energy since January 2015. Prior to joining CEE, Emma was general manager at Sheffield Renewables, a community renewable energy group that installs solar PV on community buildings. In parallel to this she worked on two EU projects looking at renewable energy and green urban systems. She has also worked for both local and regional government on sustainable development policy.
Finlay Colville joined Solar Media in June 2015 as head of the new Solar Market Research activities. Until October 2014, he was vice president and head of solar at NPD Solarbuzz. Widely recognised as a leading authority on the solar PV industry, he has presented at almost every solar conference and event worldwide, and has authored hundreds of technical blogs and articles in the past few years. He holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in nonlinear photonics.
Giles Clark is chief executive at prolific solar developer Primrose Solar. Giles has worked on solar projects across Europe since 2006, focusing on UK projects since 2010. He co-founded SunRay Renewable Energy, where he was CFO, developing European projects from 2006-2011. Clark also sits on the board of the Solar Trade Association.
Head of content at Solar Media, John Parnell joined the company in 2013. John spent three years in the UAE reporting on the Middle East technology, media and telecoms sectors for ITP Publishing and eventually editing his own B2B title with the company. He joined RTCC.org in London to cover international climate change and energy policy. He served two tours of duty at the annual UN climate change talks (Durban and Doha) and another at the UN’s Rio+20 sustainable development summit.
The National Farmers Union chief renewables adviser since 2007, Jonathan Scurlock leads a team providing analysis and advice on renewables and climate change to the NFU’s management, office holders and members. His background is in university and government research on energy and climate policy, plant physiology, biomass and other renewables. The author of more than 50 publications, he was educated at Oxford and London, and is a visiting fellow at the Open University.
Liam Stoker is the UK Editor at Solar Media responsible for UK-facing publications including Solar Power Portal, having joined the Solar Media team in March 2015. Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2009 with a degree in Sports Journalism Liam has worked in various B2B publishing roles in industries as diverse as sport, energy, defence and online gambling.
Merlin Hyman has been CEO at Regen since 2009. Merlin was previously director of the Environmental Industries Commission, where he worked in Whitehall and Westminster to ensure government support for British companies to succeed in the rapidly growing worldwide market for low-carbon products and services.
Paul Barwell joined the Solar Trade Association as CEO in March 2012 having spent the previous 18 months working as a renewable energy consultant, specialising in solar energy. He has also previously worked as an oil trader, built an energy customer franchise and developed and ran a proprietary trading business.
Previously of APSE Energy, Stephen Cirell is an independent consultant specialising in local authority renewable energy projects, particularly in the fields of solar, ESCOs and clean transport. He is author of ‘A Guide to Solar PV Projects in Local Government’.
Virginia Graham has since 2006 been chief executive of Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd., a subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association, running various energy certification schemes. These include: the REAL Assurance Scheme, an OFT-backed consumer protection scheme promoting high standards in small-scale generation; the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme for digestates produced from anaerobic digestion; and the Green Gas Certification Scheme for biomethane injected to the gas grid. She is Chair of Global Action Plan and Eaga Charitable Trust, a Trustee of National Energy Action and a panel member of the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme.