Marion Gaudry

Junior Development Manager

Marion joined Velocita Energies Services SAS in April 2016 at the position of Junior Development Manager. Marion contributes to the project development activity of Velocita’s pipeline and brings her perspective as a specialist in public and environmental law.

Prior to joining Velocita Energies, Marion worked on industrial projects for Kerneos as well as various environmental and renewable energy matters for the French Ministry of Energy and Environment, EdF and legal firm Huglo-Lepage in Paris.

Marion holds Master’s degrees from the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne in Public law, Environmental law and sustainable development, and from University of Limoges in International and Comparative environmental law.

Alanna Flett

Deputy Group Legal Counsel

Alanna joined Velocita as an in-house legal counsel in October 2015 following completion of a 12 month secondment to Velocita from Scottish law firm, Burness Paull LLP.  Alanna advises the Velocita group on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including the execution and management of M&A and joint venture transactions, corporate structuring and company secretarial matters, together with the coordination of external legal advisers across Velocita’s French portfolio.

Alanna has also previously worked as a joint venture manager within SSE Renewables, focussing on the commercial and legal issues across SSE’s JV interests across its renewable portfolio, including shareholder and corporate governance matters and acquisitions/divestments.

Alanna has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law, and has also studied at Stockholm University in Sweden. She previously tutored Corporate Law on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow.

Ben Field

Ben has been an investment professional with Velocita since October 2015, focusing predominantly on financing for the UK portfolio.

Within the renewable space, Ben previously worked at Tamar Energy and Falck Renewables focusing on the development, construction and financing of Anaerobic Digestion, Wind and Solar technologies. Ben also has experience within Insolvency and Equity Fund Management.

Ben is a CFA Charterholder and a Mathematics graduate of Durham University.

Stephen Milloy

Senior Projects Manager

Stephen joined 2020 in November 2015 as Senior Projects Manager to undertake the delivery of projects from consent to Financial Close. He reports and supports the Implementation Director to deliver the company’s UK wind portfolio.

Prior to joining 2020 Renewables Stephen was at RES where he gained 5 years’ experience in the delivery of onshore wind projects taking projects from consent to financial close and managing the construction period both in capacities as Project Manager and Construction Site Manger.  His role involved the management of the design, procurement process, programme and budgets to achieve Financial Close as well as the direct management of the construction period as the Principal Contractor. Stephen also spent 5 years with Barr Construction where he undertook the role of Project Coordinator and Section Engineer on a number of civil engineering and structural projects.

Stephen has a BEng in Civil Engineering with Architecture from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Heriot Watt University.  

Stuart Cameron

Implementation Director 

Stuart joined the 2020 team in June 2015 and is responsible for delivering our project portfolio through the financial close, construction and operational phases. He integrates the work of the Development and Project Finance teams to ensure that projects are sufficiently developed to meet robust commercial and operational standards.

In a 30 year career in construction, Stuart has held management positions with contractors including Alfred McAlpine, Carillion, Henry Boot, Barhale and MWH Treatment. His experience includes a wide variety of civil engineering works in the fields of Energy, Water and Transport. Projects have been delivered on behalf of Clients under a number of different procurement forms, with a recent focus on integrating design and construction. 

From his introduction to Civil Engineering during a summer placement, Stuart went on to secure an Honours degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA (Construction Management). He continues to develop his own industry knowledge, whilst bringing a wealth of experience to the 2020 business. 

Ian Simms

Senior Development Manager

Ian joined 2020 in June 2015.  Working in the Development Team Ian supports the Development Director to develop the company’s UK wind portfolio.  This role includes site identification, land security, planning and EIA, community consultation, project development, consenting and compliance. 

After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2005 with a BSc in Marine Biology, Ian completed an MSc at the University of Stirling and has worked in the renewable energy sector for the past 10 years, being involved primarily in the consenting and delivery of development projects, specialising in EIA and planning.  Prior to joining 2020, Ian worked for a consultancy providing environmental and planning support to renewable energy developers at all stages of development. Ian was responsible for leading the environmental team in Scotland, delivering services across the onshore wind, offshore wind and solar sectors.  This role included developer secondments, which provided Ian with a clear understanding of the commercial factors which drive energy projects.

Ian has detailed knowledge of the renewables industry, particularly in respect of planning and EIA legislation and best practice, as well as a good understanding of environmental management and compliance.  Ian also has extensive experience of community consultation and engagement in relation to renewable energy projects.

Anmol Gauba

Analyst

Anmol has been an investment professional with Velocita since October 2016. Prior to this, Anmol worked at Macquarie Capital, in the EMEA Infrastructure, Power & Utilities investment banking coverage team based in London. Anmol holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from St. John’s College, Durham University.

Enrique Moreno

Associate

Enrique has been an investment professional with Velocita since November 2016, focusing predominantly on execution of deals and structuring on new investments.

Previously, Enrique worked for Abengoa, a Spanish infrastructure company focused on developing and building energy and water infrastructure assets worldwide, with a focus on emerging countries. During this time, Enrique worked primarily on sell side M&A activities, such as raising debt and equity through the sale of the company’s assets.

Enrique holds a Bachelor in Business and Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and Lancaster University. Enrique speaks English and Spanish.

Maria Villanueva

Accounts Assistant

Maria joined Velocita in December 2015 as Accounts Assistant focusing on accounting tasks, invoice management and cash management for Velocita projects.

Previously, Maria spent 8 months working as an accounts assistant at Vitacress managing major purchase ledger accounts including foreign payments, credit control and reconciliation of finance accounts.  She had previously worked with French company, Ferro on internship for a year as a business consultant. 

Maria holds a bachelor of Economics and business administration from University of Granada and studies in Management Control and Marketing in France from IGR (Ecole Universitaire de management de Rennes)

She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Martin Sherwin

Project Accountant

Marty joined Velocita in August 2016 as a Project Accountant, focusing particularly on the reporting of Velocita’s projects’ performance, as well as several one off projects.

Previously, Marty spent five years at KPMG New Zealand as an Audit Manager conducting audits of SME’s, charitable organisations and large multinationals within banking, finance, oil and gas and Health sectors.

Marty is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Accountancy and Finance, and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Guillaume Verna

Associate

Guillaume has been an investment professional with Velocita since July 2015, focusing predominantly on financing and M&A for the French portfolio and on investment opportunities in the wider European region.

Previously, Guillaume worked for Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank where he was part of the  Project Finance team based in London and focusing on power and utilities projects. During his time at Credit Agricole, Guillaume participated in project finance transactions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa involving conventional fossil power plants (Coal and CCGT), renewable energy projects and electricity distribution networks. Prior to this, Guillaume completed internships in Project Finance, M&A and Private Equity companies in France.

Guillaume holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Neoma Business School (ex ESC Rouen). Guillaume speaks French and English.

Gabriel Guichet

Project Manager

Gabriel joined Velocita France as project manager in February 2015 to drive Velocita on-shore wind projects from engineering phase to completion. Gabriel has previously worked with Senvion (Former Repower System), one of the top 5 worldwide wind turbine manufacturers, where he was overseeing the built of over 75 turbines (150 MW). Prior to that, he spent 1 year in the technical support as Engineered where he managed all the electrical and SCADA studies for the windfarms.

Gabriel completed a Master of Innovation degree in Engineering at ISTIA University of Angers (France) and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nantes (France).

Christine Sirven

Commercial assistant

Christine joined Velocita in May 2014 and supports the UK team. Previously Christine worked as PA to the Director of Laven Partners.

From 2003 to 2010 she worked for a French hydraulic company based in Toulouse where she was in charge of the administration and finances. She also possesses 7 years’ experience in real estate management and administration for both private and commercial use.

Christine has a degree in Art and Design from both the Beaux-Arts of Toulouse (France) and the Superieur Art School of Perpignan (France). She speaks French and English.

Abby Death

Senior Finance Manager

Abby joined Velocita in October 2013 as a Management Accountant, focusing particularly on the reporting of Velocita’s projects’ performance, including the accounting and fiscal aspects.

Previously, Abby spent three years at Staples Rodway as an Audit Senior conducting audits of SME’s, charitable and government funded organisations, and large multinationals within oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate and education sectors.

Abby is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA). She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) in Accountancy and Finance, and a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Consultancy from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

 

Jean Lemaire

Director France

Jean currently leads Velocita’s business and development in France as Managing Director for Velocita France. He has close to 15 years of international experience in the energy and renewable energy industries and has lived all phases of the energy project lifecycle. Over his career he has contributed to the development of close to 2,000 MW of on and offshore wind and renewable energy projects across Europe and North America and has also provided expert advisory services on some 5,000 MW of renewable energy projects.

Prior to his current role with Velocita Jean was the global head of Asset Management for Akuo Energy, a leading Paris-based Renewable IPP. He had responsibility for managing the team overseeing some 40 wind and solar power plants worldwide and led the transformation of the Akuo Energy group into an industrial renewable energy asset management company. Previously Jean also helped establish Akuo Energy’s North American subsidiary in Chicago and led as COO the creation and development of the US team and project portfolio. In the early 2000s Jean worked for the oil & gas major Total where he pioneered offshore wind energy development in Europe. He also successfully founded and managed a consultancy business providing advanced analytical and decision support services to the energy industry and designed and developed a windfarm maintenance cost modeling and optimisation software. Jean holds Msc. in mechanical-industrial engineering and Msc. in energy economics and management from Ecole des Mines de Douai and Ecole des Mines de Paris in France and is also a former student of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Eric Caradec

Director of Operations

Eric joined Velocita in November 2013 as Director of Operations, responsible for the engineering, construction and operation of Velocita’s onshore wind projects in France.

Eric has more than 20 years broad international experience in large size project management, supply chain management and contract management in Oil & Gas and wind power.

From 2008 to 2013, Eric was Director of Construction and Project Management for South West Europe for Senvion (Former Repower System), one of the top 5 worldwide wind turbine manufacturers, where he was overseeing the built of over 700 turbines.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the Oil & Gas sector covering offshore and onshore exploration and production with CGG Veritas, Woodside Energy and Total, where he headed quite a few international senior positions as Operation Manager, Country Manager and Supply Chain Deputy Director around the world.

Eric completed a Master of Science degree in Engineering at Besancon University and gained an MBA in International Business Management in ESCP Europe.

Gearóid Maher

Gearóid has been an investment professional with Velocita since October 2014, focusing predominantly on financing and M&A for the UK & French portfolios.

Previously, Gearóid worked for EDF Energy, a UK based subsidiary of EDF Group, in both the M&A and Investments and Corporate Strategy departments. During his time in M&A and Investments, Gearóid worked primarily on the financing and investment case for Hinkley Point C, EDF’s first new nuclear build project in the UK. While in Corporate Strategy, Gearóid worked on long term price forecasting and analysis of the UK government’s Electricity Market Reform proposals. Prior to this, Gearóid has completed internships within banking and engineering companies.

Gearóid has a M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London and a B.Sc from University College Cork in Ireland, and has also studied at the École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État in France. He is currently a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Gearóid speaks English and French.

Alexis Courtillon

Alexis has been an investment professional with Velocita since July 2013, focusing predominantly on financing and M&A for the French portfolio and on investment opportunities in the wider European region.

Alexis joined from Macquarie Capital where he was part of the London Infrastructure team. In this role, Alexis focused on financial analysis and structuring of Public-Private Partnership and other project finance transactions in the UK and continental Europe. Previously Alexis was part of Deutsche Bank’s project finance team in Frankfurt and Paris.

Alexis holds a double Master’s degree from the Ecole Centrale Paris (France) and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid – Industriales (Spain). He also obtained a Licence in Fundamental Physic from the Université of Paris X (France). Alexis speaks French, English and Spanish.

 

The Team

Governing Board

The Velocita group’s corporate governance structure is overseen by the board of directors of Velocita Energy Developments Limited.

The Board approves the strategic direction of the group and is responsible for the implementation of the group’s risk management system. 

Membership: Chris Hunt (Chairman), Andrew Lee (CEO), Alan Baker (COO), Robin Duggan, Natasha Fowlie.

Corporate Team

Velocita’s corporate team manage the strategy and financing of the group and are responsible for corporate and business development.

Membership: Alan Baker, Joris Rademakers, Enrique MorenoAnmol GaubaRobert Strachan, Abby Death, Martin Sherwin, Christine Sirven.

UK Team

The UK Team is responsible for project identification and development and procurement and construction in the UK. This team is well known in the market under its trading name 2020 Renewables.

Membership: Alasdair MacLeod, Julie Coyle, Eilidh Smith, Jillian Adams, Phoebe Davidson, Ian Simms, Stuart Cameron, Stephen Milloy.

France Team

Velocita’s business in France consists of several under construction wind farms, and wind farms in developments stages. The Rougemont wind farm sites 1 & 2 and the Vaite wind farm are currently being constructed by Velocita Energies Services on Velocita’s behalf, until the project is fully commissioned.

Alan Baker

Chief Operating Officer

Alan became Velocita’s COO in September 2015. Previously, he was the Managing Director of 2020 Renewables, since March 2010. Alan formed 2020 Renewables in 2010, and is the Managing Director, with a focus on the development, construction and operation of onshore wind projects in the UK.

Alan has worked in the power sector for over 25 years. Prior to his work with 2020, he was the Chief Executive of Airtricity (Scotland). Alan also spent nine years with Scottish Power, where he played a key role in the development and construction of major power infrastructure, ranging from gas fired generating power stations to gas storage installations, and latterly wind farm projects. His early career included a period with W.S. Atkins and Morrison Construction developing major defence, rail and water projects.

Alan graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Glasgow and has been a Chartered Engineer for 20 years.

Phoebe Davidson

Project Developer

Phoebe has been a Project Developer at 2020 since May 2013.

Her key areas of responsibility within the company include assisting both Alasdair MacLeod and Jillian Adams on project development and research. Phoebe will also be utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Windfarm software for 2020 Renewables.

Previously, Phoebe has had six months full time work experience as an assistant project developer at ScottishPower Renewables where she was part of the Onshore Wales development team. Phoebe has also worked overseas in Syracuse, New York with Colden Corporation which involved working in the Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental Consultancy field. In this position she was able to build upon her Charted Institution of Water and Environmental Management accreditation.

Phoebe is a recent graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University were she has graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Environmental Management and Planning.

Eilidh Smith

Asset Manager

Eilidh joined 2020 Renewables in October 2013 as Asset Manager. She will provide operations, technical, contractual and performance management expertise to support the operation and maintenance of onshore wind farm assets.

Eilidh has considerable experience within the wind industry with both an international OEM (Vestas) and a more focused O&M role with a UK third party service provider (RTS). Her experience covers major component replacement and management, wind turbine installation, statutory inspection project management and blade repair management.

RTS is a specialist blade repair and maintenance company with complementary skills in general wind turbine maintenance and safety systems. Initially focusing on the blade repair and management systems, Eilidh assisted RTS to become one of the UK’s leading third party maintenance companies.

Eilidh was Project Manager for five RTS wind farm installation projects and managed and planned these projects from inception to customer handover. Eilidh was involved with the pre site preparation works to ensure correct team, tools, PPE, third party suppliers and documentation were in place before site works commenced and managed each project to successful completion.

At Vestas Celtic Wind Technology Ltd. Eilidh was the main components planner and orchestrated all main components changes in wind turbines for the UK and Ireland, this included customer liaison, technician resource allocation, ordering of relevant tools and materials together with co-ordination of crane hire. 

Jillian Adams

Senior Development Manager

Jillian joined 2020 in May 2013.  Working in the Development Team Jillian supports the Development Director to develop the company’s UK wind portfolio.  This role includes site identification, land security, planning and EIA, community consultation, project development, consenting and compliance. 

Since graduating with a BSc in Plant and Environmental Biology and a Masters in Environmental Studies Jillian worked for over eleven years in environmental consulting and regulation specialising in EIA and pollution prevention latterly with a particular focus on the renewables sector.  In 2007 Jillian joined the Australian renewable energy company Pacific Hydro as Planning and Environment Manager with responsibility for the development and delivery of a number of large scale wind and solar projects throughout Australia.     

Jillian has an in depth knowledge of the renewables industry, planning and EIA legislation and best practice as well as hands on experience of community consultation and engagement and a good understanding of how these relate to the commercial aspects of development.  

Christopher B. Hunt

Director

Christopher is a Managing Director of Riverstone. He is based in London.

Christopher has nearly 20 years experience in renewable/alternative energy, gas and power. Throughout the course of his career, he has developed, constructed, financed and/or operated renewable and conventional energy businesses in over 25 countries involving more than 30 GWs of power capacity. Prior to joining Riverstone, Mr. Hunt was one of the principals leading the creation and growth of BP Alternative Energy. Whilst there, he was a principal architect in several strategic acquisitions and developments that positioned the renewable portfolio for significant profitability and future growth. He was also responsible for the development and operations of existing assets and served as Chief Executive, President or board member of several subsidiary companies.

Before working with BP, he worked extensively in the energy sector. He worked with Enron, where he was responsible for the acquisition, development, operations and/or financing of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of 16 coal, gas, wind and distribution businesses spread across Asia, as well as some businesses in Latin America. Prior to Enron, he was a founding member of a privately held international private power company that developed multiple wind and gas-fired power assets across Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Christopher currently serves on the Boards of Directors of AES Solar, Pattern Energy Group and Velocita Energy Developments. He received his BA, with high departmental honors from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his MBA, beta gamma sigma, from Columbia University. He has also completed various post-graduate training at Harvard, Stanford, MIT and Oxford Universities.

Andrew Lee

CEO

Andrew has been the Chief Executive of Velocita since its incorporation in 2011.

From 2007 to 2010, Andrew was Managing Director of Good Energies’ London office and head of its European wind, solar and biomass projects business. Good Energies was a leading global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Prior to that he was a partner and founder of the Englefield Renewable Energy Fund. This was London’s first dedicated wind energy equity fund; it was formed in 2004 and merged into Good Energies in 2007.

Previously, Andrew spent 15 years in investment banking where he advised on and led a wide range of transactions in a number of industries including power. He has also been involved with growing companies and venture capital investment in a private capacity. He helped found Augusta Finance, a boutique investment firm, where he advised equity investors on RWE’s Zephyr-Beaufort wind farm transaction, a landmark deal in the renewables sector.

Andrew completed a Masters degree in Engineering at Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before entering investment banking. He has a strong interest in sustainability and environmental affairs, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

Robin Duggan

Director

Robin is a Principal of Riverstone, based in London.

Prior to joining Riverstone, Robin was the founder of Commodity Optimisation Ventures Ltd, a business providing advice to clients in the private equity industry, including Texas Pacific Group. Before the founding of his business, he served in various positions with subsidiaries and affiliates of BP plc, one of the world’s largest energy firms. From 2004 to 2005 Robin was the Vice President of European Business Optimization at Innovene, BP’s olefins and derivatives subsidiary, where he was responsible for commercial activity for olefins and refining in Europe, and also oversaw Innovene’s successful separation from BP in Europe.

Before joining Innovene, Robin held a number of senior level positions in BP's Petrochemicals segment, including serving as the Performance Unit Leader of the Aromatics and Olefins division, Global Business Manager of the Styrene business unit, and the Planning, Performance and Strategy Manager of the Acetyls business unit. Prior to working in the Petrochemicals segment, he held various positions in the Upstream segment in the United Kingdom, Australia and Venezuela.

Robin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Velocita Energy Developments and Enviva. He holds a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and a Sloan Masters of Science in Management from Stanford University.

Natasha C. Fowlie

Director

Natasha is a Vice President of Riverstone. She is based in London.

Prior to joining Riverstone in 2012. Natasha worked in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of Goldman Sachs.

While in PIA she worked across Goldman Sach's private equity and principal debt funds, working with existing portfolio companies, and evaluating and executing new investments, primarily focused on the energy sector.

Natasha graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University.

 

Stephen K. Schaefer

Director

Stephen is a Partner of Riverstone and serves on the Investment Committees for the Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund I and Riverstone/Carlyle Renewable and Alternative Energy Fund II. He is based in Houston.

Prior to joining Riverstone in 2004, Stephen was a Managing Director with Huron Consulting Group, where he founded and headed its Energy Practice. While at Huron, he served as interim CEO for Boston Generating Company. He also advised acquirers, bank groups and creditors committees regarding energy assets, including the Mirant and National Energy Group bankruptcies. Prior to joining Huron, Stephen was Vice President of Duke Energy. His responsibilities included all aspects regarding the acquisition, management and divestiture of power generation activities, including production facilities, trading books and trading companies. He served on the Board of Directors of the Management Committees for its subsidiaries. Before joining Duke Energy, he served as Vice President with LG&E Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining LG&E, Stephen worked in the Financial Advisory Group for Ernst & Young in New York.

Stephen serves on the Boards of Directors for Velocita Energy Developments, Amaizeingly Green, Coastal Carolina Clean Power, Emerald, Ensus Ethanol, Green Earth Fuels, Patagonia Bioenergia, Pattern Energy Group, Raven Power Holdings, ReEnergy, Sapphire Power Holdings, ThermaSource and Topaz Power.

Stephen received his BS, magna cum laude, in finance and accounting from Northeastern University in 1987 and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Pierre-Antoine Tetard

Vice President and President for France

Pierre-Antoine joined Andrew at Velocita shortly after the company was formed and is responsible for the management of the French business and corporate development activities.

Prior to joining Velocita, Pierre-Antoine was an Associate with Riverstone Holdings, based in London. In this role, Pierre-Antoine focused on the sourcing, analysis, negotiation, structuring and closing of investments, both in renewables and conventional energy in Europe. He was also involved in the management of several Riverstone portfolio companies.

Previously, Pierre-Antoine spent three years at the Investment Banking department of Morgan Stanley (London and New York), where he advised clients in the Energy and Utilities industries on M&A transactions, IPOs, equity and debt financing, valuation and strategic reviews.

Pierre-Antoine received a Master’s degree in Finance at Sciences-Po (Paris) and a B.A. in Economics at Dauphine University (Paris IX).

Dorothée Privat

Group Finance Director

Dorothée joined Velocita in September 2012 and has responsibility for Finance, including accounting, tax, financial reporting and compliance. 

From 2006 to 2012, Dorothée worked as a Senior Financial Controller for Platina Partners LLP, a European private equity Investment Manager focusing on renewable energy projects.

Prior to this, she built her financial experience in different sectors, spending a year with Pacodis/ACS, a perfume and cosmetics distributor focusing on the Italian market, and several years with L'OREAL in an international context. She had previously worked with ICI, a UK-based speciality chemicals company, working first in their UK offices before moving to Singapore. She began her career working for Shell Chemicals.

Dorothée is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has a BSc in Finance with Economics from the Institut Commercial de Nancy (ICN). She is currently completing the Advance Diploma on International taxation (ADIT).

 

Joris Rademakers

Corporate Development and Strategy Director

Joris has been Corporate Development and Strategy Director in October 2016, heading up the Investment Team and being responsible for Corporate Development and Strategy, including acquisitions, divestments, business development and both corporate and project financing.

Joris was previously Group Finance Director from April until September 2016, heading up the Finance team and being responsible for Finance, including accounting, tax, financial reporting and compliance as well as responsibilities for the group’s divestment programme. Prior to this, Joris has been an investment professional with Velocita since early 2012. In his role as a Vice President in the Investment Team Joris was responsible for acquisitions, divestments and corporate development and before that as an Associate focussed on project financing and M&A for the UK portfolio and on investment opportunities in the wider European region.

Before joining Velocita Joris gained finance and M&A experience within the investment banking division of Barclays Capital based in the UK, focusing on the clean technology sector, including wind, and the broader industrials space. Prior to this, Joris worked for Chevron Exploration and Production in the Netherlands.

Joris has a B.Sc. in Sustainable Molecular Science and Technology, with a minor in Management of Technology, from the Technical University of Delft and Leiden University in the Netherlands. During his B.Sc. he has also studied at the London School of Economics. After working at Chevron Joris obtained a M.Sc. with distinction in Energy, Trade and Finance, from the Cass Business School of the UK. He has also completed the Global Management programme at Insead following various executive education courses in France and the United States.

Robert Strachan

Senior Finance Manager

Robert joined Velocita in March 2013 as a Management Accountant, focusing particularly on the reporting of Velocita’s projects’ performance, including the accounting and fiscal aspects.

Previously, Robert spent three years at Platina Partners LLP as a junior accountant where he was instrumental to the set-up of accounting and tax procedures, audit management and the implementation of the shareholder reporting. Prior to this, Robert worked for the MCC at Lord’s Cricket Ground for six years in various accounting and administrative roles.

Robert has a degree in business management from the University of Southampton.

Farida Ahkim

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Farida joined Velocita in November 2011 from Good Energies (UK) LLP, where she was Executive Assistant to the Managing Directors and Office Manager.

Before this, Farida was supporting the Partners leading the Renewable Energy Fund at Englefield Capital until it merged with Good Energies in 2007.

Farida holds a degree in German language and literature from the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Alasdair Macleod

Head of Scotland 

Alasdair became Velocita’s Head of Scotland in September 2015. Previously, he was the Development Director at 2020 Renewables, since March 2010.

His key areas of responsibility within the company include site identification, project development, planning advice and acquisitions, and the management of the company’s UK wind portfolio.

Previously Alasdair has worked as the Planning Director with RPS Consultants, as Head of Wind Development at Infinis and as Development Manager for Scotland at Airtricity. He has worked in the renewables sector since 2000 and has successfully developed wind projects across the UK.

Alasdair is a Chartered Town Planner with industry knowledge, experience of Planning and EIA law, project management skills and strengths in community engagement and public affairs. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and currently sits on Scottish Renewables’ Planning Advisory Group and Renewables-UK’s Aviation Stakeholder Group.

Renaud Vallier

Project Manager

Renaud joined Velocita France as project manager in January 2015 to drive Velocita on-shore wind projects from engineering phase to completion . Renaud has previously worked with Naskeo Environment, where he was Construction Manager and in charge of the conception and execution of significant and complex biogas plants from start to finish. He gained his experience in wind energy at CEGELEC where he managed the infrastructures of wind farm projects. Prior to this he worked for VOL-V Solar where he was Solar PV Project Engineer responsible for the evaluation, planning and development of potential PV projects.

Renaud has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Rennes (France) and a bachelor in Engineering Environmental and Technology Management from the Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda (Netherlands).

Louisa Seddik

Team Assistant

Louisa joined Velocita in January 2015 and supports the Velocita team in the UK and France. Prior to that she worked as team assistant at Barclays Design Lab in London and LexisNexis in Paris.

Louisa has a Secretary degree from the Cer Forma in Paris and is fluent in French, English and Italian.

Julie Coyle

Group Legal Counsel (currently on maternity leave)

Julie joined 2020 Renewables in 2010 as in-house legal advisor. She is involved at all stages in the development process of the windfarm projects, particularly in relation to land agreements. Julie also provides advice to Velocita on company secretarial matters, joint ventures, investments and corporate structure as well as overseeing all of the external legal advice that is instructed by the group.

Prior to joining 2020 Renewables Julie was at Dundas & Wilson, where she was involved in a variety of wind farm projects involving land agreements, acquisitions and project financing, acting for developers, lenders and landowners. Julie completed her legal traineeship with Dickson Minto.

Julie has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. Julie qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has previously tutored Conveyancing on the University of Glasgow Professional Practice (Diploma) course.

Alasdair Campbell

Head of Scotland

Alasdair became Velocita’s Head of Scotland in September 2015. Previously, he was the Development Director at 2020 Renewables, since March 2010.

His key areas of responsibility within the company include site identification, project development, planning advice and acquisitions, and the management of the company’s UK wind portfolio.

Previously Alasdair has worked as the Planning Director with RPS Consultants, as Head of Wind Development at Infinis and as Development Manager for Scotland at Airtricity. He has worked in the renewables sector since 2000 and has successfully developed wind projects across the UK.

Alasdair is a Chartered Town Planner with industry knowledge, experience of Planning and EIA law, project management skills and strengths in community engagement and public affairs. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and currently sits on Scottish Renewables’ Planning Advisory Group and Renewables-UK’s Aviation Stakeholder Group.

 

Jean-Pierre Laurent

President

Jean-Pierre set up Opale Energies Naturelles 2008 after over fifteen years of experience in the wind energy sector. He created the company by integrating a strong social model and a unique approach to town and country planning. Under his responsibility, more than 500 MW of wind projects were taken up to the point of the building permit, and more than 1,500 MW have been managed in a diverse range of situations.

Jean-Pierre has been responsible for wind development in French overseas departments and territories, and abroad and in France as a branch manager; he has been involved in the development of the French wind sector since 1996.

As a basis for this, Jean-Pierre studied at the ESC Grenoble and has an MSC in Technological Management from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology. He is dedicated to leading his team in a constant spirit of innovation, particularly when it comes to the development of projects, and with a deep respect for rural territories and strong conviction in the value of human partnerships.

Sébastien Jeangirard

Head of Development – North of France

Sebastien was one of the three founders of Opale Energies Naturelles in 2008. He is responsible for the management and development of wind projects in the North East of France.

Prior to this, Sebastien worked as a Project Manager in the North East of France, where he developed more than 200 MW of wind projects between 2002 and 2008. He had previously spent four years as a Project Manager in the field of transport, before turning his attentions towards the wind energy sector.

Sebastien studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs (ENI) de Belfort in Franche Comté and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.

Arnaud Grand

Head of Development – South of France

Since 2002, Arnaud has led the development of wind projects in the South of France. He has carried more than 100 MW of projects through to the level of receiving a building permit. Before this, he dedicated himself to working on the analysis of wind resources and to the development of projects in island and cyclonic environments.

Arnaud began his career in renewable energies in 1998, using his expertise in solar systems for the ADEME (Agency of the Environment and the Control of Energy). He studied engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers of Bordeaux and Paris, the leading French school in the fields of mechanics and industrialisation.

Frédéric Beltran

Wind Project Manager

Frédéric works within Opale as a wind project manager, working on projects from the development and prospecting stage, through to the receipt of building permits and the meeting of authorisation requests.

Since 2001, he has specialised in the development of renewable energies, including wind and biogas. Before this he spent ten years as a member of the team working on the development and rehabilitation of gas turbines within first Alstom and then General Electric of Belfort. He has participated in the development of more than 500 MW of wind projects and supported the development of in the region of over 10 MW of projects from biogas.

Frédéric trained as an Engineer at the Technological University of Compiègne.