Meet the Team - Arbor Heat and Power Meet the Team - Arbor Heat and Power

Meet the Team

Richard Griffin

CEO

Richard leads the management team of Volter UK Ltd T/A Arbor Heat and Power.

Following the innovation, Ofgem accreditation, DECC recognition and successful operation of the first PPO Renewably fuelled CHP systems in the UK Richard and his team have been responsible for bringing together the exclusive relationships from their European gasification supply base of Volter Oy and AHT Services GmbH. Together they have successfully accredited and run the UK’s leading small decentralised gasification installation.

Richard is a specialist in power generation and the integration and operation of local energy systems. He has amassed over 30 years’ experience in the European and International Energy sector, and held a number of board level roles in the European energy industry.

Particular technical and commercial experience includes: gas turbine, gas engine and renewably fuelled reciprocating engine based CHP systems, original equipment specifying and manufacture, fossil based steam turbine power generation; turnkey project development, and the integration, business operation and management of both large grid connected facilities and local distributed energy systems.

Previous positions include: MD LowC Communities; Associate Partner Ecofys UK (European sustainable energy consultancy); Director of European Business Development for Solomon Associates (US based) providing strategic, operational, and management consultancy at board level to UK and European international utilities; COO for the Nedalo Group (a distributed CHP provider-TXU Energy); Director TXU Europe;  Director, Pharos Energy UK & Ireland Holding B.V. (E.ON); Acquisition Manager and member of the Dutch Board of Generation for the ABB Group (based in NL); International Consortium Leader, India (based at the ABB steam turbine technical lead centre in Germany <100MWe).

Qualifications: Dipl MSc from Nottingham University, gained distinctions in Business, Negotiation and Strategy from the GEC Management college, Dunchurch, and in Techniques du Commerce International, from the GEC-Alsthom Business School-Versailles.

Andrew West

Operations Director

Andrew West has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, the last 15 years at director level in both PLC and private organisations. He has experience in all disciplines within the industry and as such has an excellent overview of the built environment. Recently Andrew has been concentrating on low energy construction processes through the Code for Sustainable Homes using off site manufacturing methods of construction. He was on the panel of the NHBC Standards for timber frame housing April 08. Through his interest in timber frame construction Andrew has been responsible for setting up two timber frame manufacturing businesses.

Previous positions include:

  • Construction Director Magnus Homes
  • Construction Director Allison Homes
  • Construction Director Allison Homes Eastern
  • Commercial & Technical Director Allison Homes Eastern
  • Production & Technical Director Larkfleet Homes

Robert Barr

Commercial Director

Robert Barr, a fully qualified ACCA Accountant, spent 15 years in the Travel and Leisure industry with detailed experience at Director level and including Main Board Director of London Stock Exchange fully listed Public Limited Company. He was also Chairman of Wallace Arnold Holidays Limited which employed 1,250 staff, owned 10 Hotels, 23 Travel Agencies  and 225 Coaches. He later managed a £62 million buyout of Wallace Arnold Holidays Limited with 3i Group as key investor.

Subsequently he spent 8 years in the Motor retail and vehicle leasing industry at director level including Retail dealership representation in the UK for Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen Audi, BMW, Ford, Opel and Vauxhall.

His 8 year long involvement in an IT Company specialising in the Hotel, Leisure and Healthcare sectors including a BUPA and Best Western sparked his interest in energy services and renewable energy.

Robert initially took this vision forward with his founding and ownership of a of a Renewable Energy Consultancy Complete Carbon Control Limited – advising many of the same client base as his IT business on energy and carbon related matters.

In December 2014, after working alongside Arbor Heat and Power for a number of months, Robert decided to join forces to further enhance our position in the market, and to fully realise his ambitions in renewable energy services with some of the best products in the industry.

Nick McDowall

Business Development Manager

In 2009 Nick graduated from The University of Nottingham with a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering (BEng (Hons)) and a Masters in Energy Conversion and Management (MSc), funded by an Industrial Sponsorship from industrial real estate provider Prologis. The course, which was fully accredited by CIBSE and the Engineering Council UK, provided a strong emphasis on management, science, technology and engineering within the context of renewable and sustainable energy technologies in the built environment.

Nick has a wide range of experience of number of energy systems and sustainability within the built environment. Nick has carried out feasibility studies for a number of different sizes and types of schemes, including large new build PFI schools in the BSF programme, University Campus developments and stately homes. The scope of the feasibility studies and the targets set within them have also varied; from gaining BREEAM compliance, to satisfying national carbon reduction targets for BSF schemes, to achieving a set cost reduction compared to traditional energy sources.

As part of a Project Team responsible for the renewable energy centre for Co-operative flagship Headquarters in Manchester, Nick dealt with day to day design and co-ordination issues along with client liaison on air quality issues as part of the renewable CHP integration.

Nick now has over six years’ experience within the renewable CHP sector and as Business Development Manager fronts the sales department for Arbor Heat and Power. He is responsible for project development and client liaison from conception through to sale. Following the recent appointment of regional sub-distributors by Arbor Heat and Power, Nick will also be responsible for coordinating and managing their activities nationwide.

Stewart Clay

Technical Support Manager

Stewart is City and Guilds qualified in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, beginning his career working with Redring Electric Limited as an electrical apprentice.

Stewart has a wide range of skills within both the electrical and mechanical industries that he has applied to positions for companies such as John Lewis Partnership, Supreme Concrete Ltd, Miele Company Ltd and Phoenix Hydraulics and Electrical Solutions.

Stewart has over 30 years’ experience working in the electrical engineering industry which he now uses to great effect as Arbor Heat and Powers Maintenance and Projects Technician.

As Maintenance and Projects Technician Stewart is responsible for providing technical support for the Project Team on ongoing and new schemes and systems. Stewart is also responsible for the planned maintenance and breakdown maintenance on Arbor Heat and Powers’ existing and new installations.

Natasha Constantine

Marketing Co-ordinator

Natasha Constantine joined the team at Arbor Heat and Power in October 2013, in the role of Office Administrator – organising our day to day activities and ensuring the smooth running of a busy and often chaotic office! With a degree level educational background within the fashion industry, Natasha found herself totally at home within the glamorous renewable energy sector.
Now an indispensible member of the team, Natasha’s duties have grown and she now looks after many aspects of the information flow during the development of new projects, particularly drawings and proposal documents. She also looks after aspects of the growing marketing function whilst taking responsibility to ensure that our distributor and client events run like clockwork!

Gary Meadows

Arbor Aftersales General Manager

Gary has over 22 years experience in the Aeronautical industry and is a qualified mechanical and electrical aeronautical engineer and also Graduate Member of the British Institute of Engineering.

After deciding to leave the aeronautical industry in 2002 Gary has had various project management, business development and key account management roles in the construction industry where he has picked invaluable experience.  He has also spent time in the United Arab Emirates gaining valuable experience.  His mixture of engineering and project management experience has enabled him to settle in quickly within the team.

Gary has been responsible for the project management of installation and commissioning of the arborElectroGen 45 units across the Midlands and Wales.  This role has now been combined with his new role of key account manager which makes him the first point of contact for any of our clients requiring support or advice.

A keen sportsman, Gary is a regular member of the Royal Air Force veterans football team who are regularly involved in various prestigious fixtures nationwide.

 

Steve Taylor

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Stephen has over 10 years’ experience as a qualified electrician covering a wide range of work varying from nuclear power stations to domestic projects. With experience in maintenance, testing and commissioning of electrical systems to BS7671. Whilst able to gain vast knowledge of the electrical sector Stephen also pursued a rugby career competing at a professional international level and representing Wales 7’s.

As the Senior Technical Support Engineer Stephen is responsible for liaising with projects, on site engineers and the customer, providing technical advice and guidance throughout the project to ensure the site is ready for commissioning. Stephen also has the responsibility of commissioning the Arbor unit allowing the project to be signed off and handed to the customer.

Ewa Marek

Director of Finance

Ewa Marek has graduated from The University of Silesia in Katowice with a Masters in Administration Law. Completed post-graduate studies in Accountancy and The Modular Course in Business Entities Accounting fully accredited by The Association of Accountants in Poland. She has also graduated from Secondary School of Economics.

Ewa has gained good all round experience in accounting and finance by holding Head of Finance position in various companies from construction and renewable energy sector.
Ewa is responsible for running the Accounts Department in Arbor Heat and Power.

Harry Edwards

Spares Stock Co-ordinator

Harry is a very technically minded individual who has always taken a very hands on approach to anything which involves mechanical engineering. This started out by rebuilding engines on motorbikes at the early age of 11. In later years he qualified as a welder at technical college and also completed a Cytech level 2 course to become a qualified bicycle mechanic and manage the workshop of two local bike shops. His skills later took him to run and develop a Customer support department for a bicycle component company with a nationwide customer base.

Harry realises the importance of quality, easy to source parts and maintenance packages to eliminate any downtime of anything mechanical. He is skilled in providing a dedicated service for Arbor customers to make their Aftersales experience easy to understand and customer friendly to ensure you get the best from your product. Harry works closely with the distributors to ensure Arbor provides the best quality, cost effective solutions to keeping your unit running faultlessly.

Dan Griffin

Business Development Co-Ordinator

Dan started his working career in 2009 as a project assistant for a market leader in renewable power. While working for the company he gained qualifications in Energy Efficiency, Business management, construction professional and a Higher National certificate in Engineering.

As well as gaining qualifications, Dan has worked in all elements in the delivery of a range of turnkey renewable solutions; gaining an in depth wide range of experience in sales and design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of bioliquid and wood based CHP systems.

Dan has been involved in a wide range of projects including the renewable energy centre in the Co-operatives headquarters in Manchester, a number of turnkey new build PFI schools in the BSF programmes and integrating innovative renewable power in rural estates.

Dan has also had a key role in project managing installations where he took a “hands on” role in installing and commissioning the ArborElectrogen range. After commissioning he covered items of scheduled maintenance on the unit, gaining valuable knowledge.

As Distributor Relationship Manager for Arbor Heat and Power, Dan is now responsible for Scotland and the topside of England and is the single point of contact for any clients seeking post installation support moving forward.

Andrew Horsley

Head of Consultancy, Research and Development

Andrew is the lead renewable energy consultant at Arbor Heat and Power, Andrew takes pride in being able to provide biomass-fuelled CHP solutions that are not only proven in the field to deliver zero or low-carbon heat and power, but contribute to reducing running costs by generating a revenue stream.

Having consulted on a number of high profile renewable energy installations throughout the UK, for over 15 years, Andrew is an authority on renewable energy, and has been instrumental in designing and integrating energy systems in both the private and public sectors.

Andrew is passionate about championing the need for accurate information within the renewable energy sector, and is of the opinion that consultants currently base their recommendations on theoretical outputs and not what can be achieved in practice. The first question when designing a renewable energy system should always be, ‘what energy will be consumed and when’ not ‘which solution offers the best incentive’.

Andrew began his career at Carillion Plc, initially on the integration of energy performance optimisation processes into PFI projects, and latterly as Sustainability Manager for the Carillion building business. His legacy is the installation of significant energy efficiency measures installed at the De Havilland Campus at the University of Hertfordshire, the subject of his doctorate, which bore witness to savings of over £30m from an investment of only £1m, and delivered reduced carbon emissions in excess of 60%. Andrew also worked as Head of Energy in the built environment department of Ecofys UK between 2003 and 2007, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of a wide range of energy and renewable energy services to new build projects, major refurbishments and investment portfolios.

Andrew holds an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Environmental Technology from the University of Surrey, which he completed while at Carillion, and a BSc in Geography from the University of Durham. Andrew is also an external examiner for the Engineering Doctorate specialising in energy and carbon reduction in the built environment, and is currently reviewing a project relating to commercially optimised designs to meet code 6 of the code for sustainable homes.

Top of Andrew’s expanding agenda is a renewable energy solution which can generate clean, low carbon heat and power from waste materials that would otherwise involve disposal fees and yet qualifies for renewable energy incentives. The TruEnergy gasification system will be available at a scale which is applicable to single buildings or facilities as well as large scale district and regional energy projects.

Saffy

K9 Coordinator

Saffy joined the Arbor team in February 2014. At just 3 months old her experience was minimal but she adapted well to her new role and quickly became an invaluable member of the office. With a natural ability to raise morale and keep the office free from cats she compliments the team well.

Despite no previous qualifications in renewables it didn’t take long for her to hone her skills in energy conservation through a strict daily sleeping routine, broken only by a lunchtime walk around the surrounding fields.

Her responsibilities include sales meeting support to Business Development Manager Nick McDowall, treat sampler for all office snacks and importantly an early welcoming signal to approaching visitors (particularly delivery men and women).

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