Meet the team

Whilst our volunteer Boards run our organisations, the following team members advise them and provide the day-to-day operation, management and front line services.

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Alistair Macpherson

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Since 2013 Alistair has led PEC’s development from a council initiative, into a big-thinking multifaceted venture delivering targeted support to the fuel poor, and community-owned alternatives to fossil fuels.

With a degree in Geography from Plymouth University, Alistair has a background in biodiversity and sustainable development projects for local authorities and third sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

Originally hailing from Essex, Alistair has raised his family in Devon and enjoys cycling, climbing, sailing and adventure.

He was named ‘Community Energy Champion’ at the 2016 Community Energy England Awards and ‘South West Sustainable Energy Champion’ at the 2017 Green Energy Awards. In 2017, he attended the Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of his contributions to the sector. Alistair sees Plymouth leading the way in the community energy revolution and is proud to be part of it.

Clare Mains

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Clare is the Project Manager for Warm and Well, our four year, Big Lottery funded project to tackle fuel poverty alongside residents who have disabilities. She also co-manages the Energy Team – PEC advisors and volunteers who help Plymouth residents with their energy issues. She is immensely proud of the team, their work and its growing services, which now include income maximisation, mediation and prevention work with organisations in the city.

Clare has lived in Plymouth since 2011 and came to the area from Norfolk, where she led campaigns for biodiversity organisations, local authorities and charities. She is now one of PEC’s experts on funding bids.

When it comes to work, she is passionate about joining up local services to reach the people in need of them. Outside of work, she’s a little green fingered and handy with a paint brush.

“I’m lucky enough to go out each day and meet people who want to make life better for themselves and for those around them. What more could I ask?“

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Clare Mains

Project Manager

Dan Turner

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Dan joined the PEC team in October 2017 having spent the previous year working on energy policy and solar projects in Las Vegas (Viva Las Vegas!). Dan’s role at PEC entails identifying new and innovative renewable energy and commercial efficiency opportunities, delivering our LED lighting programme and managing the operation and management of current solar assets.

Dan loves the outdoors and adventure. He is an avid traveller having visited all continents with the exception of Antarctica (on the list) but Devon will always be home. He loves SCUBA diving, football, kayaking, cricket, cycling – basically any sport apart from ballet, he doesn’t really have the legs for that.

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Dan Turner

Renewables Project Manager

Justin Bear

Justin

Justin joined the PEC team in September 2017. He coordinates PEC’s energy team to install simple energy efficient measures and provide advice. He also works behind the scenes to develop new opportunities.

With a Natural Sciences degree from the University of Bath, he enjoys communicating technical information in an uncomplicated and engaging way. He has used these skills delivering fuel poverty projects at the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol between 2013 and 2017 and before this worked briefly for Good Energy.

After a 9 year stint of dabbling with living on the fringes of the South West, in Bristol, Justin has returned to Devon where he was born and grew up. Living in Dawlish, he is enjoying being able to live and work right next to the sea.

Justin

Justin Bear

Project Manager

Jon Selman

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Jon has been with PEC since the beginning and was involved in the preparatory work leading to the establishment of PEC and PEC Renewables, including the development of initial business plans, governance and delivery of various project programmes. He has provided mentoring support to other community energy groups and is a licensed practitioner for the Community Shares ‘Standard Mark’. He oversees the contractual requirements and installation of the renewables projects delivered by PEC Renewables.

He has previous (and on-going) experience of dealing with energy related issues in a planning capacity, from policy through to negotiations including with district heating, onsite renewables and solar master-planning. He also has social enterprise experience, including governance, business planning, project delivery and community engagement.

His background is in urban design, planning, including preparation of site guidance and area-based policy, as well as attendance as expert witness for planning inquiries. He is a chartered landscape architect, with over 20 years’ experience of design, negotiation and project delivery of environmental projects.

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Jon Selman

Project Manager

Jemma Knowles

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Jemma provides communications and engagement services for all of the organisations in the PEC family. Her role involves management of the website, social media channels, member communications and governance, media and public relations, marketing of specific services and campaigns, community engagement and event organisation.

A keen environmentalist, Jemma has previously worked for the New Zealand Department of Conservation and the UK Environment Agency as well as providing marketing and communications for one of New Zealand's signature tourism companies.

She is passionate about communities working together to improve their quality of life whilst existing in balance with their local environment. She loves yoga, hiking, live music, exploring and being with family and friends.

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Jemma Knowles

Communications & engagement

Rae Porter

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Rae has been working with vulnerable people with multiple and complex needs for many years. She has worked in residential, custodial and community settings and is dedicated to ensuring that those who are isolated, marginalised and / or living in poverty are fairly represented and supported to enhance their quality of life, take accountability for their actions and become integrated members of their community.

Despite being a qualified and experienced manager, counsellor and therapeutic supervisor, Rae has chosen to return to casework as she particularly enjoys the challenges of working within a team on the front line. This combined with a passion for environmental issues makes Plymouth Energy Community a brilliant place to work.

In her personal time, Rae enjoys being in nature, cooking (and eating), travelling, listening to music, writing, embroidery and learning to play the guitar. She also enjoys comedy and laughs – a lot!

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Rae Porter

Energy Advisor

Kathy Valentine

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Kathy joined PEC as an Energy Team Advisor after many years of working as a Benefits and Debt Caseworker at the Citizens Advice and Improving Lives, Plymouth.

From up north with a degree in Business Studies, she joined the Sainsbury’s graduate training scheme but quickly realised that her passion lay in understanding the causes of social problems and promoting the welfare of citizens. This lead to 10 years working at Citizens Advice, enabling her to find discover why inequality exists in the local community and what more can be done to support people to assert their rights and to not suffer through lack of knowledge of their rights and the services available to them.

She loves helping people to save money on their energy bills and to make their homes more cosy and energy efficient.

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Kathy Valentine

Energy Advisor

Didier Cavrot

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After completing the PEC Pals programme in 2017, Didier joined the team in May 2019 as PEC Assistant Advisor. He has a degree in Ocean Sciences from the University of Plymouth and more recently obtained a Masters in Marine Renewable Energy. After a brief spell working at the University, he has spent more than 17 years working in the language industry.

Recently Didier decided to work in the energy sector in a bid to contribute to a fairer low carbon world and in the belief that he can “make a difference” however small it is.

In his spare time, Didier enjoys cycling, running and walking his dog. He has also set himself the task of building an “eco-pod” which is well under way as well as a small electric boat powered solely by renewable energy… although there is no word on a launch date!

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Didier Cavrot

Energy Advisor

Jason Hargreaves

Jason Hargreaves

Jason was excited to get the opportunity to join PEC and work within a team that shares a strong ethos built around helping people and fighting the climate crisis. The Energy Advisor role combines his experience gained in property renovation with his previous role as a science teacher.

In the four years between teaching and joining PEC, Jason was fortunate to have been the main carer for his boy and girl twins, until they started school.

With an Environmental Studies degree and an HND in Agriculture, Jason has always been drawn to the outdoors and worked in biological pest control before it was trendy.

He grew up in the South East with Lancastrian parents and continued to move around, settling in Plymouth in 2011, after spending a year teaching English in the Northern Spanish region of Asturias.

Jason Hargreaves

Jason Hargreaves

Energy Advisor

Christine Watchman

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Christine is originally from Cranwell, and spent her formative years moving around the UK before settling in Plymouth at the age of 11. She was delighted to join PEC in October 2020, after gaining considerable experience supporting those most vulnerable in society in her previous roles.

Having always felt passionate about the impact of government policies on families and individuals lives, she completed a degree in Social Policy, gaining a First Class Honours with the Open University. She then went on to work in numerous roles, including in a Women's Refuge, volunteering at Plymouth Mind, working as a Life Enhancement Advisor at Twelve's Company, working for the Alzheimer's Society and has spent the last 4 years working within the management team of a domiciliary care agency.

In her spare time Christine likes to play music, is in a band playing saxophone, and has several guitars and ukuleles that she plays, without an audience! She also endeavours to keep fit by swimming, being a gym member, and loves waling in nature with her much loved pug!

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Christine Watchman

Energy Advisor

Katie Storr

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Katie was born in Essex, but raised in Cornwall and has made Plymouth her home for the past 4 years. She joined PEC in October 2020 after completing a customer services apprenticeship with Plymouth City Council. She is now an Assistant Energy Advisor and loves how she is able to make a difference, helping people to get out of fuel poverty and feel more confident dealing with their energy needs.

Katie's favourite thing to do is go to the theatre, and in her spare time she enjoys crafting with polymer clay and resin, making her own jewellery and trinkets. Katie is excited to start a Psychology degree part time, alongside working for PEC, with the Open University.

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Katie Storr

Assistant Energy Advisor

Kim Delamare

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Kim spent her childhood in Plymouth, then had a period of working and travelling abroad, teaching and volunteering, in various projects and various places. She has studied Drama and Theatre, English Teaching and currently Soft Tissue Therapy. Having worked across the housing, education and refugee and asylum sectors, she has becoming increasingly interested in human rights, and also the endless search for zen. This experience makes her perfectly placed within PEC, to help those in fuel poverty access the support available and impart energy saving tips.

Kim likes the coast, being outside, movement, being arty and making things. She loves Plymouth, and the surrounding areas, so it was a no brainer to settle here after travelling for many years. She enjoys welcoming new people, and wants to protect our unique environment and nurture our kind community. PEC allows her to do all of these things with a passionate team.

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Kim Delamare

Assistant Energy Advisor

Matt Chown

Matt Chown

Matt is a freelance energy advisor, helping to deliver the Green Homes Grant scheme in Plymouth. He has a degree in Health and Fitness, and a Certificate in Education. He has a wide breadth of experience, having had previous roles including Sports Coaching, Education, working at the Environment Agency, and Plymouth City Council. He is also currently an elected Parish and District Councillor.

Matt was born here in South Devon and loves living near the sea. He has been fortunate enough to travel widely around the World, both personally and for work. Matt enjoys sport, in particular surfing and skiing, and taking part in triathlons. He is incredibly passionate about protecting the environment and is really pleased to have a job that positively addresses the Climate Emergency.

Matt Chown

Matt Chown

Freelance Energy Advisor

Liz Wells

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Liz joined the team as Technical and Business Support Officer in 2017, a vital role that involves answering the telephone, submitting details of expenditure on projects, assisting with the ongoing income streams for PEC Renewables and generally being there to support everyone as much as she can. Liz is really excited and honoured to work for PEC and to be able to play a small part in the great work that the organisation does.

Liz counts herself very lucky to work in Plymouth. When not in the office, she loves to get out walking, off-road running and swimming off the Hoe.

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Liz Wells

Business Administration

Ellie Hurford-John

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Ellie has a BA in Archaeology, and a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Archaeology and Landscape Management, both from the University of Wales Lampeter. After leaving University, Ellie has gained experience in numerous different roles, including working for Plymouth City Council in School Transport and School Admissions. She began a PGCE in Primary Education, which was a valuable experience, but the desire to make positive impacts to the environment brought her to PEC.

Ellie's role of Technical and Business Support Officer is the most challenging she has had, but the one she enjoys the most. It allows her to get involved in a variety of projects, and she has become much more knowledgeable regarding the Climate Emergency and how we react to this. Ellie enjoys the diversity of her role, and is proud to work for PEC and help make a positive difference to individuals in need and the community.

Ellie enjoys spending time with her husband and six year old son. She loves reading, and can always be found with her nose in a book, as well as singing and drawing. She couldn't imagine living anywhere else, and loves that Plymouth is right by the sea as well as in close proximity to beautiful Dartmoor.

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Ellie Hurford-John

Business Support Officer