Board 

Strone Macpherson (Chairman).  Strone was previously Chairman of Close Brothers Group plc, British Empire Securities and General Trust plc, and JP Morgan Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc. He was a Director of AXA UK and Kleinwort Benson Private Bank, and was Treasurer and a Trustee of the King’s Fund and a Governor of Heriot Watt University. Strone was part of the core team which founded Misys plc and built it into a FTSE-100 company..

Max Aitken (Founder, Co-CEO).  Max co-founded Estover in 2009. Over the past 15 years Max has founded a number of businesses in energy, IT, and media. He is a director of Cherif Capital, a family office investing in the UK and North America, President of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation based in Montreal and a Trustee of the Beaverbrook Foundation.

Marcus Whately (Founder, Co-CEO).  Marcus co-founded Estover in 2009. He is Co-CEO, and a Director of the Speyside and Cramlington CHP plants. His previous career was in the IT industry, where he was founder and CEO of a group of IT software and consulting businesses that he built up over 8 years and sold in 2008. 

Henry Warde (Founder, Non executive director).  Henry qualified as Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. As well as working for Estover as Finance Director, has been involved in a number of property business.  He is currently Managing Partner of the Squerryes Estate in Kent.

 

Advisory Board

Edward Hyams Edward was most recently a Partner at Englefield Capital focusing on the renewable energy sector. He has worked in the energy industry since 1970, including as Engineering Director of what is now Scottish & Southern Electricity, Managing Director at Eastern Group, Non-Executive Chairman of the UK Energy Saving Trust, a Board Member of the Carbon Trust and Chairman of The Utility Strategy Group.

John Watson John was FD then MD of Fibrowatt, which developed, built, owned and operated three biomass power plants fired with poultry litter and agricultural and forest biomass, generating a total of 65 MWe. John was previously a director of Robert Fleming & Co in Corporate Finance. He is a director of a small hydro development and advises a waste-to-energy business.

Team

Brian Ingham (Operations).  Brian has 30 years of energy project experience.  He has held a number of senior and board positions in renewable power generation businesses and project financings. He was a member of the management team and of the Operating Committee of the award winning 400MW Zephyr wind project.  In biomass, Brian has managed development of straw fired projects in eastern England, directed construction and operation for the majority shareholder of a 13MWe wood fired plant in Wales, acted as owner representative in construction of a 10MW biomass boiler in eastern England and managed investor interests in a 35MWe waste wood development.  

Steve Lavery (Senior Advisor, Forestry).  Steve was previously the Managing Director of UPM Tilhill, the UK's largest private forestry management and timber harvesting company. He has worked in the UK’s forest industry since 1985 primarily in the timber harvesting and marketing businesses of BSW and latterly UPM. In 2005 he led the Tilhill Harvesting team to establish the wood fuel supplies for the 20MW biomass CHP plant at UPM Shotton Paper and again in 2009 for the 26MW biomass CHP plant at UPM Caledonian paper mill at Irvine, Scotland. Steve is Programme Board member for the recent National Forest Inventory and in 2012 he became the Forest Industry Safety Accords inaugural Chairman, representing FISA from 2013 -2015. 

Andrew Troup (Development Director).  Andrew spent 19 years on the board of RPS, a FTSE250 planning & environmental consultancy. He has been involved in farming and environmental consultancy for 30 years and recently developed solar, hydro and wind renewable energy projects.

Thomas Ehrman (Project Manager, Speyside).  Tom has been a Project Manager at Estover Energy, leading the £74m Speyside CHP project through construction. He founded East African Piling, the first dedicated piling contractor in Uganda, and remains a significant shareholder. Prior to that he was a consultant engineer at Fichtner Consulting, working on a range of infrastructure projects including the construction and commissioning of the 14MWe biomass fired Western Wood Energy Plant in South Wales. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Ben Heathcoat Amory (Development Manager).  Ben is the Development Manager for Kent CHP as well as working on the woodfuel supply chains, and policy and regulatory requirements. 

Danny Finlay (Project Development).  Chartered Mechanical Engineer, worked for the CEGB in power stations. Danny transferred into direct sales with PowerGen (now Eon) at privatisation in 1990, as account manager, then Regional Manager North, finally UK National Sales Manager. He has worked in Renewable Energy since 2004 as Development Consultant for the Carbon Trusts then for Estover Energy, locating appropriate sites for new Biomass power plants.

Henry Hamilton Stubber (Project Development).  Henry has been Head of Legal at Estover Energy for 6 years, leading the commercial and financial contracting process for all project financings. Henry qualified as a corporate lawyer at Slaughter & May, and has an MA in Theology from Downing College, Cambridge.

Gillon Dobie (Project Development).  Gillon has been a Project Developer at Estover Energy for 5 years, focussing on planning consent and environmental permitting, and leading industrial co-location projects. Gillon has a farming background in the UK and Middle East, and holds a Masters in Geophysical Hazards from University College, London, and a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield.

Lixin Li (Principal Financial Analyst).  Lixin has over 25 years experience in the energy sector, working with a number of multinationals including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Alstom and National Power plc. Lixin has played various pivotal roles in IPP development, M&A, debt raising and restructuring. Prior to joining Estover, Lixin was the founding partner for Dalestone Energy LPP, a mid-market PE management specialist with €150m committed for the renewable sector.

John Dent (Project Manager, Cramlington). After gaining a BSc Hons in civil engineering, John spent over 20 years in the construction industry as project manager, across the UK, north Africa and Italy on a wide range of civil engineering and petrochemical projects. More latterly John has spent 15 years managing energy related projects, mainly in Scotland, including biomass renewable energy with Buccleuch Bioenergy and with his own development company working on gas CHP.