With offices in London and Edinburgh, the Estover team of 20 comprises experts in planning and development, design, engineering, contracting, financing and managing projects.


Strone Macpherson (Chairman).  Strone is Chairman of Close Brothers Group plc, British Empire Securities and General Trust plc, and is Treasurer and a Trustee of the King’s Fund. Strone has extensive experience of growing businesses, having been part of the core team which built Misys plc into a major international 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. He also holds three Non-Exec Directorships in the solar power industry.

Henry Warde (Founder, Finance 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.


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 recently the Managing Director of UPM Tilhill, the UK's largest private forestry management and timber harvesting company. He has worked in the forest industry since 1985 primarily in the harvesting 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. Programme Board member for the National Forest Inventory, he is currently the Chairman of the Forest Industry Safety Accord. 

Andrew Troup (Development Director).  Andrew spent 19 years on the board of 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 joined Estover in January 2014.  After a degree in Mechanical Engineering Tom spent 2 years onsite throughout construction and commissioning of the 14MWe biomass fired Western Wood Energy Plant in South Wales.  He has subsequently built highway bridges in Central Africa and co-founded Uganda's first dedicated piling company.

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 joined Estover in mid-2012 to provide internal legal support to the contracting and planning teams. Henry was previously working for Slaughter & May in London.

Gillon Dobie (Project Development).  Joining Estover in 2011, Gillon is responsible for planning, environmental permitting and site due diligence as well as management of future project development.  Gillon has a Masters from UCL and a degree in Environmental Science. He previously worked at the Institution of Environmental Science. 

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.