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Renewables People

Who are the team behind the success of knoydart renewables 

Knoydart Renewables current Board of Directors and Employees of the Company

Tom Dalziel

Director and Chair

Tom has lived on Knoydart since 2020.  After degrees from the Universities of Strathclyde and Nottingham, he spent his working life in the electricity supply industry, first with the Central Electricity Generating Board, then with Powergen, E.ON and Uniper, holding various managerial positions mostly with an environmental or sustainability flavour.  These included Deputy General Manager, Performance & Environment, at the Paguthan dual-fuel Combined Cycle Power Plant in Gujarat, India, while with Powergen and Department Head of Sustainable Energy (Environmental Modelling, Clean Fossil Technologies, Renewables) in E.ON’s Technology consultancy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Environmentalist.  He works as a Full membership assessor for IEMA and a competition entry assessor for Innovate UK.  Tom became a director of Knoydart Renewables in 2022 and was appointed interim Chair in September 2023.  He is also a director of Knoydart Forest Trust and Vice-Chair of South Knoydart Community Council.

Grant Holroyd

Grant Holroyd

Director

Knoydart has been Grant’s home since 1994 when he arrived to take up the job of Estate Forester, his daughters were born on Knoydart and now make their living here.  Grant was involved in the Community Association and the Knoydart Foundation in the lead up to the community buyout in 1999 and is a founder member and now Forester of the Knoydart Forest Trust.  He is a former director and chair of Knoydart Foundation.  Grant has been a director of Knoydart Renewables for fourteen years. These and his prior role as a forestry contractor have given Grant a breadth of experience in strategic planning and project development, management and delivery, and a considerable knowledge and understanding of Knoydart.

Steve Brook

Steve Brook

Director

Steve is a former Chair of the Board of Knoydart Renewables, who moved to Knoydart with his family from West Yorkshire in 2001 after falling in love with the peninsula while visiting during the community buyout days. He graduated in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences and gave this up shortly afterwards to found his own business as a building contractor focusing on environmentally conscious projects prior to moving to Knoydart. Since coming here, he has led or worked on a variety of building projects on the peninsula and joined the Renewables Board in 2006, taking over as Chair a short time later, a role which he continued for over a decade. As Chair he oversaw many important changes aimed at modernising the network, including engineering works to improve the output of the turbine and to refurbish and reface the dam. Since stepping down as Chair, Steve continues as an interested and active Member of the Board. In his younger days Steve was a keen climber and mountaineer and teacher of outdoor pursuits.

John Cocker

John Cocker

Director

John has been a resident of Knoydart since 2019 and a big fan of green energy.  He’s always had a fascination with hydroelectric power and enjoys volunteering his skills to assist the rest of the KRL team in making sure we keep the lights on in the village.  John’s background is in electrical & electronic engineering and prior to relocating, he ran a small business specialising in industrial lasers. 

Galen Brook

Galen Brook

Director

Galen is an electrical and electronic engineer with a focus on the technical aspects of renewable power provision and has been on the board of Knoydart Renewables since 2020. He spent his formative years on Knoydart after moving with his family at the age of 6 before heading off to Glasgow to pursue his studies at the University of Strathclyde in 2016, which included a year at the University of Toronto. Since graduating from his Masters with distinction in 2021, he has been working for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as a research and development engineer designing computer control systems for power converters in some of the largest offshore wind turbines in the world. Outwith his professional and academic interests, he is an accomplished musician and, despite no longer being based on Knoydart, he maintains a deep connection with the community and a profound interest, commitment to and involvement in its sustainability and future development.

Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris

Director

Steph joined KRL as a director in 2022, having also volunteered on the board briefly a few years ago.  Steph grew up on Knoydart, and after high school moved to Glasgow where she gained an honours degree in sound engineering and completed an arts management apprenticeship.

Since returning to Knoydart a few years ago, Steph has been heavily involved in volunteering for the community, including as a director for the Community Hall, Chair of the Community Council and Secretary for the community-owned pub The Old Forge.  Steph currently splits her time between working at neighbouring Kilchoan Estate and as Business Development Manager for The Old Forge.

And working for Knoydart Renewables

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Operations Manager

Energy Mutual provides Operations & Management services to Knoydart Renewables by supporting the volunteer board and operations team with commercial and technical guidance while ensuring essential projects are completed.  Energy Mutual works with a variety of clients operating distributed energy assets by providing both innovative software solutions and management services (www.energymutual.com).

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Renewables Maintenance Manager

Jim is a key member of staff with Knoydart Renewables and has helped to look after the system since the start of community ownership.  He plans and undertakes maintenance of the scheme, working alongside the rest of the team.  Jim is a long-time resident of Knoydart and is also Land Manager for the Foundation.

Willie Dowlen

Willie Dowlen

Maintenance Assistant

Willie is often seen assisting Jim or any others who are performing maintenance on our hydro scheme.  Always willing to get his hands dirty Willie is another vital part of the community who keeps the lights on.

Will O'Neill

Maintenance Assistant and Meter Reader

As well as assisting Jim and Willie with maintenance, Will is our friendly meter reader who gets out to everyone’s homes every quarter to read the meters.  Will has lived on Knoydart for 11 years, has been a member of the Renewables team since 2014, being involved in the development of the hydro scheme over the last few years.  He lives in Inverie House and is now the manager of the Old Forge pub. 

Corinna Calder

Office Manager, Knoydart Foundation

Corinna runs the Knoydart Foundation office with the help of a finance assistant and is responsible for ensuring KRL’s day-to-day finances are managed and customers are well looked after.  KRL wouldn’t be able to operate without the Foundation office support.

General enquiries: operations@knoydart.org

Tour enquiries: ranger@knoydart.org

Accommodation enquiries: stay@knoydart.org

Shop enquiries: shop@knoydart.org

 

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