Clarke V. Simmons BSc MSc – Founder & Managing Director
With over 30-years of relevant experience, Clarke is a veteran leader with the demonstrated ability to assemble, grow and lead high-performance teams. He successfully started, built and sold two data-driven information service companies in the USA. US Government service including White House research analyst. Scientific internships at three US government laboratories including NREL that involved instrumentation and data gathering. Previous executive director of two UK renewable energy companies. Prior employment also includes: BP Petrochemicals Strategic Technology Venture Manager; Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Program Manager; and Commercial Director of PelaStar – an offshore wind technology company. Education: BSc Information Systems, Carnegie-Mellon University 1986; Sloan MSc in Management, London Business School 2004; Venture Capital Institute 2004; and the Electricity Markets Program at London Business School 2006. CIGRE member. American, married, offshore sailor, patent holder in laser physics.
2007 Business Strategy Review article Falling Off the Apple Cart (Apple)
2009 Business Strategy Review article The Sloan Legacy (GM)
2019 Energy Systems Catapult interview for SME Stories
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Chris Gentile BSc MSc — Head of Hardware R&D
A US Air Force Test Pilot with degrees in aeronautical, astronautical, and flight test engineering, Chris Gentile brings a broad range of technical, programme management, manufacturing, and practical experience to the Neuville team. He has lead development, test, and integration projects on the F-22 stealth fighter and MQ-9 drones as well as multiple cybersecurity programs and a secondment with DARPA. A Command Pilot with over two-thousand flight hours in F-16C, F-15E and F-22 high-performance aircraft, Chris is driven to improve the interface between humans and the tools we interact with. An expert in measurement and testing, he has experience leading organizations both large and small. Education: BSc Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy 2000; MSc Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University 2008; MSc Flight Test Engineering, USAF Test Pilot School 2011. American, married (Amy) with son (Bailey). Also active in sailplane flying, triathlons, and fabrication/electronics.
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Matthew Hanley BEng MEngSc MSc — Head of Network Deployment and Operations
Matthew has over 20 years of leadership, management and technical programme delivery experience in the energy, aviation, and military sectors. Prior to graduating from an Executive Masters programme at London Business School in late 2019, Matt worked for Australia’s Origin Energy where he led a £$110m/yr gas field development and infrastructure programme. At Virgin Australia Airlines he managed an entire aircraft fleet transitional refit programme. Matt also had a successful early career as an engineering and armament officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. In short, Matt brings a wealth of practical experience and a track record of building diverse teams that successfully deliver industrial projects. Education: BEng Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, 1997; MEngSc in Aerospace Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2010; Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy, London Business School, 2019. Australian, husband and dad, keen golfer.
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Steve Mahon PhD – Non-Executive Director
Steve is an experienced investment professional and business entrepreneur with a long career in managing and investing in the environmental sector. He has invested and managed both equity and debt in infrastructure investments across renewable energy, waste, agriculture and real estate and has a deep experience in infrastructure technologies and growth businesses. He is the co-founder and CEO of Armstrong Capital, a leading asset manager in the impact sector with investments across renewable energy, agriculture, battery storage and recycling. British, he has a first-class degree and PhD in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from Newcastle University.
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Michael A. Fedosiuk MSc IEng MIET – Senior Advisor
Over 40-years of power industry experience. Engineering roles with National Power, International Power, GdF Suez and Engie. Considerable operational experience across Great Britain, Malaysia, Portugal, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, UAE, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Strong technical capability on an extensive range of different power plant, renewable and T&D technologies. Proven experience managing large power generation facilities – both greenfield development and acquisition projects. Senior roles include: General Manager of Karaganda Distribution Company in Kazakhstan with 980 staff reporting; Plant Manager/President Director of the 2.1 GW Paiton Power Plant in Indonesia with 420 staff; and most recently Senior Manager T&D, Centralised Generation Group, Engie. Strong cross-cultural interpersonal, team building and communication skills. Education: Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) Training Program; HNC in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with endorsements in Computer Engineering, Digital Techniques, and Control & Computing; MSc Advanced Engineering, Loughborough University 2006. British, married.
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Kevin Fouche BSc MBA — Guru of Big Data Services
Former Manager of Global Customer Data at Verizon Communications for the Wireline B2B segments. Managing a team of 25 people, led Verizon’s customer data management and integration strategies to enable data warehousing, master data management, business intelligence, analytic applications, and process transformation initiatives. Started career with GTE Data Services spending 10-years leading onshore and offshore software development teams creating enterprise sales and revenue tools. At GTE he also successfully led large-scale system integration project teams creating business efficiencies; driving system architecture strategies throughout several mergers/ divestitures. With 9-years of IT leadership experience and 9-years in various business units, Kevin’s business acumen and deep technical expertise combine to offer a unique perspective on Big Data initiatives. Education: BSc Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Florida 1996; MBA University of Florida 2002. American, married, two great kids, avid sailor, elected Commodore & President of Tampa’s Davis Island Yacht Club, a non-profit with 550 members and $10m of assets.
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Sir Geoffrey Chipperfield K.C.B. — Advisory Board Member
An Oxford graduate in law, Sir Geoffrey brings a lifetime of experience in the UK energy sector and related Government policy. Highpoints of his Government service include Permanent Secretary, UK Department of Energy and Chairman of Governors, International Energy Agency. Post-government service, he served as a director of several utilities and industrial groups. Born 1932, Cardiff. Educated Canada, Cranleigh, New College, Oxford. 1957, called to bar. 1959 joined civil service; various departments – Attorney General’s Office; Land and Natural Resources; UK Department of Environment. Permanent Secretary UK Department of Energy 1989-91; Chairman of Governors, International Energy Agency, 1989-91; Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive PSA 1991-93. Chairman, UK-Continental Gas Interconnector sponsors, 1991-3; Chairman DTI Energy Advisory Panel 1993 -1999; Non-Executive Director and deputy Chairman, Pennon Group PLC 1995 – 2005; Chairman, British Cement Association 1997 -2001; Chairman of Governors, Plumstead Manor Secondary School 1992-5; Pro-Chancellor, University of Kent 1999-2006; Chairman Heliodynamics Ltd 2001 -2007; Council Member, Foundation of Science and Technology.
Robert Brown MEng — Research Associate
A Smart Grids researcher, Robert is investigating distribution transformer efficiency as part of his PhD studies at London South Bank University. His experimental work includes solar photovoltaic power inverters and the application of micro-synchrophasors (µPMU) to transformer condition monitoring. Robert received his MEng (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics from London South Bank University in 2017. Previously he worked as an electrician in the renewables, controls and maintenance sectors after receiving City and Guilds qualifications in 2007. CIGRE member. He has been published in the areas of Energy Disaggregation, Power Electronics, and Applications of Ultra-Wideband Radar.
2017-06 IEEE paper Experimental Validation of a Thirteen Level H-Bridge Photovoltaic Inverter Configuration – Loukriz, Dudley, Brown, Quinian & Walker (LSBU & Univ of Essex)
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