Our Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the Group’s strategies for growth and monitoring the performance of these. The Board specifically focus on business development, growing shareholder value, corporate governance and strategy. It comprises two Executive Directors, responsible for the leadership of the Board, and three Non-Executive Directors, all of whom bring a broad and varied range of commercial experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark joined the Board during 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and became CEO in October 2017. Mark is an energy consultancy specialist with over 25 years’ experience of developing and advising companies in the sector. Mark was CEO of M&C Energy Group, where he led the buy and build strategy, completing four acquisitions before selling the company to Schneider Electric in 2013.
He brings significant industry knowledge coupled with experience in executing acquisitions and has a Master’s in Finance from the London Business School, where he was voted Accomplished Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.
Chief Financial OfficerPaul was appointed Finance Director in December 2014, having joined the company as Head of Finance in September 2013. Paul has been responsible for facilitating and delivering the acquisitions of 17 businesses. Paul qualified as a chartered accountant in 2009.
Mike is a successful investor, business leader and entrepreneur with more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, advising public companies, private equity houses and entrepreneurs.
He is a Managing Partner at Arete Capital Partners, a multi-family office investing transformational private capital into entrepreneurial companies, which he co-founded in 2020. Prior to that, he was Group CEO at Praetura Group, a business specialising in the provision of equity venture investment, corporate advisory and asset-backed debt finance, which he co-founded in 2011, before stepping down to non-executive director in 2020.
Mike was also formerly a Managing Director of investment bank GCA Altium (2000-2010) and is a chartered accountant, having completed his training with PwC in 1999. He is also FCA approved.
Richard is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience of working in industry.
Having qualified with Ernst & Young in 1984, he has held senior roles with Ben Line Group, a shipping and oil company, and Kingston SCL Limited, a provider of mobile phone billing software, where he was involved in a private equity-backed management buyout and subsequent trade sale. Richard was Finance Director of cloud computing company iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM) from 2006 until his retirement in December 2018.
Richard holds a BA in Accountancy from the University of Stirling and in 2013 was Smaller Quoted FD of the Year at the FD Excellence Awards.
Sarah is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and technology strategy consultant, who brings a wealth of energy industry experience having most recently held the position of CIO at EDF Energy where her responsibilities included defining and delivery of a new technology transformation strategy. Prior to this, Sarah was CIO at the National Trust, where she was named European Chief Information Officer of the Year in 2016 for the successful delivery of a major digital transformation and organisational change programme.
Sarah is currently Chair of Riverford Organics Ltd and Sawday’s Ltd, a Non-Executive Director at the Institute of Physics Publishing, a Trustee at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Alongside her non-executive roles Sarah is also a consultant Board advisor on strategy, leadership and technology.