Ludlow Hydro Co-op has been set up by people who think the local hydropower resource should be used to benefit the people of the local area.
Director: Richard Bickerton
Richard is a chartered civil engineer and certified project manager (via the Project Management Institute). In a varied career he has worked on contracts in site project management and CAD/CAM designer roles, with some specialization in timber frame restoration and reinforced earth engineering. During this time he has worked for various local, national and international companies at senior management and directorial levels. Since 1998 he has worked for a major IT services outsourcing business, project managing due diligence on global outsourcing deals. Since retiring from this role he has concentrated on his photography, golf and his position as a trustee of the Shropshire Music Trust.
Director: Tony Cant
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Tony began his career in industry, initially on the finance side, and soon after in general management, rising to main board directorships of public limited companies in the garment manufacturing industry. He has since undertaken trouble shooting assignments in Hong Kong and the UK on behalf of retail banks, and The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as country co-ordinator for Russia and Poland. He has also undertaken project work in several other European countries. He was a member of the West Midlands Industrial Development Board, a former committee member of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Development Trust and a mentor of the Princes Trust.
Director: Clare Greener
Originally from Northumberland, Clare has lived in South Shropshire for 25 years. Clare studied Agriculture with Food Marketing at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University and came to Shropshire to work within the agricultural sector starting with the Potato Marketing Board. Following the reorganisation of the Potato Board, Clare went on to work for Harper Adams Agricultural College where she delivered a research programme which led to development of the college’s short course provision. Following the successful completion of this research, Clare then diverted her energies to agricultural and rural policy development working for a number of different public sector agencies, including the Rural Development Commission, prior to joining the National Farmers’ Union in 2008.
Clare is a 2010 Nuffield Scholar; she is a professional member of the Institute of Agricultural Management having completed their Leadership Development Course in 2012 and has was recently awarded a distinction for a Master’s Degree in Rural Estate and Land Management. Clare spends a great deal of her professional energies working with NFU members on their renewable energy projects and has personally invested in domestic solar PV and solar thermal installations.
Director: Angus Marshall
Angus has had a varied career initially as an Army officer specialising in logistics followed by Royal Mail where he worked as a senior manager in project management and buildings maintenance. Since leaving Royal Mail Angus has specialised in the management of residential and commercial property. He lives in Ludford Mill along with his wife and two daughters and is keen to further develop hydro power opportunities. Angus is also a trustee of Shrewsbury Homes for all, a housing charity and is a Magistrate
Director: Jeff Rooker
Jeff is a Chartered Engineer and Working Peer. He has spent over 40 years in public life including being a Government Minister from 1997-2008. Jeff has been a resident of Ludlow since 2007.
Director: Anthony Shuster
For 40 years Anthony has run AGS Chemicals Ltd, his own international trading company specialising in industrial raw materials and supply chain management. They source materials throughout the world and so for many years he travelled extensively in the Far East, Australasia and the US. Along side this business he was the General Manager of Amcor Raw Materials (Europe) Plc, a subsidiary of Amcor, the listed Australian based multinational packaging group. They supported the chemical needs of Amcor’s 20 European factories and as they sourced much out of the Far East, he was also the GM of their Hong Kong trading office. He now continues to run AGS and consults for a similar company in Finland.
Company Secretary: Jon Halle
Jon is a founder Director of Sharenergy and lives and works in Shrewsbury. A lifelong environmentalist and former CTO of an internet startup, he has worked setting up renewable energy co-operatives for the last 10 years, notably with Goldenfuels in Oxfordshire and Energy4All in the West Midlands, before co-founding Sharenergy in 2011. He is also Company Secretary of Neen Sollars Commmunity Hydro/ Jon has been involved in LHC from the beginning. He provides co-operatives expertise to the project.
The Co-op has been developed in partnership with Sharenergy. Sharenergy is a co-operative which helps to set up renewable energy co-operatives. It is a spin-off from Energy4All which has established larger wind co-operatives across the UK and itself owes its origin to Baywind, the UK’s first renewable energy co-operative founded in 1997.