People

OEP People

The company has a management team with senior-level experience of the energy, renewables and government sectors.

Barry GambleBarry Gamble, Chairman. Barry is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was formerly Chairman of fountains plc, an environmental services company with operations in the UK and the U.S. He recently chaired the Non-Executive Directors Association roundtable review of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance for submission to the Financial Reporting Council. 

Barry is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Fisher German LLP, Deputy Chairman of NPTC and is an adviser to Spacercompanies in the cleantech sector. He was previously an adviser to the Anglo Australian Fund of Funds, Stafford Timberland. Barry brings considerable experience of company growth and expansion in the cleantech and environmental sectors.

Chris Bale, Chief Executive. Chris qualified as an engineer and spent his early career in manufacturing management with Jaguar Cars. He moved to the Central Electricity Generating Board (and thus Powergen) during privatisation. He undertook a number of senior roles in Finance, Power Station Management, Electricity Trading and was responsible for Operations and Customer Service at East Midlands Electricity Distribution following its acquisition by Powergen.

In 2001 he joined Scottish Power as Director of Operations in the Generation Business where he had responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company's UK power stations, including its wind farm portfolio, pumped storage, hydro-electric and CHP sites. He subsequently joined the Environment Agency as Executive Director, Performance and Innovation  before founding Ocean Electric Power to develop marine renewable energy projects. He has an MBA and has attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. He is a Fellow of the RSA.

Colin Cornish, Development Director Scotland. Colin was formerly Head of Project Development at the South West Regional Development Agency and has been closely involved with one of the leading wave energy projects, Wave Hub. In addition to leading on the development of the Pentland opportunity, he is involved in providing consultancy services relating to marine energy with the private company, Marine Energy Matters.

Laurence Sandman, Advisor. Laurence has held a number of engineering and safety roles in the CEGB and its successors; Powergen and EON. He was involved in defining the industry-wide safety rules for wind turbines.