Our Team

We are focused on precise execution; delivering on our promises and consistently being the partner of choice. Over the years our team and culture have always embodied this ethos. It is for this reason that we consider our team as the key asset and differentiator. It is our team which sets us apart from competitors, enabling a constantly evolving and innovative approach to renewables development.

Our 65 professionals led by senior executives with over 180 years experience in the renewable and broader energy sector has collectively developed over 50 GW in their careers. We leverage this experience still further with our efficient and cost-effective matrix structure that enables head office-based functional experts to support experienced local development teams across all of our active markets, ensuring our high-standards are always met.

Element Power's own in-house capabilities are further bolstered by long-term contracts with trusted experts in their fields, allowing Element Power to cover every aspect of renewables development, finance structuring and ultimately power generation.

Michael Reynolds 1948-2018 Former Non-Executive Chairman  Mike was Non-Executive Chairman of Element Power from 2013 until his tragic and untimely death in March 2017. During his time at Element Power he helped steer the Group though significant changes aMichael Reynolds 1948-2017
Former Non-Executive Chairman

Mike was Non-Executive Chairman of Element Power from 2013 until his tragic and untimely death in March 2017. During his time at Element Power he helped steer the Group though significant changes and challenges, and was a much respected and admired adviser, mentor and friend to the Executive and wider team. He will be hugely missed by his colleagues both personally and professionally.
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Group: Executive

Our executive management each have successful track records of building renewable energy companies and bringing high-quality projects to the market. They bring a wealth of experience to the table, with close on 100 years collectively spent in the renewable and wider energy sectors.

Mike ONeil - CEO Element Power - Renewable Energy Developers
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • London, UK
Mike O'Neill is a founding member of Element Power and has over 20 years experience in the renewable energy sector, specifically with Renewable Energy Systems (RES). A chartered accountant by training, he transitioned from Group Finance Director to Commercial Director of RES where his ambit comprised all activities outside of North America. As a key management figure Mike sat on both the North American and RES Group Boards, helping to steer the company from a small UK developer to a leading international developer and IPP, with over 4000 MW’s developed and built in numerous countries. Mike gained his ACA training qualification with Spicer & Oppenheim after completing an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Brighton, UK.
Nick Hexter - Group Financial Director, Element Power - Renewable Energy Developers, London, UK
  • Group Financial Director
  • London, UK

Nick Hexter joined the Element Power Board in May 2014 and took up the role of Group CFO during July 2014. Nick is a finance professional with 28 years of experience in banking, financial consultancy and various dedicated roles within the Natural Resource sector. Nick has undertaken a range of activities working with mid to large multi-national clients covering M&A, recapitalisations, restructuring, MBOs and many other corporate transactions. He served as the Head of Global Wealth Solutions and Structured Investor Solutions at RBS until June 2007. Since then, Nick has worked with a U.S. based Natural Resource entrepreneur as Chief Investment Officer and acted as CFO to a PE sponsored business focussed on electricity generation for the UK reserve market.

Group: Functional Leads

Our functional teams provide regional development units with support across a range of traditional and sector-specific Head Office services. These functions are led by a series of experienced and talented individuals who are specialists in their field.

Alistair Metcalfe, Element Power, Renewable Energy Developers, London
  • General Counsel
  • London, UK

Prior to joining Element Power, Alistair spent five years working at The Addax and Oryx Group with a particular focus on its renewable energy division, Addax Bioenergy.  During his time at Addax Bioenergy, Alistair worked on all legal aspects of project development providing a range of corporate, commercial, financial, energy, construction and general in-house legal advice.  He has a BA in history from Durham University and was admitted to the roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2007.  He began his career in private practice at Allen & Overy LLP with a focus on corporate law.

Sean Maguire - Commercial Manager, Element Power
  • Commercial Director
  • London, UK

Prior to joining Element Power, Sean was a Senior Corporate Finance Executive with Airtricity (subsequently SSE Renewables). During his time at Airtricity, Sean was focused on M&A and financing in the UK, Ireland, China and across mainland Europe in both the onshore and offshore wind sectors. Sean qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the Business Advisory Services practice in KPMG Dublin. Sean holds an Economics Degree from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Adam Schwarz - Business Development Manager , Element Power
  • Technical Manager
  • London, UK

Adam joined Element Power in 2010 and has 13 years' experience encompassing technical consulting and business development in the renewables sector. An engineer by training, Adam commenced his career in renewables at Garrad Hassan & Partners where he spent nine years delivering technical services focused on wind resource and energy yield assessment and technical due diligence. As a Principal Engineer at GH Adam lead a staff of thirty in markets across Europe and North America. Prior to joining Element Adam was Technical Director for a start-up offshore wind developer in Norway where he developed the business and technical strategy focused on next-generation deep-water projects. Adam has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT, Melbourne and an MBA from HEC, Paris.

Guy Nicholson - Grid Manager, Element Power - Renewable Energy Developers
  • Grid Manager
  • London, UK

Guy is an electrical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in renewable energy. He founded Econnect in 1995 providing consulting services in grid connection and integration of renewables, the company provided advice to around 50% of UK wind projects, developed operations in Australia and Ireland, entering the contracting and smart grid sectors before being taken over by Senergy in 2008. He was seconded part time as Head of Grid at RenewableUK for 3 years before joining Element Power in 2013. Guy has been a consistent vocal advocate for renewables within the electricity industry, he has served on the GB Grid Code Panel since its inception and on other industry bodies. He is a Chartered Engineer, MEI, MIET, with an BSc in Engineering from the University of Newcastle on Tyne.

Jeff Odwyer - Financial Controller, Element Power, Renewable Energy Developers
  • Financial Controller
  • London, UK

Jeff joined Element Power in April 2014, prior to that spent further 7 years working in power development focused mainly in Gas generation projects in Europe and North America. Jeff qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.

Leana Dos Santos, Systems and Communications, Element Power
  • Corporate Affairs & Comms
  • London, UK

Leana oversees the group communications & PR function as well as providing strategic direction and design, operational management and implementation of Element's IT infrastructure and related information systems. She has over 13 years of corporate experience, previously with Discovery Holdings and MMI Holdings, two of South Africa's leading listed financial services organisations. Leana holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Pretoria.

Alan Edwards, Element Power
  • Asset Operations Manager
  • Cork, Ireland

Alan has +10 yrs experience in the construction and operation of windfarms. Prior to joining Element Power, he was responsible for managing over 530MW of wind assets, including  more than 250 wind turbines and 24 windfarms for SWS, Bord Gais Energy, and Brookfield Renewables. He is Chairman of the IWEA Operations sub committee.

Region: Ireland

Established in 2010, the Irish business has gone from strength to strength under the helm of a vastly experienced and knowledgeable senior management team.

Tim Cowhig, Chief Executive Officer , Element Power Ireland
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Cork, Ireland

As chartered accountant with over 20 years commercial experience, Tim was instrumental in setting up SWS Energy where, as CEO and Executive Director, he oversaw nearly 200MW of operational wind and 400MW of development projects ahead of its sale to Bord Gais in December 2009. Tim has long been a champion of the Irish renewable energy sector; including as Chairman of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) from 2002 to 2009 and currently as a director of the association. Through ongoing involvement he has led the development of wind energy among Irish policy makers, regulators and financial institutions. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College, Cork. He is a member of Institute of Directors and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Peter Harte, Chief Technology Officer, Element Power
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Cork, Ireland

Peter has ultimate responsibility for the cost modelling of technology options both for Irish projects as well as for the identification of opportunities for system (ancillary) services in Ireland.

Prior to Element Power, Peter was responsible for all SWS Energy activities required to secure, permit and construct the grid connections for the 200MW of operational and 400MW of development projects. While at SWS he also set up their supply business, enabling wind farms to trade directly in the Irish electricity market for the first time. Peter sits on the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) Council, is a director of IWEA and chairs the IWEA Markets Committee.

Peter holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick, and worked at Accenture building IT systems after graduating.

Kevin O'Donovan, Chief Development Officer, Element Power Ireland
  • Chief Development Officer
  • Cork, Ireland

Kevin was previously entrusted with all business development and project delivery at SWS Energy. Initially focusing on the development of sites including site selection, design and permitting, Kevin was also responsible for the acquisition of wind projects including due diligence and commercial arrangements. In the years prior to the sale of SWS in 2009, he managed a team of project managers who built 200MW across 10 wind farms, as well as managing the wind resource assessment team. Kevin has also worked with Fehily Timoney as a consultant specializing in wind.

Kevin earned a B.Eng in Civil Engineering at the University College Cork and an M.Eng.Sc in Renewable Energy at University College Cork.

Dermot Byrne, Element Power
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Ireland

Dermot Byrne was appointed non-executive Director of Element Power Ireland in October 2013 and brings with him a wealth of relevant experience to Element Power’s Irish activity. Dermot retired as Chief Executive of EirGrid – the Transmission System Operator for Ireland – in September 2013.  He left having developed EirGrid into a group structure with responsibilities in Northern Ireland and Ireland, comprising EirGrid TSO, System Operator Northern Ireland (SONI Ltd.), and the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).  His tenure also saw the successful completion of the €600m East West Interconnector, the development and implementation of the Grid25 strategy, and the establishment of EirGrid as a world leader in the integration of wind power into the power system.

Region: Poland

The Polish team, all former colleagues, know each other's capabilities and talents inside out and use this to maximise project progress throughout the development cycle.

  • Senior Designer & Constructor
  • Warsaw, Poland

Dobromiła Kalata has over 8 years of experience in the wind power market; before joining Element Power, she had been a Senior Designer at Iberdrola Renewables Polska and also previously held the position of Site Manager at GASTEL. Dobromiła Kalata participated in the development and delivery of projects with a total capacity of 160MW.

Region: Great Britain

In the UK, our in-house capabilities are bolstered by long-term contracts with trusted experts in their fields, allowing us to cover every aspect of renewables development, finance structuring and ultimately power generation and transmission.

Charlotte Healey - Element Power - Renewable Energy Developers
  • Project Director
  • London, UK

Charlotte has been working in the renewable energy sector for over 8 years, focusing primarily on large scale wind energy developments ranging from the 5 MW to >50 MW scale.

Charlotte joined Element power in April 2012, having formerly worked as Principal Developer for a leading UK utility RWE Npower Renewables. She has worked on over 500MW of wind projects, including a 82MW scheme in Cyprus and 60MW scheme in Poland. Prior to RWE Npower Renewables she worked for Your Energy as a Development Manager were she was responsible for three wind farm projects totalling 78MW all of which were consented. At Element Power she is responsible for providing development support and management to teams in Finland and Scotland. Charlotte has an environmental background with an MSc in Environmental Management.

Region: Finland

Our Finnish market presence is managed from Helsinki, where our office is located a short walk away from our local joint venture partners enabling invaluable face-to-face collaboration on projects and business matters.

Charlotte Healey - Element Power - Renewable Energy Developers
  • Project Director
  • London, UK

Charlotte has been working in the renewable energy sector for over 8 years, focusing primarily on large scale wind energy developments ranging from the 5 MW to >50 MW scale.

Charlotte joined Element power in April 2012, having formerly worked as Principal Developer for a leading UK utility RWE Npower Renewables. She has worked on over 500MW of wind projects, including a 82MW scheme in Cyprus and 60MW scheme in Poland. Prior to RWE Npower Renewables she worked for Your Energy as a Development Manager were she was responsible for three wind farm projects totalling 78MW all of which were consented. At Element Power she is responsible for providing development support and management to teams in Finland and Scotland. Charlotte has an environmental background with an MSc in Environmental Management.

Eeva-Maria Hatva, Project Manager, Element Power Finland
  • Project Manager
  • Helsinki, Finland

Eeva-Maria joined Element Power Finland in 2014 and she has 15 years experience on infrastructure, energy and environmental projects. Previously Eeva-Maria worked for consultant company Ramboll as environmental expert and project manager.  

Regional: Sweden
Adam Schwarz - Business Development Manager , Element Power
  • Technical Manager
  • London, UK

Adam joined Element Power in 2010 and has 13 years' experience encompassing technical consulting and business development in the renewables sector. An engineer by training, Adam commenced his career in renewables at Garrad Hassan & Partners where he spent nine years delivering technical services focused on wind resource and energy yield assessment and technical due diligence. As a Principal Engineer at GH Adam lead a staff of thirty in markets across Europe and North America. Prior to joining Element Adam was Technical Director for a start-up offshore wind developer in Norway where he developed the business and technical strategy focused on next-generation deep-water projects. Adam has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT, Melbourne and an MBA from HEC, Paris.

Regional: S Europe - LATAM
  • Managing Director
  • SE-LATAM

Fernando has led on the development of over 1,000MW of onshore wind and solar PV for Element Power across Panama, Spain, Poland and more recently Chile, as well as assisting on numerous M&A transactions across the group. He has +13 years experience in the renewables sector, during this time developing assets from greenfield through to commercial operation.  Formerly with Iberdrola Renovables as Head of Development in the Castilla y Leon region, Spain, Fernando holds a Masters in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics and Energy, EQF-7 from the Universidad Politécnica, Madrid.

  • General Manager
  • Chile

Marco Antonio has 10 years experience in renewables, having participated in the development of more than 1,000 MW of projects in different technologies throughout Chile. In addition, he has also focused on energy logistics and energy trading. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Concepcion.