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.

Executive Management

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
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • 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.

Tim Cowhig, Chief Executive Officer , Element Power Ireland
  • Director
  • EP Group

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.

Business Unit & Functional Leaders

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

Kevin O'Donovan, Chief Development Officer, Element Power Ireland
  • Head of Power Projects
  • 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.

Peter Harte, Chief Technology Officer, Element Power
  • Engineering Director
  • 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.

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.

Alan Edwards, Element Power
  • Asset Management
  • 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.

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.

Alan Goggin, Finance Director at Element Power
  • Finance Director
  • Cork, Ireland

Alan has had over 13 years experience in Finance including 6 years in renewables sector.

Prior to joining Element Power in 2012, Alan trained as a chartered accountant with Mazars and was previously Head of Finance at Food Partners.
 

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.

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. Read more >>