The team behind Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative is a group of individuals with complementary skills, all sharing the desire to look after the environment that we live in.

paul2 smallPaul Askew Paul is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the UK and European aerospace industry and has experienced the entire project lifecycle from concept to testing and operations. He has worked for British Aerospace, Ministry of Defence, NATS, the European Space Agency, CAA and is currently working for a specialist aviation consultancy. He is also studying for an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, an area where UK companies are emerging as global leaders.


George smallGeorge Belfield A lifelong Hampshire resident with a keen interest in renewable energy and sustainability. George’s day job is as an electrical engineer for a building energy management company. His role at HREC involves organising the corporate networking events, prospecting for new projects and doing general research. he has recently researched and written a  paper on renewable energy in Hampshire, highlighting progress against EU targets for 2020 for renewable heat, electricity and transport. 


tara bowersTara Bowers With a background in banking, Tara has been an entrepreneur in the organic food sector for the past 16 years. Her interests in sustainability and the environment and her involvement in local ‘green’ initiatives, have naturally led her to work in the renewables sector. Tara’s role in the team is to assist with marketing and fundraising.



Christoph Harwood Christoph is Commercial Director of Sustainable Marine Energy and partner/founder in Marksman Consulting. He lives in East Meon, near Petersfield and has always been interested in environmental issues. Sustainable Marine Energy is a tidal energy platform company based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It has developed, PLAT-O, a buoyant taut-moored platform that hosts SCHOTTEL turbines and sits 10-15m below the surface. Marksman Consulting is an environmental finance consultancy, set up in 2009 to help clients find the right financial solutions for environmental programmes.


martin smallMartin Heath Martin is an former partner at KPMG and led their move into the low carbon world. More recently Martin has set up a number of community energy co-operatives and is a Director of Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative. Martin holds an MSc in Environmental Strategy, an MBA and a BSc. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Graduate Member of the Energy Institute.



Robert M smallRobert Marcus Robert is an extremely experienced solicitor who has most recently been running his own law firm. Prior to that, Robert spent the largest portion of his 30 year career working as an in-house lawyer in IBM as well as part of a traditional City practice. Needless to say Robert handles all our legal contracts and negotiations.



andrew smallAndrew Thompson Andrew has worked in the financial services industry for over thirty years. In that time he has been a director of a number of insurance companies and has been involved directly in operational, regulatory and compliance matters. Additionally, he has 20 years experience in local government as a councillor which included a period as leader of Epping Forest District Council .Most recently he was a consultant at the Association of British Insurers involved with negotiating the terms of the recently published Mesothelioma Bill, intended to compensate asbestos victims. Chair of HREC from June 2015.


Tony smallTony Scrace Tony qualified as a accountant with Thornton Baker (now Grant Thornton) going on to manage the finances, as accountant / director of finance, for companies in the automotive and computer sectors before joining TSB where he took a variety of roles including financial controller of the life and pensions division. More recently he has held various project management and subject matter expert roles implementing the Capital Requirements Directives at a number of UK banks.



3 thoughts on “The Team

  1. Where do you stand regarding fracking?

    I generally support wind farms as non environmentally destructive and a lot less dangerous and damaging than fracking, open cast coal mining, nuclear energy etc

  2. Hello I am Simon Baker, Area Manager for Vaillant in Hampshire area. Very interested in your ideas & plans for the future. Vaillant is due to open a new “Centre of Excellence” training centre in Farnborough in Jan 2014 & I wonder whether any of your team would like to attend the luanch party?

  3. Backyards are emotive and precious places and residents need to be better informed about the choices they are asked to make on subjects about which they often know very little.
    Recently, I was invited to meet a delegation from China that were researching green city initatives by visiting global schemes.
    The experience helped me to understand how important it is to actually see something first hand and to speak with people who have first hand experience; as walking in their shoes for a while helps to provide a depth of understanding that often overcomes the fear of the unknown.

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