- PPA Energy commenced the final 3rd stage of the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) Distribution Network Visibility project - 21st May 2013
- PPA Energy successfully presented at the Third Meeting of Consultative Committees of ERERA - 14th May 2013
- PPA Energy jointly responsible for regulatory studies for ERERA across the West African region - 27th February 2013
- Jamaica Electricity Wheeling Radio Interview - 21st December 2012
The strength of any consultancy business lies in its personnel
The key professional staff of PPA Energy are experts in the energy field, and they all have between fifteen and thirty years of experience. Their technical and economic analytical skills are complemented by their extensive experience within the international energy sector. PPA Energy staff have worked on energy projects in over 90 countries around the world, including all the major regions. Their international experience covers projects financed by a wide range of private and public clients, including virtually all the leading international development agencies. Brief bio-data, key qualifications and experience of our senior staff are presented below.
Neil Pinto - Chief Executive Officer
Neil Pinto is the CEO of PPA Energy. He has more than 30 years international experience of work in the power sector, of which 18 years has been spent as a Director in a consultancy company. He is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Neil has focused on studies associated with the restructuring of power utilities, regulatory reviews, assessment and analysis of new capacity requirements, assistance in the developmental process for private power projects and the electricity pricing.
Don Webster - Executive Director
Don Webster is an Executive Director of PPA Energy. He is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in the power sector for around 25 years. The earlier part of his career was involved with the design of hydropower schemes, but since completing an MBA in the late-1980s he has been almost exclusively involved with providing economic, financial and strategic advice to power utilities and private power entities. He has also assisted development agencies with energy policy interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, and with the design of assistance programmes for the energy sector.
Tony Woods - Chief Financial Officer
Tony Woods is PPA Energy’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined the company in April 2008. Prior to this he was for three years the Commercial Director of Cre8 Innovation Solutions Ltd, having previously worked since the early 1970's for EDF Energy (now UK Power Networks) and its predecessor companies – particularly London Electricity. He has held many roles dealing with aspects of the commercial and financial activities of the electricity industry, including managing the commercial and financial teams for the EDF Energy distribution businesses.
Dr Graeme Chown - Executive Director (South Africa)
Dr Graeme Chown is an Executive Director for PPA Energy (Pty) Ltd in South Africa and manages all local activities.
Graeme is a power systems specialist. His core skills are in ancillary services, SCADA and real time power control. Graeme joined PPA Energy in January 2005. Previously he worked for 18years for Eskom, the main power utility in South Africa. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the South African Institute for Electrical Engineers.
Jonathan Hedgecock - Executive Director
Jonathan Hedgecock is an Executive Director of PPA and has worked in power sector consultancy for the past 22 years, initially focusing on transmission and distribution system planning and analysis. This involved him in numerous assignments in the international electricity sector, undertaking least cost network development studies and power system simulation projects for public and private sector clients. With the growth in electricity sector reform internationally, Jonathan worked increasingly with IPP developers on the evaluation of opportunities for connecting new power plants to the transmission and distribution networks.
Cliff Walton - Executive Director
Cliff Walton is an acknowledged international expert in the management of power network assets, particularly in the optimisation of performance of ageing network assets. Previously Head of Strategic Development for EDF Energy Networks, he has extensive experience in engineering, innovation, commercial, financial, business process and technology change activities. He has had a wide range of roles and responsibilities in both power and telecommunications.
Sarah Carter - Principal Consultant
Sarah is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years of experience in power consultancy. Since joining PPA in 2005 Sarah has been involved with a variety of projects including the development of a transmission pricing and loss factor calculation model for the Southern African Power Pool; development of a wheeling charging model for Jamaica; determination of transmission and distribution costs for a project assessing the Power Infrastructure Investment Needs for Sub-Saharan Africa and the updating of a supply/demand study to determine the future requirements for, and economics of, base-load generating plant in the Philippines.
Trevor Fry - Principal Consultant
Trevor Fry has worked in energy consultancies for more than 35 years, covering the renewable energy, networks and regulatory fields. In addition, he has gained specialist experience in post-conflict infrastructure rehabilitation, capacity building and institutional strengthening through recent management and advisory roles in East Timor and Iraq, with the United Nations. Trevor has worked extensively as the team leader and energy expert on project preparation and development in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Pacific Islands
Claire Wilkinson - Senior Consultant
Claire joined PPA Energy after graduating from Imperial College in 2007 with a first class MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, specialising in power systems. At PPA Energy Claire carries out the analysis of generation, transmission and distribution projects and systems for utilities, industrial companies and regulators internationally. Claire has recently worked on a number of UK projects, including project managing a review and update of a guide for developers of Distributed Generation and reviewing and evaluating submissions from Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) for Tier 2 funding under the Low Carbon Networks Fund.
Dr Sree Bandi - Consultant
Sree is a consultant focusing on Smart Grids, Transmission and Distribution networks, system operation, losses and electricity market design issues.
She holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. She specialises in power systems design and operation and integration of renewable energy into distribution networks. Sree has a comprehensive understanding of the electricity grid and market in the UK and strong capabilities in the execution of high level feasibility and development studies and power systems analysis.
Borsu Shahnavaz - Consultant
Borsu Shahnavaz is an engineer with over 8 years of experience in energy sector. He has an MSc in Engineering projects and System Managements from Kingston University, UK and MSc in Mining Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic.
Borsu is currently working on a LCNF Tier 1 project in order to increase visibility of a distribution network and create a decision support system for planners and network operators.
Rahul N Desai - Consultant
Rahul is a power professional with over 6 years of hands on work experience in the Power Sector. Rahul holds an MBA from University of Leeds, UK and a Power Engineering degree from National Power Training Institute, New Delhi, India.
Whilst at PPA Energy, Rahul has worked on various projects such as Bangladesh framework performance management, Kenya market analyse, and South Africa Eskom's governor models. He has developed PPA's training materials on a Mozambique power project and contributed to the paper “Dynamic governor model development for grid code compliance” that was published in Energize magazine in South Africa.
John Snow - Consultant
John Snow joined PPA Energy after successful completion of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Cardiff University and PPA Energy. John has experience of power system innovation and his main roles evolve around developing solutions to improve network performance and management.
John holds a MSc in Electrical Energy Systems and a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University.
Thomas Amram - Consultant
Thomas joined PPA Energy after graduating from the French university Ecole Centrale de Lille in 2012 with a first class degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in renewable energies, electricity networks and utilities. He completed his course with a project requiring the development of a set of educational tools for the demonstration of a real-time network simulation platform in Lille. Thomas also holds an MSc in Project Management and gained certifications PRINCE2 Foundation and MSP Foundation.
Amy Wu Henry - Marketing Analyst
Since joining PPA Energy Amy has been involved with marketing strategy and analysis, events/marketing activities planning, publication designs and website management within the Company and for clients.
Amy holds a MSc in International Marketing Management. She specialises in sales and marketing management. She has over 14 years experience in diverse industries across UK, USA and China. Her marketing analytical skills and trading knowledge have successfully developed business into much broader range of markets.
Jane Temperley - Office Manager
Jane Temperley has been with PPA for 14 years. As Office Manager Jane is responsible for the smooth day to day running of PPA Energy’s Guildford Office and providing support and administration to the directors and consultants of the company. Jane’s other responsibilities include working closely with the marketing team to ensure quality control and timely delivery of expressions of interest and proposals, she also provides support to the project managers by organising flights, accommodation etc for domestic and overseas visits.
Dianne Vercueil - Office Administrator
Dianne Vercueil is the office administrator for the South African Office of PPA Energy. Dianne looks after all the admin related aspects for the South African office including invoicing, and is the main point of contact when the consultants are overseas. Providing administrative support to the South African PPA Energy consultants by arranging all aspects of their overseas trips including flight bookings, accommodation etc is also a large part of Dianne’s remit.