MEET THE TEAM
Liz Reason (Director)
Liz was one of the founder directors of Sustainable Charlbury in 2006 and has been active in the development of Southill Solar for the last three years. She has worked in energy and energy consultancy for most of her career, including having been a founder director of ILEX Energy Consulting Ltd, one of Europe’s leading energy markets specialists. During the 1990s, she was managing director of a successful wind developer. During the last decade she has been involved in mainstreaming the knowledge and skills for low energy buildings, amongst all those involved in the buildings cycle. Liz has been a trustee of the National Energy Foundation since 2006. In April 2012, Liz was appointed to the Knowledge & Skills Working Group of the BIS Green Construction Board.
Tim Crisp (Director)
Tim is a pragmatic and highly experienced project manager with an impressive track record in both the commercial and community sectors. He has worked for over 25 years working in marketing and advertising and has been a central figure in community fundraising initiatives. As a director of Sustainable Charlbury he has helped lead on the proposed 4.5MW community energy scheme, Southill Solar. Tim is also a qualified mediator and versatile facilitator, his collaborative approach focuses on stakeholder engagement. He brought this experience to Low Carbon Hub in Oxford to develop some of the largest community renewable energy projects in the UK with local businesses that deliver benefits to local communities.
Tom Johnstone (Director)
Tom Johnstone is a CIMA-qualified accountant with 35 years experience working in industry in various different sectors. Over that time he has been able to gain a wide range of accountancy experience from day-to-day running of business, acquisitions and disposals, financing and refinancing of business. Though not having any direct experience in renewable energy, Tom is an investor in Southill Community Energy and has a personal interest in solar energy. Tom became involved in the project and was nominated as a director in September of 2016. He has served since then as a director nominated by the board and is now seeking election by the full membership as SCE rules require. Tom has found that the skills gained in the commercial world have transferred across into the renewable energy sector and should continue to do so as the project develops.
Richard Slark (Director)
Richard is an energy markets consultant who advises renewable generators on policy, regulatory and price risks in electricity markets around the world. Richard is a director of Pöyry Management Consulting’s energy practice, where he has led the renewables team for over ten years. Based in Oxford, Richard currently divides his time between advising on the operation, financing and valuation of specific renewable projects and on the broader strategic opportunities for developers and investors in energy markets.
Chris Barras (Director)
Chris was born in 1965, lived in France for most of his childhood but went to school in England. Chris read law at Exeter University, qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and worked in commercial private practice (London and Oxford) for several years before moving to work as a lawyer for a large electricity utility company (now known as Innogy). For the past 12 years Chris has headed Innogy’s UK renewables legal team. His work has focused on developing onshore and offshore wind farm and hydro projects. Chris has lived in Charlbury for over 20 years and has 2 grown up children. Chris enjoys a wide variety of sports and keeps himself busy working in the garden.