GHR is a company focused exclusively developing, building, operating and maintaining hydro electric schemes. To do this, we rely on having the right people.
The board of directors consists of experts from the fields of renewable energy, power generation, finance, corporate affairs and project management. The company employs a dedicated team of professional staff and has wider support from specialist sub-contractors and associate companies. The GHR team has over 130 years combined of electrical engineering and construction project management experience. The development team has over 15 years of environmental management and hydrology experience. GHR also has extensive knowledge of project finance and financial management, with over 50 years combined experience.
Paul Capell, Chairman, has 30 years’ experience across the renewable energy, oil and gas and water sectors and has worked at executive level for companies including United Utilities, Veolia, Weir Group and Trafalgar John Brown. He is a founding director and CEO of EIDC – a leading waste to energy development business. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Aquamarine Power Ltd. and Aerothermal Group PLC.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Round, Chief Executive Officer, has a 30-year track record in senior finance and leadership roles in a range of quoted and private companies. Previously, Richard has led the development and implementation of wave energy company Aquamarine Power's business plan and corporate strategy for over four years, sucessfully securing around £60 million of funding for the development of Oyster wave power technology. Prior to joining Aquamarine Power, Richard was Acting Chief Executive at quoted Novera Energy plc where he led the sale of the landfill gas, wind and hydro group. Richard has also held a number of finance director roles in the renewable, oil and gas, coal and mining sectors with companies including Scottish Coal, AIM-listed Anglo Asian Mining plc and Cambrian Mining plc.
Chief Operating Officer
Ian Cartwright, Chief Operating Officer, is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has made a career in renewable energy delivery in Scotland having been instrumental in building up and selling the family owned business J S Cartwright and Company, to Scottish Hydro Contracting in 1999, subsequently developing Scottish Hydro Contracting’s renewable energy business into a multi million pound division.
Hazel McIntyre, Finance Director, worked for 20 years in corporate banking and private equity before being appointed M&A Director of a highly acquisitive financial services company backed by Charterhouse Capital Partners. Hazel is responsible for financial management and funding strategy for the company and its schemes.
Alex Reading, Development Director, studied Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University before spending seven years in the British Army. He is responsible for all aspects of the technical, hydrological, environmental, social and commercial appraisal of Green Highland Renewables' portfolio of hydro schemes.
Tony Robison, Non-Executive Director, is a Chartered Accountant and a principal at SEP where he focuses the secondary investments of the Environmental Energies Fund. He has significant fundraising and M&A experience and has worked with numerous entrepreneurs in dynamic environments.
Niall Graham-Campbell, Prospecting Consultant, has worked in the Scottish rural market for the last forty years. He brings extensive experience to Green Highland Renewables on all matters associated with land ownership, contracts and licensing.
Dr. Mairead Murnion
Hydro Development Manager
Dr. Mairead Murnion, Hydro Development Manager, has an MSc in renewable energy specialising in hydro and a PhD in Cell Biology and has experience in managing community renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and expertise in business operational efficiency.
Hydro Development Manager
Jayson Drummond, Hydro Development Manager, has a degree in Environmental Science and is responsible for the environmental screening and scoping of potential hydro schemes as well as the management of the environmental assessments and their interaction with the overall design of the schemes.
Hydro Development Engineer
Michael Blackburn, Hydro Development Engineer, has a BEng Hons in Renewable Energy Systems specialising in hydrology, power and energy assessment, a BTechnol Hons in Countryside Management and a PGDip Marine Renewable Energy. Over the past 12 years Michael has developed a strong track record in the land-based sector through farming, forestry contracting, farm conservation consultancy and more recently as a developer of his family hydro scheme. Michael’s principle interests in hydropower are resource assessment and design optimisation.
Hydro Project Developer and GIS Specialist
Kerr Mackinnon, Hydro Project Developer and GIS Specialist, has a BSc Hons Environmental Geography from University of Stirling, and an MSc in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh. Kerr works within the development team contributing to hydro development projects, and provides a specialist GIS support across all work areas.
Development Programme Manager
Anna Douglas, Development Programme Manager, has an MA in Geography and an MSC in Industrial Environmental Management. With over eight years experience working for the environmental regulator SEPA, as well as working as an environmental consultant and a rural community development worker, Anna joined GHR in 2013 to take the development programme to financial close.
Construction Project Manager
Colin Gilmour, Construction Project Manager, is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in the UK construction industry. He previously spent 15 years with the Halcrow Group, latterly as Associate Director, responsible for the management of a 30 strong team working on Scottish Water’s capital investment programme. Prior to that he spent time in New Zealand with Timaru District Council, and previously with Strathclyde Regional Council and Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd.
Consultant Project Manager
Rob Smith, Consultant Project Manager, is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in the construction industry. As a Project Manager he has worked on a variety of projects in UK and abroad with W.A Fairhurst, Mobil Oil, BP, Stannifer Developments and Kilmartin Property Group.
Operations & Maintenance Manager
George Cameron, Operations & Maintenance Manager, is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer and was formerly site electrical engineer with LifeScan Scotland Ltd where he was responsible for all site electrical services. Prior to that his career included work for Hydro Contracting and J S Cartwright, where he had significant involvement in a variety of hydro generation projects, Macgregor Engineering and A.I. Welders Ltd
Head of Project Finance and Administration
Lesley Macleod, Head of Project Finance and Administration, was formerly with JS Cartwright and Hydro Contracting. For the last 4½ years she held the position of District Contracts Manager being responsible for the operation of an electrical contracting profit centre.
O & M Technician
Joe Thain, Electrical Technician, Is a time served electrical technician with 33 years experience in the electrical industry, he served his time at the Invergordon Smelter and has spent 15 years at SSE contracting where he was involved in various Hydro projects including Kinlochleven phase 1 and 2 and the electrification of Eigg, he also spent time at SSE Power Distribution as a commissioning engineer working on renewable connections.
Mairi Smaile, Financial Administrator, studied Mathematics and Celtic Studies at University and brings many years of experience of finance and administration from running a variety of family businesses.
Construction Project Manager
Eric Coulshed, Construction Project Manager, is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 26 years experience in the UK construction industry. He previously spent 7 years with Scotland Transerv as a Senior Bridge Engineer, where he worked as Engineer’s Representative on the first phase of the £13.4M Kessock Bridge Resurfacing and Barrier Replacement Project. Prior to that he spent 6 years teaching construction at Inverness College after working on a variety of projects for companies such as Morrison Construction, Wimpey Major Projects and Fairclough Construction.