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.
Duncan Whyte has a history of executive board experience with UK listed companies, including 22 years in the energy and water industries. Between 2006 and 2012, Duncan served as Chairman of Wales & West Utilities, during which time the company was awarded Utility of the Year in recognition of its efficiency and customer service achievements.
Between 2003 and 2005, Duncan acted as adviser to the CEO of ESB, the Irish state electricity company, providing strategic input into the regulatory process. From 2003-04, he acted as Senior Adviser to Ofgem, the UK regulator for electricity and gas. Prior to this, from 1997, he spent six years with Motherwell Bridge Holdings, a diverse engineering group, as a non-executive director. During this period, he also served from 2001-02 as adviser to the executive management team of Innogy, one of the UK’s largest energy companies; and from 1999-2000 as CEO of the Weir Group.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Hutt, Chief Financial Officer, has over 20 years’ experience in a number of senior management roles and is responsible for the financial management and funding strategy for the company and its schemes.
He joins Green Highland Renewables from the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland where he was Chief Executive. During his five year tenure the charity saw record revenues, surpluses and capital investment.
Stephen has a strong financial background. Prior to joining RHASS he was finance director for the EMEA culinary ingredients and flavours division of the Kerry Group, and has a career which has included positions with Smith, Anderson & Co Ltd, British Gas Scotland, Scottish & Newcastle and World Markets Company.
He holds a degree in business studies and accounting from Edinburgh University and qualified as an accountant with CIMA.
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.
David Owens has 37 years of experience in the energy and utility sectors. Between 2006 and 2009, David served as CEO of Thames Water. Under his leadership, Thames Water turned around its operations, delivered an ambitious capex programme and made significant financial and operational improvements.
David also has extensive experience in the electricity sector. He was Managing Director of Eastern Electricity (subsequently bought by EDF) from 1998 to 2000. Eastern Electricity and London Electricity formed a joint venture (24Seven) to operate their electricity distribution networks, which became the largest distribution network in the UK. David was the founding CEO of 24Seven.
David holds a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering, he is a chartered electrical engineer and fellow of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Electronics).
Chief Executive Officer
Mark has spent over 25 years in various engineering and leadership roles within SSE, most recently spending nine years as the Managing Director of SSE’s Networks business. In this role, Mark led SSE’s three regulated electricity networks as well as SSE’s telecom, lighting services and multi-utility solution operations.