Community Energy England is directed by a board of nine individuals from member organisations and one ex-officio post, held by our Chief Executive.
Dr Afsheen Rashid MBE
CEE ChairAfsheen is a community energy specialist with over 10 years extensive experience of working with communities and Local Authorities. Afsheen is Chief Executive Officer at Repowering London and sits as Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives, the UK’s first inner city community-owned solar power stations. A former Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and current Chair of Community Energy England Afsheen remains influential in both local and national community energy decision making. Afsheen is a Trustee of Friends of the Earth and an advisor to several organisations: ‘UK 100’, an ambitious network of local government leaders committed to 100% clean energy; ‘IGOV 2’, an Established Career Fellowship on Innovation and Governance: Future Energy Systems; and the Community Business Panel for Power to Change.Prior to Repowering’s foundation, Afsheen pioneered Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme and managed the Brixton Low Carbon Zone. She was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Women’s Collective in Tower Hamlets that seeks to empower women to play an active role in improving the environment. Afsheen has a MA in Geography and MEnv in Environment, Science and Society and an Honorary Doctorate.
Mark BillsboroughMark has worked in the energy industry for almost 20 years, with a particular focus on Renewables and Commodity Trading / Financial Risk Management. He headed up the investment team of E.ON's European onshore wind project, in which Eur5 billion was invested in onshore and offshore wind globally. He also managed all of the Commodity Risk for those 4GW of assets in each country.
Peter Capener MBE
Deputy ChairPeter Capener is co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, a member of the Community Energy Contact Group and a trustee of CSE. Peter has thirty years of experience of working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and fuel poverty with a strong focus on community energy. This time includes experience at senior management and board level for national and regional NGOs as well as delivering practical projects and programmes. Peter has MSc in Energy Resource Management and was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to sustainable energy.
Martin CraneMartin has almost 20 years' experience in renewables and energy efficiency, both technical and commercial work. He is Managing Director of Carbon Alternatives and also a Director of Springbok Wood Heat Co-operative. Previous to his role at Carbon Alternatives, Martin worked for 8 years for a large utility undertaking design due diligence and operational optimism on new district heating systems.
Rachel Hayes BEMRachel Hayes is Associate Director at Regen. Rachel is developing a thriving national Women in Renewables network to ensure the sector is at the forefront of harnessing talent. Rachel is also a driving force behind some of the leading renewable energy events at Regen and works closely with the Executive Team at CEE to develop events and membership.
Mark KenberMark Kenber is a Non-Executive Director of BHESCo. He has an extensive background in climate change and energy, having until 2016 lead the international NGO the Climate Group. During this time, Mark was responsible for driving the RE100 campaign - accelerating corporate clean power commitments - supported decentralized energy in India and worked closely on local, national and international climate and energy policy. Prior to working with the Climate Group, Mark worked as Senior Policy Officer for WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, Director of Planning and Policy at Fundacion Natura in Ecuador and climate advisor to the Ecuadorian government.
TreasurerMark is a Non-Executive Director of Energy4All with a background as a qualified accountant. Mark helped to launch Westmill Wind and Solar Cooperatives and focusses on engaging with is 4,000+ member base. Mark is also a Director of REScoop and he is a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Property Company.