Board members are:
Steve graduated with a degree in Engineering Science from St Peter’s College, Oxford in 1969 and then worked for the next nineteen years for GEC, mostly within their Gas Turbine Divisions. For much of this time he was engaged in technical sales at senior level to customers in the Middle East and Africa, but also had a three-year period running the Company’s Product Support Division which employed over 200 people.
Over the next dozen or so years he worked for several major UK power consultancies and contractors (including AEA Technology and Kennedy & Donkin) promoting projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy production – including landfill gas and wind turbines.
He is now a Registered Osteopath, having taken a major career change and qualified in 2001. I have been practising in Portree since April 2009.
Steve and his wife have lived permanently on Skye since 2008 and have gradually become more involved with local community activities.
Ralph is an engineer by qualification and graduated from the engineering school at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. Ralph has spent most of his career to date working in specialist renewable energy consultancies in Scotland and the US. Ralph’s role focused on providing advice to owners, lenders and investors on wind farm performance assessment and the associated contractual issues. More recently Ralph worked at a technology innovation centre in Glasgow. His role there was leading a team of engineers to deliver innovation services to a wide range of academic, private and public sector organisations – from large utilities to university spinouts. Ralph is now based in Inverness and works as the Operations Manager for a company who design and build low carbon homes using an innovative offsite construction methodology.
Both inside and outside of work Ralph has an active interest in sustainability, low carbon technologies and renewable energy. He firmly believes these industries offer both economic, social and environmental benefits to Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. On a personal note, Ralph enjoys running, cycling, walking and open water swimming. He also regularly volunteers at associated events.
Colin Ewing (Chair)
Having grown up in Cheshire, Colin gained a degree in law from Manchester University but then pursued a career in IT and networking. He worked for major engineering and construction companies Turner and Newall and National Nuclear Corporation until the mid 1980s, then joined an independant IT consultancy, working in the UK and Europe in a wide variety of business sectors, including banking, defence and manufacturing. Colin lived in Strasbourg and Brussels for 5 years, working as a consultant on projects for the EU and NATO. After returning to the UK, he undertook project management and project reviews for major utility companies in the UK. In 2001 Colin moved from Hertfordshire to Skye, having visited the island many times since the early 1970s. Now retired, Colin is building his own low energy house on Skye. Colin is convinced that the only sustainable solution to the UK’s energy dilemma is for everyone in the country to be engaged with the problem and for them to be empowered to help to solve it.
I have a degree in Oceanography and in the late 1970s worked on the Severn Barrage feasibility project specifically investigating how salmon migration would be affected by a barrage. Some 40 years later, they are still talking about it! I spent 25 years as a science teacher and in 2005 moved to Skye. We have a small organic croft. I am passionate about renewables and have our own 5Kw wind turbine (the first privately owned wind turbine on the Isle of Skye). I was co-opted on to the board in September 2017.
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Henrik is originally from Sweden but moved to Scotland in 1999. He moved with his wife (who is from Ardvasar) and family to Sleat in 2009 and is now living in Ardvasar. Henrik has been a director with the Cooperative since August 2018. He works for an environmental consultancy that specialises in renewable energy, resource efficiency, waste management, sustainable construction and management system development. Through his professional career he has worked with about a dozen different community groups throughout Scotland providing assistance with various tasks ranging from (but not limited to) governance, renewable energy, finance/business plans, funding, project development etc. In addition, Henrik is self-employed for part of his working week and has secured contracts working with a community on Skye helping them project manage new developments, and create a development plan for the area. His interests include various outdoor sports, running and hiking.