Gordon lives in the town of Carluke in South Lanarkshire. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1987 with a BSc degree in Environmental Health and went on to obtain a Diploma in Environmental Management & ISO 14001 Auditing. Gordon is a Chartered member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Gordon is currently a Chartered Environmental Health Officer working within the Pollution Control Team of North Lanarkshire Council. Part of his duties involve assessing planning applications, for amongst other things, Wind Farms and assessing any possible environmental impacts they may create.
Gordon first became interested in the work of Energy4All following a presentation they made to him as part of a planning application. As an environmentalist and regulator, Gordon is always looking for opportunities to “practice what I preach” and support sustainable development and green initiatives. The generation of safe, clean, sustainable energy for the benefit of the community giving a better than average financial return to investors seemed like a great idea and as a result, Gordon is now a member of three wind energy co-operatives. Gordon has experience sitting on a number of boards in an advisory capacity and as he lives and works within Lanarkshire he felt he would like become more involved and make a positive contribution to Spirit of Lanarkshire by joining this board.
I am a passionate advocate of community ownership of renewable energy, and that is why I decided to join Spirit of Lanarkshire as a member 2 years ago. I am an experienced manager in the not for private profit sector, having managed environmental and community development charities. I have lived in Dundee for 3 years, and have an MSc in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling from Dundee University, and another MSc in Rural Development from Newcastle University. Recently I have been trying to develop a community owned solar photo voltaic park in Tayside. I can be found on Twitter @helengrayshan.
Janet is a Chartered Chemist with PhD in environmental science. She has worked on a number of environmental issues, but has a particular interest land use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Janet is a strong supporter of the co-operative business model and has served as a member of the Glasgow and Lanarkshire committee of the Co-operative Group. She is also on the committees of a number of community groups in Clydesdale, including Biggar Science Festival, Biggar and District Civic Society and Friends of Burnbraes Park.
I was born in Lesmahagow and attended school in Larkhall. I spent the main part of my career in the textile industry. During my career I held a succession of executive positions in various companies within the J.& P. Coats Group . Following general management training with the company I specialised in sales and marketing and went on to serve in a number of group companies initially at management level and latterly at board level as sales and marketing director. Latterly I changed course slightly and moved into logistics. My last post with the company was Logistics Director with Coats Leisure Crafts Group with responsibility for sales and logistics in the U.K. and part of mainland Europe. After leaving Coats I served on the board of Madeira Threads, a German manufacturer of specialist threads. For the past 14 years I have been running my own small business sourcing specialist fabrics from various parts of the world and distributing them in the U.K. and Ireland. I have now disposed of this business and am looking for new challenges.
My background is in advice work, first at the Hamilton Citizens Advice Bureau where I progressed from being a generalist worker to money advice. I was a senior worker, bureau tutor and, for a time, joint acting manager.During my time at the CAB, I graduated B.A.(Open) and then moved into Community Education in Lanarkshire, first as a facilitator of women’s groups and later as an educational guidance worker. During this time, I gained a Diploma in Adult Education (University of Glasgow) and a Certificate in Adult Education Guidance (Heriot-Watt). All this work was in areas of deprivation, so I am very conscious of food and energy security. I also believe we should pass on the world in a good condition to coming generations. I presently volunteer at the Foodbank.
During my working life I enjoyed working on the circuity of the automatic telephone system around the UK. I have always had an interest in electricity generation, distribution and utilisation. Over the decades I have engaged in voluntary community work, for heath councils and Chair of my local Community Council.
Annette is an Accounting Technician, with many years experience and specialising in computerised accounts. Annette is a full time Energy4All employee and manages the Cumbria office. She oversees the accounting procedures for Energy4All and associated co-op’s. In spring 2018, Annette was awarded with an MBE for services to Community Energy.