Our team comprises engineers, planners, designers, developers and financiers.
In 2015, having successfully developed 18 utility scale energy projects, Andy and the team started the process of developing low carbon commercial scale glasshouses.
Andy is a founder of Oasthouse Ventures, the parent company to Low Carbon Farming, which has multiple businesses operating in the UK and abroad.
Prior to this Andy worked in corporate finance in the City of London for 6 years, and he read Politics and Economics at Warwick University.
When out of the office Andy enjoys water sports and cross-country running.
Simon holds a first class MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a chartered member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Simon was the co-founder of OST Energy, an engineering consultancy specialising in renewable energy. OST advised on over 30GW of solar, wind, energy storage and biomass renewable energy projects in over 25 countries across the world with offices on every inhabited continent. In 2015 OST Energy was purchased by Rina Consulting S.P.A. where Simon is still employed as a technical director.
He was also the co-founder of successful project development companies Sun and Soil Ltd, and Energy Reservoirs who have developed 18 major renewable energy and battery storage projects within the UK.
In his consultancy role Simon has worked on a variety of renewable energy projects globally for international stakeholders including leading investors and lenders. He has worked across all stages of the project lifecycle in solar, wind, energy storage and hydro technologies. He has overseen the growth of several business in over 7 countries around the world and continues to develop and expand renewable technology at both a corporate and project level.
Outside work his main interests are playing sport and family.
Oliver was the co-founder of OST Energy, an engineering consultancy specializing in renewable energy. OST advised on over 30GW of solar, wind and biomass renewable energy projects in over 25 countries across the world with offices on every inhabited continent. In 2015 OST Energy was purchased by Rina Consulting S.P.A. where Oliver holds an advisory position.
He was also the Co-founder of successful project development companies Sun and Soil Ltd, and Energy Reservoirs who have developed 18 major renewable energy and battery storage projects within the UK.
Oliver has a thorough understanding of renewable energy project requirements at all stages of development and operation for each key stakeholder, and a clear comprehension of the market dynamics required for a renewable industry to scale successfully in a given geography.
Oliver is a skilled manager, director, and business expander, with sound experience leading and growing multi-disciplinary teams in multiple geographies.
He has worked on a comprehensive range of power engineering projects across the world including; solar PV, utility battery storage, landfill gas, waste incineration, on shore and offshore wind, solar thermal, marine renewable technologies, combined cycle gas turbines, and coal fired plant.
He holds a Master of Science in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, and a Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Out of work Oliver enjoys various outdoor activities, and eating and drinking with friends and family.
Senior development manager
As part of the team, Ben was instrumental in developing multiple solar and battery energy storage projects in the UK, and brings his development and GIS expertise to the Low Carbon Farming Team.
Ben holds a BSc (hons) in Surveying and Mapping Science and an MSc in Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management. Ben previously worked as an equity analyst for a City of London corporate finance firm that specialised in the Renewable Energy and Cleantech industry. Prior to this Ben managed the survey of a glacier in Norway to research the effects of climate change.
Ben represented England at junior international level for the winter sport Curling. He is a Master Scuba Diver and enjoys sailing and rugby.
Neil is a specialist thermal engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineer and 30 years’ experience in the field. He has worked globally based in Europe, North America, Africa and the Far East involved in domestic, commercial, process, petrochemical and utility scale applications for thermal energy.
Neil spent the early 90’s developing and delivering efficient energy into Dutch greenhouse. Those solutions for emissions reduction, maximum efficiency for heat and power using mixed energy sources are still in use some 30 years later across Europe and it is exciting to be at the forefront of a new revolution in greenhouse energy.
Since 2000 Neil has specialised in multi technology energy centres which include ground source heat pump (GSHP), ASHP, CHP, fossil fuel boiler, chillers, PV, solar thermal and other renewables. He has been at the forefront of simultaneous heating and cooling coupled to thermal storage, developing efficient solutions for offices, commercial, retail, schools, hospitals, universities, rural estates, agriculture, exemplar green buildings, low carbon hotels and mixed use developments.
Neil has been a co-founder of three start-ups and held Director roles in two Venture Capital backed businesses operating within the renewables sector. 2017 saw the culmination of 5 years voluntary work designing, developing and building the largest hydro on the Thames, crowd funded and community owned in the village of Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford.
Neil sat on the European CEN committee for normalisation of gas air ratio controls, was a founding member of the Clean Air Act for Southern Africa, has assisted Underwriters Laboratories in the US with emerging technologies and regularly speaks as an expert at CIBSE, Institute of Physics and industry related conferences.
Outside work his main interests are keeping two teenage sons stimulated and exercised, the progression of the human powered vehicle, coaching and competing with UK para-rowing and when time allows independent overland travel.
Head of planning
Eleanor has an MSc in International Planning and Development and is an MRTPI Chartered Town Planner specialising in planning advice for large scale solar PV developments and energy storage systems, in addition to other forms of renewable energy, including community energy schemes.
She has 5 years’ experience in local authority planning, with emphasis on infrastructure delivery and neighbourhood planning, and broad knowledge of local and national planning policy. She has recently been working on planning applications for a number of commercial-scale glasshouse projects in England.
Eleanor also has experience in international Environmental & Social consultancy, which has been mainly focused on the African solar market and includes the production of E&S Management Plans and E&S and Equator Principle Action Plans. Outside work Eleanor enjoys windsurfing and scuba diving and travelling to sunny places to do both.
Business Development Manager
Ed joined the Oasthouse team in 2020 and is responsible for building on the success of our Low Carbon Farming projects both in the UK and abroad.
Ed comes from a well-established agri-food family business and career in the Royal Marines. On the latter, he served around the globe including posting and operations in the Middle East, Far East, Great Lakes region of Africa and United States, where he worked as a Foreign Policy specialist in the UK Embassy in Washington DC.
He concluded his service commanding the Royal Marines Barracks in London and Royal Marines Reserve City of London. Following military service, Ed undertook an MBA in International Food and Agribusiness at the Royal Agricultural University School of Business and Enterprise. Ed also holds an MA in Defence Studies and is BASIS agronomy trained in Horticultural Crop Protection.
Prior to joining the Oasthouse team, he managed the UK’s largest soft fruit glasshouse complex in West Sussex.
Retired from Rugby, Ed still gets excited about the Six Nations and Bath Rugby’s fortunes, enjoys sailing and skiing and is an unashamed fan of American Country music.