Who Are We

The members

Westmill Solar Co-operative is 1,658 members passionate about community renewable energy.  


Leadership and management

A board of directors leads the Co-operative.  The board is appointed by the members from the members.  For day-to-day management the board have appointed OST Energy to manage the Solar Park, Ethex to manage the Co-operative, and Registry Trust to be the registrar.

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The Directors


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Philip Wolfe (Chair) 
Philip Wolfe is one of the pioneers of the UK renewable energy industry. He provides advisory services through WolfeWare Limited. He is also a panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative, a non-executive director for Communities for Renewables and Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd, and is the founder of Wiki-Solar.
Philip has been involved in the sector since the 1970’s when he became the first Chief Executive of what is now BP Solar. He later established his own photovoltaics company Intersolar Group, which from 1993 to 2002 was the sole UK manufacturer of photovoltaic cells. He was Director General of the REA between 2003 and 2009, and has served on the Boards of other European and British industry bodies, and advised the European Commission and the British Government.
Philip has recently had a book published by Routledge on utility-scale solar power projects. 

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Nicola McConville (Company Secretary)
Nicola McConville is a Corporate Finance partner at Blake Lapthorn, based in its Oxford office. Nicola established the Climate Change Sector Group at Blake Lapthorn and leads the group of lawyers from across numerous practice areas.
As head of the Climate Change Sector Group Nicola has been responsible for driving a number of the firm's initiatives and acting for a wide range of clients in the sector. She is a regular speaker at conferences, and has written several articles and a regular blog for the Low Carbon Hub.
She has advised several community groups on share offers, and recently advised on what is believed to be the first employee owned renewable energy scheme in the UK based at Cornwall’s Eden Project. She is a member of the Programme Board of Low Carbon Oxford.

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Richard Benwell
Richard Benwell lives in Great Coxwell, within sight of the Westmill wind turbines. He is Head of Government Affairs for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). Previously, he was a Clerk in the House of Commons, with the Energy and Climate Change Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee. His professional experiences brings together energy and climate change policy, with a knowledge of the natural environment and political and parliamentary procedure.

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Mark Luntley
Mark Luntley graduated from Loughborough University in 1982 and qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1987. He has worked at the Audit Commission, as Head of Audit at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Deputy Director of the Western Isles Council, Director of Corporate Services at Oxford City Council and as Project Director at Local Partnerships where he managed a project to create an agency allowing councils to raise infrastructure finance.
A member of Baywind Energy Co-operative Limited since 1997, and interested in environmental issues, Mark also chairs the Oxford Credit Union and is a non-Executive Director of SOHA and the Ethical Property Company. Mark also chairs the Board of Westmill Wind Farm and is a trustee of the Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust.

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Martin Allman
Martin has almost a decade of experience managing and leading businesses in the UK's renewable energy sector. He has been a board member of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) and has considerable commercial experience in delivering renewable energy schemes, both residential and solar farms. He is also a member of the Westmill Solar Co-operative.  


Tom Parkinson
Tom works as a consultant in the renewable energy and technology sectors working for a variey of businesses including Co-operative Energy, which buys some of the output from Westmill Wind Farm. He is a member of a number of other renewable ventures, such as GenDrive Limited (who make inverters for wind turbines) and Osney Lock Hydro (who are developing a community hydro-electric scheme in west Oxford).
Tom studied law at Oxford University and subsequently worked as an in-house lawyer at companies including Video Arts (the training company set up by John Cleese) and QXL ricardo (the online auction company and European competitor to eBay). Tom has an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and completed a renewable energy module at the Open University in 2010.


Bob Pedley
Bob is a CIMA qualified Management Accountant, with 30 years experience in the engineering and electronics industries in a number of roles up to and including that of Finance Director. He is currently employed by a multinational electronics company. In the past he has acted on a voluntary basis as Treasurer of a couple of local charities in Berkshire and he is currently assisting a major British charity with finance issues.
Bob is an ethusiastic investor in community renewable energy, being a “B” shareholder in Westmill Solar; he and his wife also hold shares in a number of the Energy4All wind cooperatives.



Westmill Solar Cooperative Ltd

Registered number 31265R registered on the 17th May 2011.