Mike O'Neill is a founding member of Element Power and has over 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, specifically with Renewable Energy Systems (RES). A chartered accountant by training, he transitioned from Group Finance Director to Commercial Director of RES where his ambit comprised all activities outside of North America. As a key management figure Mike sat on both the North American and RES Group Boards, helping to steer the company from a small UK developer to a leading international developer and IPP, with over 4000MW developed and built in numerous countries. Mike gained his ACA training qualification with Spicer & Oppenheim after completing an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Brighton, UK.
As Project Director for Greenlink, Simon's day-to-day focus is advancing all the key workstreams of the project, with a focus on regulation and financing. Prior to Greenlink, Simon was Executive Vice Chairman of ElecLink, the Channel Tunnel Interconnector, an investment he originated while at STAR Capital Partners. From 2006-2013 Simon worked as a partner at STAR Capital and was responsible for energy investment origination. Prior to this, from 1993 to 2005, Simon worked in Lehman Brothers Energy Group and was head of its investment banking origination activities in Europe. Simon holds a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Surrey and is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales.
Holly practiced as a solicitor in New Zealand for five years, before moving to London, UK, in 2017 and joining the Greenlink team. Holly has a corporate and finance background, with a particular focus on Project Finance and Public Private Partnership infrastructure projects (PPPs). Holly holds a BA/LLB (Hons, first class) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and is a registered barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Charlotte joined the Greenlink team in October 2019. Charlotte previously worked for Ernst & Young in both New Zealand and in the UK. Charlotte has a background in corporate and private tax as well as business and accounting advisory. Charlotte holds a BCom from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and is a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Tom has worked in the energy sector for 15 years in communication, consultation and planning roles. He has managed permitting work for the Greenlink project since its inception. In 2010, Tom founded Gunsko to be a responsible and ethical partner for businesses developing renewable energy projects, energy infrastructure and sustainable developments. He has successfully led environmental and technical negotiations and the development and permitting of over 1GW of wind power and 100MW of solar power in the UK. His experience and in-depth understanding put him in an excellent position to identify solutions to the challenges facing any development. Tom has an engineering background, including an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University.
Planning and Permitting Manager, Wales
Tina is a chartered Engineer with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BE Civil) from University College Cork. Tina has over 20 years’ post-graduate experience, and has amassed a wide and varied expertise in all aspects of environmental, infrastructural and energy projects, from inception, planning through to detailed project design, construction and operation. Tina’s strengths include her strategic approach and advisory services on permitting complex energy projects. She has managed large-scale renewable energy projects through the complex permitting system, oral hearings and judicial reviews. Previously Tina was a Director of Fehily Timoney and Company where she was responsible for the Energy team within the company.
Project Manager, Ireland
Anna supports Greenlink on publicity and public affairs and is the media contact for the project. She has spent more than 25 years communicating on sustainable energy in the business and NGO sectors. Previously the national renewable energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth, Anna spent 16 years leading global communications for the RES Group. She has advised on industry policy, public awareness strategies and local project stakeholder programmes for projects and previously sat on the boards of RenewableUK and WindEurope. Anna now advises clients across the energy, environment and infrastructure sectors on effective communications and engagement strategies. Anna has a degree in English from the University of Cambridge.