Anthony Woolhouse (Chairman)
Anthony completed the London Business School MBA, having previously worked in town planning. After business school he worked for 25 years in Finance and Business Planning in the corporate world followed by a period of interim management in a range of companies. He taught Financial Strategy in the Open University and completed T206 “Energy for a sustainable future”. He is a Quaker and is Chairman of the New Forest Quaker Care Home. “Quakers in the UK have committed to creating a low carbon sustainable society. This is my contribution to that.”
Before becoming qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Jonathan gained an initial qualification in Agriculture, graduating from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon and working on the land in England, France, New Zealand, and the United States. In the 1980s he moved to Northern California, and started working in the media firstly as a photojournalist and later as a filmmaker, presenter and producer. It was Jonathan’s dual love of people’s life stories and the obstacles and challenges people faced when confronted by change that led him to become a founding director of stories4change in 2007 and then subsequently to broaden his career to become a therapeutic counsellor. Today he combines the different areas of his counselling work with filmmaking, documentary and environmental work. He also currently serves as a volunteer director of the New Forest Transition Group and the New Forest Festival (Arts, Culture & Ecology).
Kate has worked in the sustainability arena for 12 years after completing an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University. She currently works at Earth to Ocean, a Hampshire-based sustainability consultancy, with a particular focus on the marine, sport and recreation sectors. In 2012, Kate worked for LOCOG as a sustainability adviser to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has provided sustainability advice to a wide range of events and organisations. She is Chair of Transition Lymington and has worked on a number of “eco-projects” with Hordle Primary School, including securing funding for a PV array.
Cathy is a chartered engineer, graduating in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London. As well as installing renewables (solar pv and thermal) at her home in Lyndhurst, Cathy’s long-held ambition has been to initiate a local community power generation scheme and WSS is a very satisfying fulfillment of that dream. She is also the Coordinator for the New Forest Transition School and Community Energy Saving Project which is partly-funded by New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.
Rob has an engineering degree and worked as an engineer and business manager for suppliers to the water industry, before leaving to start his own engineering consultancy business. For the last twelve years he has run a marketing company providing websites for small businesses. As Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in the New Forest, Rob is an active lobbyist for small businesses as a vital part of the local economy. As well as his role in West Solent Solar Cooperative, Rob has also played a leading role in the installation of a biomass heating system at Lyndhurst Community Centre, where he is Chairman of the Trustees. He has also served as a panel member of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, where he met Anthony Woolhouse and first became involved in the WSSC project.
Since retiring I have lived in Hordle for 11 years. I have been a beekeeper for 7 years and currently have been keeping bees at the solar farm for over 2 years. From the bees I sell honey, beeswax candles, beeswax wood polish and have just received EU permission to make and sell beeswax lip balm. I intend to increase my beekeeping in the future. I also grow bee friendly plants in 2 greenhouses and a polytunnel to sell at local fairs and fetes.
I have assisted at the solar farm in tree planting, maintenance and an open day, I am happy to continue helping. Previously I was a qualified instructor for the Road Transport Industry Training Board and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Qualified with NEBOSH (national examination board for occupational safety and health). I ran my own training company and currently act as adviser on Health and Safety issues with a local construction company. My wife and I are investors in WSSC.
Roger studied Electrical Engineeering at Bristol University and worked as a geophysical engineer in the Middle East and the North Sea in oil exploration. After 5 years he decided on a change in career and did an MSc in electronics at Southampton before moving to Germany where he worked as a software engineer. He was greatly influenced by the then new German approach to the environment and on returning to the UK in the 90’s he was able to provide local groups with up to the minute information from Germany about waste management for the waste consultation that was going on. A strong believer in environmental education he was one of the founding directors of the Southampton Environment Centre (now tEC) and has helped Cathy Cook guiding school children and other visitors to the solar farm.
Six years ago he qualified as an MCS installer which he did for 3 years. He now works part time for a local solar company and as a software engineer. He has a passion for environmental technology and has worked in air quality, organic food retailing and recycled paper marketing.
John Malone studied renewable energy systems at CREST, Loughborough University (1994/5). Subsequently, he spent almost 3 years as Renewable Energy Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy in Swaziland, where he was involved in a number of projects including solar energy for rural clinics and schools, fuel-efficient wood stoves and rural electrification. Returning to the UK in 1999, John joined Energy for Sustainable Development where, as a Senior Consultant, he was involved in a range of renewable energy activities including the development of community energy projects and energy services companies. He joined Energy4All in 2007 and is now Development Director, managing a number of co-operative renewable energy projects at various stages of development.