The TRESOC Team
TRESOC is composed of a board of directors, two contract employees, volunteers, members, supporters and friends.
Ian Bright, Managing Director
Ian graduated in Forestry from Aberdeen University and has enjoyed a varied career in forestry contracting, consultancy, management and lecturing. His experience with renewable energy development began with a wood heat project in 1994, moving on to become a founding member of Ecoenergy Ltd., a leading UK wood-heat company, in 2001. He has served since 2003 as Renewable Energy Officer with Somerset County Council, winning a number of national awards, including Public Servant of the Year in 2007. Full time since Oct 2010.
Owen Hill, Legal Director
Owen is a business solicitor with commercial experience in both private practice and industry. He has worked with Allen & Overy in London, Eversheds and as a legal director at Wilson Bowden in the construction and property development industry. He now lives in Dartmouth and acts as a Consultant to the South Devon Law Firm of Wollen Michelmore. He also serves as member of the Board of the Dart Harbour Authority and as Secretary to the Dartmouth Chamber of Trade. Joined Nov 2010.
Trevor Branton, Finance Director
Trevor is a Financial Adviser based in the South Hams and has been in the Financial Services Sector since the late 90’s. Trevor has been lucky enough to spend some of his life in New Zealand, where his interest in Renewable Energy started. He has a keen interest in Technology, Social Media and Karate, and is a member of the Dartmouth Rotary Club. Joined March 2015.
Alastair Gets, Engineering Director
Alastair has grown into the role of Engineering Director, having worked for over a year with Tresoc as project manager for the Shine Project. Previously, Alastair worked on various renewable energy projects in his native South Africa, including a way to substitute electricity, paraffin or deforesting wood (for cooking fuel) with clean burning biogas from organic waste. He recently gained an MSc in marine renewable energy at Plymouth University and works part time for RegenSW. Joined Dec 2014.
Steve Munday, Planning Director
Steve worked in Local Government as a town planner for nearly 30 years in a variety of Local Authorities before setting up his own consultancy practice in 2011. In his last post, he was Head of Development Management at South Hams District Council, so he has good local experience of planning policies and processes. Steve believes in communities taking responsibility for the energy they consume and in doing their bit to promote sustainable and renewable sources of energy production. Joined Oct 2012.
Olly Frankland, Policy and Development Director
Olly graduated with a 1st in Biology with Environmental Sciences (BSc Hons) in 2010. He joined TRESOC as an intern and became an invaluable policy researcher, advocate in the local community and communications volunteer, setting up the TRESOC blog and supporting our events. Olly is now Business Advisor with RegenSW. Joined Dec 2014.
Jane Brady, Special Projects
Jane joined TRESOC in 2011 and served as Communications Director until December 2016. Now, as a TRESOC Ambassador, she endeavours to promote its significant accomplishments and to create opportunities for people of all ages to learn about community energy in fun, relevant and engaging ways. She is the mastermind behind The First Ever Archimedes Screw Fest at the hydropower plant at Totnes Weir in October 2016, and is already planning next year’s event.
Sally Murrall-Smith, Admin Manager
Sally has a PhD in Renewable Energy Policy from University of Plymouth (UoP), a Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Policy (Distinction) from Exeter University and an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management also from UoP. During her time as a student she worked as a consultant to the Centre for Sustainable Futures (UoP), started the student group ‘the Cli’mate’ Society’ and volunteered for Friends of the Earth (Birmingham), the Renewable Energy Association and REGEN SW. Since finishing her PhD in 2012 she and her husband have built their own ‘eco-house’ and started a family. Joined Oct 2015.
Catherine Munro, Admin Support
Catherine joined Tresoc in February 2016, providing cover for Sally on maternity leave; and she remains on the team giving Admin Support, including for the website and social media. She has a Masters in Environment & Development and moved back from Ghana to Devon to be nearer family and continue her interests in Community, Environment & Governance. Catherine manages the Gardening For Health project, overseen by the Totnes Trust, for whom she is also the Secretary.
Robbie Dyer, Webmaster