Neil Lewis – Manager
Neil joined us from Robert Owen Community Banking Fund where he worked as The Community Energy Fund Manager. This multi-award nominated fund helped develop around 20 community owned renewable energy projects across Wales, by loaning over £1.2 million. He previously worked with Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, advising SMEs in rural Carmarthenshire on energy and environmental sustainability. He is a former Chairman of Abergwili Community Council and has a Masters Degree in Energy and Environment from The University of East London. Neil has worked previously as a Dentist and as Welsh Language Spokesperson for the Marine Conservation Society. His interest in clean energy comes from living his childhood on the edge of a very deep, open cast coal mine. Neil was also a Renew Wales Co-ordinator/Mentor. He has driven electric cars 120,000 miles across Wales and is therefore an expert on the lack of charging infrastructure.
Gareth Tucker - Electric Chargepoint Coordinator
Gareth is Electric Vehicle Chargepoint coordinator at Ynni Sir Gâr. He is a chartered engineer and has spent most of his career working with renewable and community energy. As well as his role at Ynni Sir Gâr, he is a director of Seren Energy where he has worked on a number of community energy projects including Ynni Sir Gâr’s wind turbine at Rhydygywdd, and is also a director of other community energy organisations such as Swansea Community Energy And Enterprise Scheme and Ynni Teg. Gareth is a Renew Wales mentor.
Sioned Haf - Coordinator (Part-time)
Sioned works part-time for Ynni Sir Gâr and is based in Llangadog in the Tywi valley. She has a doctorate from Bangor University on community energy in Scotland and Wales and continues to contribute to research in this field. She has organised a number of events to raise awareness of the potential of community owned renewable energy projects and created a graphic novel for schools to explore the sector in more depth. Sioned is a director of DEG (Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig) in north-west Wales and Community Energy Wales. Sioned is also a Renew Wales mentor.
Jane O’Brien – Energy Local Coordinator (Part-time)
Jane works part-time with Ynni Sir Gâr on a number of Energy Local club developments in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Jane has worked within the sustainability sector for over 25 years. Jane has an MSc (Eng) in Energy & Conservation, has worked at the forefront of renewable initiatives, and on successful funding bids including a £2.45 million grid initiative award. Jane is a voluntary Director of Community Energy Pembrokeshire, Renewable Power Pembrokeshire and Grannell Community Energy. Jane is a Renew Wales Mentor, and since 2014, has worked with them on 30+ projects involving business and action planning, funding and energy projects; including working with a number of social enterprises and community buildings and projects involving issues ranging from wind turbine development to food growing, health and well-being.