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I started at Belltown in London for a three-month finance internship in July 2018 after a year of travelling. I graduated with an Anthropology degree in 2017 and really was not sure what I was going to go into. I definitely wanted to go into a small business environment which was fast paced and, in an industry, which interested me. After my internship I was hired into the finance team of four, and two years later I have advanced significantly. I had no finance experience before starting, through the supportive environment at Belltown I am now progressing towards being a chartered management accountant. I get a lot of autonomy and authority in this job, even though I am junior in the team, and gives me great pride to have such responsibility.
In my first week at Belltown I was thrown into the social environment (with team archery!) and met the wider sociable team. I never felt like the ‘new person.’ Team socials are something that sets Belltown apart from other companies. The London and Bristol (and the US) get together often for a variety of team activities; from surfing to making gingerbread houses. We are a company of varied ages, but I find it easy to talk to everyone.
I feel Belltown care about their employee’s satisfaction and progression. I feel supported to achieve my potential.
I joined Belltown from a renewable consultancy in 2014 soon after the business was started. I was attracted by the vision of the founders and I was immediately utilised to manage the construction of the first project. I have since been a part of the growing Belltown team and overseen the construction of all the renewable assets within the portfolio. I am now part of the new Belltown development venture where I can utilise the knowledge gained from construction into new development opportunities.
Belltown remains an exciting, friendly and ambitious company which recognises the importance of treating it’s staff well. In addition, Belltown has allowed me to adjust my work hours to better manage my time around family commitments. I continue to be impressed with the achievements of the company in parallel with the great social environment generated by it’s staff.
I first joined Belltown as an investment and transaction intern in 2014 and was immediately taken by how friendly, welcoming and exceptional the folks at Belltown are. This made the decision to return to Belltown following a couple of years at a large consultancy an easy and instinctive decision and since then I haven’t looked back. I initially joined full time as an Associate working with the transaction team and, despite having very little financial or transactional experience, was given a load of responsibility, which has increased in line with my experience over the years.
Belltown have continuously provided training both internal and external where I’ve requested it and have always made me feel that my development is important to the companies development – which I know is an experienced shared by many here. What is probably most important to me is that I feel Belltown trust me and my abilities, which was reflected when I moved to our onshore wind development team despite not having a technical background.
I joined Belltown in 2016 as the junior member of a finance team of three. After working for a big company, I was looking for an opportunity where I had more challenge, responsibility and could progress quickly. Being part of a small team allowed me to learn directly from the finance director and work closely with senior management, which had a huge positive impact on my career progression. The finance team also supported me through my chartered accountant training, whilst providing me as much exposure as possible to relevant experience. At first, I was taken to meetings to listen and learn, and by now I am trusted to deliver the financial services for all our UK investor portfolios.
Belltown did not just provide me a great environment to progress in my career, but also cares about its employee’s satisfaction and wellbeing. The company organised countless socials and knowledge share sessions. I tried many new sports, such as surfing, mountain biking, skiing, archery, travelled to many beautiful places both in the UK and abroad, and learnt some of the basics of engineering and company law.
Belltown is very flexible with its employees regarding remote working, which allowed me to see my family back in Budapest (Hungary) on a regular basis, and therefore have a healthy work life balance. It is rare to find a company that cares about career progression and both the physical and mental health of its employees. Therefore, I feel grateful to be part of the Belltown team.
I started with Belltown in March 2019, as an Asset Manager. Working for a small company, I have gained exposure to the wider renewables industry and have had the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with, the experienced team here at Belltown.
Having recently moved from Glasgow, Belltown’s regular socials have been a great way to get to know Bristol and meet new people. The team manage to create a great office environment and often manage to talk you into an ‘active’ lunch. Belltown’s senior staff are extremely approachable and continue to encourage and support my development within the renewables industry.
I joined Belltown back in March 2014 shortly before the company’s first solar and wind projects became operational. I had just graduated from the University of Bristol and was keen to get involved in a small, ambitious enterprise with similar ethics to my own. Working for such a dynamic company has given me the opportunity to explore and contribute towards different areas of the business, and get a fantastic overview of the renewables industry as a whole.
I started out assisting the operations team, before taking on my own projects as an Asset Manager, and I now oversee the operation and optimisation of a portfolio of wind, solar and hydro projects in my role as a Portfolio Manager. Belltown places great emphasis on creating an enjoyable and productive working environment, and is genuinely committed to employee development.
As a Portfolio Manager, Hayley ensures the smooth operation and optimisation of solar, wind and hydro projects. She has worked within renewable asset management for the past 5 years, developing a thorough understanding of the asset management process, from technical fault mitigation to environmental compliance.
Over the past few years, Hayley has led multiple contract renewal negotiations, insurance claims and large-scale component repairs. She also has experience in managing project onboarding, the development of asset management systems, and in solar fault identification and analysis. Hayley is dedicated to delivering a thorough and reliable service to clients.
UK Offices & CSR Manager
Molly has been with Belltown for 4 years and manages the UK offices and our corporate social responsibility. Molly oversees community liason, educational visits and the running of all our UK based offices. Molly previously spent 3 years working in events management and marketing, following her BA in Media and Cultural Studies.
Junior Development Manager
Daniel is Junior Development Manager for Belltown Power UK with a focus on our Scottish project pipeline.
Within Belltown, Daniel leads our site identification process in Scotland and provides technical support to the wider development team in the form of data analysis and software expertise. Daniel has a background in renewable energy having specialised in this area during his time at the University of Bristol, where he obtained an MEng in Mechanical Engineering.
Senior Development Manager
Pete is a Senior Development Manager for Belltown Power UK and leads on all of the technical and construction aspects of our projects.
Pete has been with Belltown for 6 years and lead the construction team that delivered Belltown’s portfolio of over 200MW of government supported wind, solar and hydro in the UK. Since 2019 Pete has been focussed on the development of new unsubsidised onshore wind projects in the UK, with a particular specialty in grid access and technical design. Pete has 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry having previously worked for 9 years at DNV-GL where he provided technical and project management services for wind and solar energy projects in the UK and other major global markets.
Pete is a Chartered Engineer and has an MEng in Aerospace Engineering from Liverpool University.
Co-Founder and Non-executive Member, Belltown Power Texas
Prior to Belltown, Jeff led strategy and corporate development for Roofing Supply Group (RSG), a $1bn national distributor of building products owned by private equity firm CD&R. Over three-years, Jeff opened 26 new locations delivering over $170M in revenue and $12M in EBITDA. Prior to RSG, Jeff served as the COO of Buck Consultants, a $400M HR consulting and outsourcing business unit at Xerox. Jeff started his career as a consultant with Bain & Company in the US, Europe and Central America and has extensive commercial construction and development experience. Jeff has a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University, an MBA from INSEAD and holds an active CPA license.
CEO, Belltown Power USA
Hernan is CEO of Belltown Power USA and heads up all of Belltown’s US activities.
Hernan joined Belltown in 2017 to lead the expansion into the US and subsequently became CEO of Belltown Power USA. Hernan has over 14 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, spending 9 years at Deutsche Bank (London and NY), and 3 years as a member of the senior management team at Greenwood Energy. Hernan has extensive experience in structuring, raising and deploying capital into renewable energy projects in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Hernan holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honours, and an Baccalaureate in Economics from Universidad de San Andres in Argentina, graduating magna cum laude.
Head of M&A and Project Finance, Belltown Power USA
Dan leads the M&A and project finance activities at Belltown Power USA. Dan has worked in infrastructure and energy investment for 15 years and was central in building Belltown’s UK portfolio. Since 2018, Dan has been in the US, focused on optimizing the US development portfolio. Prior to Belltown, Dan was at John Laing, sourcing and closing investments and project finance in Europe, North America and Australia. He has also worked as a financial/commercial advisor to sponsors on infrastructure projects globally.
Dan has a MEng in Aerospace Engineering from Liverpool University.
COO and Head of Development, Belltown Power USA
Clint is the COO of Belltown USA and leads its development activities. Clint joined Belltown in 2018 and was instrumental in solidifying the PJM strategy as well as overseeing the development efforts in ERCOT. Prior to Belltown, Clint spent over 15 years at DNV GL, where he was most recently the head of Renewables Advisory for North America. During his time at DNV GL, he supported the development, project finance and operation of over 60GW of operating US solar and wind energy projects.
Clint has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelors in Physics from the Colorado College, graduating magna cum laude.
Senior Development Manager, PJM
Since joining Belltown in 2017, Ed has been responsible for leading development of our pipeline of solar PV projects in the US Mid-Atlantic region. His responsibilities include permit management, landowner engagement, interconnection applications and PPA negotiation. Ed has worked in renewable energy development for over 10 years for several leading international development companies. Prior to Belltown, Ed worked in offshore wind at RES supporting the development of a 2GW project in North Wales, UK. This was followed by a period at Solarcentury delivering a pipeline of over 200MW of solar PV projects in the UK and Europe.
President, Belltown Power Texas
Lloyd co-founded Belltown Power Texas in 2016. Prior to Belltown, Lloyd was VP Supply Chain at Roofing Supply Group (RSG). Prior to RSG, he was a Director in the Enterprise Improvement Group at AlixPartners; a global consulting firm specializing in improving corporate financial and operational performance. He has also worked as a consultant with ICG Commerce (now Accenture), and in the operations group at Centex Homes (now Pulte Homes).
Lloyd earned his BBA in Marketing and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Head of Development, UK
Joel is Head of Development for Belltown Power UK and leads our on the ground development activities in the UK.
Joel joined Belltown in 2014. His initial focus was on the delivery of Belltown’s pipeline of ROC and CfD onshore wind and solar assets, ensuring projects were completed on-time, under-budget and met the required quality standards. Since 2019 Joel has been focussed on the development of new unsubsidised onshore wind projects, with a particular specialty in managing the community engagement and planning process. Joel has a total of 13 years’ experience in the renewables industry, with previous roles including the development of GW-scale offshore wind farms at RWE Innogy and the engineering of biogas energy systems in rural, developing communities in India.
Joel has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Wind Turbine Blade Design and Manufacture, both from the University of Nottingham.
CEO, Belltown Power UK
Paul is CEO of Belltown Power UK and heads up all of Belltown’s new UK activities.
Paul has been at Belltown since it’s foundation in 2013. He acted initially as an Investment Director leading investments across wind, solar and hydro, then for two years as Managing Director of the group and since 2020 as CEO of Belltown Power UK, fully focussed on developing new projects across the UK and Europe. Paul has built experience across multiple technologies, multiple geographies and across the full renewable energy project lifecycle.
Prior to Belltown, Paul worked at the Boston Consulting Group, primarily in the Private Equity and Energy practice areas. Paul holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas School of Business, graduating with honors, and an MA in Mathematics from The University of Edinburgh, graduating top of class.
COO, Belltown Power UK
Andy is COO of Belltown Power UK and is responsible for all operational aspects of our new UK activities. Andy co-founded Belltown Power in 2013 alongside Mike Kaplan and Tom Hill-Norton.
Andy has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. He started his career working for DNV-GL, the world’s leading independent renewable energy consultancy, where he provided a wide range of technical and project management services across most major markets throughout the world, leading to the successful deployment of over 5GW of installed capacity. In the four years before starting Belltown, Andy set up and ran the Project Development Service Group at DNV-GL providing turnkey and bespoke Project development services to UK developers.
Andy has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from Birmingham University, UK.
Lawrence is a Development Manager for Belltown Power UK with a focus on our Welsh project pipeline.
Lawrence is an engineer with 5 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. Prior to Belltown, he worked for DNV GL in the UK and India, consulting on a wide range of projects. He has worked across the full lifecycle of wind energy projects and previously oversaw the asset management of Belltown’s large operational wind assets. Lawrence is now focussed on the development of new unsubsidised onshore wind projects in the UK, with a particular specialty in operational design implications.
Lawrence has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
James is a Senior Development Manager for Belltown Power UK and leads our Welsh development efforts.
James joined Belltown in 2016 as Associate and then Senior Associate in Belltown’s investment team. During that period, James led or supported on successful wind, solar and storage transactions totalling over 200MW and continues to oversee new and existing fund and ventures investments on behalf of Belltown’s investment partners. Since 2019, James has been responsible for identifying and progressing Belltown’s unsubsidised onshore wind development pipeline in Wales, as well as providing commercial and financing expertise to the wider Belltown Power UK team.
Prior to Belltown, James worked for Accenture and has a BA in European Social and Political Studies and an MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment, both from University College London.
Matthew joined Belltown in 2017 as a Portfolio Accountant and is responsible for the day to day financial management for UK Investor portfolios, with duties ranging from financial/management reporting to senior debt management. Prior to Belltown, Matthew worked at RBS in their Corporate and Commercial Portfolio Management division shortly after graduating with an Accounting and Finance with Management degree.
Emilie has been working in the renewables sector for over 3 years. Her experience includes working for two offshore wind developers in Germany as well as for a strategic consultancy in the UK. Originally from Switzerland, Emilie studied earth sciences and oceanography in Marseilles and environmental sciences in Hamburg. At Belltown Power, Emilie is responsible for the optimised operation of the solar assets in one of our largest portfolios.
Tom is Senior Associate in the transaction team having joined Belltown in 2014 as an intern. His role includes origination, valuation and transaction management through acquisition, financing and exit. He has now worked on over 2GW of deals across technologies (onshore and offshore wind, solar, storage) and geographies (UK, Europe and US). At Belltown, Tom is responsible for financial, market and regulatory analysis. Prior to Belltown, Tom studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, receiving a BA (Hons) and MSci.
Sally is a chartered civil engineer with 7 years’ experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Belltown, as a Senior Engineer at Atkins she was responsible for the structural asset management of a portfolio of offshore structures, having previously performed technical and project management roles in the nuclear sector. At Belltown, Sally leads a team of asset managers responsible for the effective operation of a 136MW mixed portfolio of onshore wind and ground-mounted solar, representing the investor’s interests in all stakeholder interactions including lender, O&M contractors, insurers, landowners and offtakers to ensure production is optimised, maximising return on investment. She also help to manage health & safety having recieved her IOSH qualification.
Head of Asset Management
Matthew has been advising the renewable energy sector for over 10 years, where he held an Associate Director role in EY’s Energy Corporate Finance team. He has advised on the investment of over 1GW of onshore wind, solar PV, hydro, biomass and energy from waste projects. This involved the raising of equity and senior debt project finance, including a large proportion of the assets that Belltown now manage on behalf of investors. Prior to EY he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. At Belltown, Matthew is responsible for leading the asset management team and providing a comprehensive and proactive service to our clients.
Charles is a corporate lawyer with over 10 years’ experience advising on renewable energy projects in the UK and abroad. He has worked in private practice in Australia and the UK, including as part of the corporate legal team at Withers LLP in London for four years. In 2012 Charles became General Counsel of Green Hedge which developed and financed over 20 utility-scale solar farms. Charles joined Belltown as General Counsel in 2016 and manages Belltown’s legal affairs. He is also involved in project development, acquisitions, financings, and disposals, as well as assisting with asset management and investor relations. Charles is dual qualified and admitted as a solicitor in England and Australia. Charles has a B.Laws from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Prior to Belltown, Dani spent 8 years at John Laing and HCP, the leading provider of infrastructure management services in the UK. At John Laing, Dani was Senior Finance Manager for Renewable Infrastructure. She was responsible for the delivery of all financial services for a portfolio of renewable projects in the UK and Europe, as well as providing support on the acquisition and financing of all John Laing’s Renewable Energy investments. Dani has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town and gained the CIMA qualification at BPP London.
At Belltown, Dani is responsible for the management of the finance function including accounts, treasury, forecasting and financial reporting for Belltown and its clients.
Founder and Director
Tom has been investing in renewable energy projects since the end of 2006. Prior to Belltown he raised and invested a series of renewable energy funds for Guinness Asset Management and worked with the energy investment team at Actis on renewable energy investments in emerging markets. Prior to 2006, Tom worked in corporate finance (with JP Morgan, Flemings and Fredericks Michael) and strategy consultancy with The Boston Consulting Group. Tom has an MA (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh and an MBA from INSEAD.
Ben is responsible for the management of the solar assets across two of Belltown’s portfolio, including both ground mounted and rooftop projects. Ben has a background within solar O&M, having previously worked for British Solar Renewables, where he was involved in the monitoring, operation and optimisation of their 550 MW solar portfolio. He graduated from Strathclyde University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
Lily joined Belltown in July 2018 on a Finance internship and progressed to joining the finance team in October 2018. Lily is mainly responsible for Belltown accounting systems and helps the wider finance team on financial management for the UK investor profiles. She is responsible for Belltown Farms accounting; a subsidiary company of Belltown Power.
At Belltown, Bill manages both Wind and Hydro portfolios, focusing on project performance and optimisation whilst providing support to the wider asset management team. This support involves intricate data analysis and technical operational diagnosis to produce concise reports. Since graduating with a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol Bill has engaged in a wide range of science and technology, stretching from photonics to nuclear energy. Now Bill is a key contact for investors and scheme stakeholders, ensuring long term revenues and high investor satisfaction.
Fraser joined Belltown in 2016 soon after graduating from the University of Bristol with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Fraser has worked on solar, wind, hydro and battery assets in both a performance analysis and asset management role and currently manages one hydro scheme, one solar site and two Tesla batteries. In addition to his asset management role, Fraser continues to perform in-depth performance analysis such as operational yield estimates and develop analysis tools to provide a greater understanding of asset performance and potential areas for optimisation.
Senior Finance Manager
Nhungi is our Senior Finance Manager and is responsible for the delivery of financial services for the UK Investor portfolios. She has been working in the renewable energy sector for over five years and qualified as an ACCA Chartered Accountant within two years. She completed a BA degree in Finance and Accounting, and a MSc degree in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Belltown, Nhungi was a Financial Analyst at Lightsource Renewable Energy, where she was responsible for bank reporting and assessing the financial performance of various renewable energy project portfolios.
Prior to Belltown, Michael was a partner at Albion Ventures LLP. Between 2009 and 2013 Michael helped to establish Albion as one of the pioneering investors in the UK’s community scale renewable energy sector. Prior to Albion, Michael worked at The Boston Consulting Group and before that, the Chief Financial Officer of Widevine Technologies, a security software company (sold to Google in 2010). Michael has a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from INSEAD.
Bailey joined Belltown in 2018 and now manages both Wind and Solar assets, working to control potential risks while ensuring optimal performance. Prior to Belltown, Bailey worked in Wealth Management after graduating with a Physics degree from Bristol University.
Simon is a Chartered Engineer with expertise in renewable energy analytics and tool development. Prior to joining Belltown, Simon worked at DNV GL leading algorithm development on their wind digital twin service. He has extensive experience in performance analysis, optimisation and energy yield assessments for operational wind and solar projects both in Europe and North America; wind and solar short-term power forecasts; and tidal energy resource assessments. Simon is Belltown’s System Manager, primarily responsible for data collection from renewable power plants, as well as the development of tools and processes to maximise value from this data. Simon has an MEng in Engineering Design from Bristol University.
The vital role onshore wind has in tackling climate change is clear, but by collaborating with us you will also be contributing to more local environmental causes. Species protection funds, habitat creation, increasing knowledge and understanding through ecology surveys and flora and fauna management schemes are just some of the ways you can help enhance your local natural surroundings.
By their very nature, wind farms are mostly located in rural areas which otherwise often struggle to secure financial support or sources of funding. By working with us you can help your local communities receive guaranteed income for the operational life of the wind farm. Our Community Benefit Fund schemes have already helped build primary schools, repair ageing community centres, provide playgrounds and setup sports and social groups for both young and old.
Through our projects you can help provide funding for local school educational site visits and workshops. This allows future generations to learn about climate change and the important role of onshore wind. Help us inspire young minds.
Philip has been involved in the renewable energy sector for the past 14 years. He has investment experience across technologies from wind farms and solar parks at Consensus Business Group to fuel cells at Conduit Ventures. Philip has a track record both as a Principal Investor and as a Structured Finance Advisor, having most recently led Excalibur Group’s Offset Investment Business, which including aircraft, automotive, and communications asset finance. Philip has a BSc from the London School of Economics. At Belltown, Philip is responsible for deal sourcing, execution and managing fundraising.
Prior to Belltown, David was Chief Financial Officer of multiple VC backed companies which he led to IPO or trade sale. In 2005 he co-founded BlueGlue, a revolutionary recruitment concept for the technology market, which was sold in 2014 to a US PE backed recruitment company. David began his career at Unilever and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
At Belltown, David is responsible for management of the finance function including accounts, treasury, forecasting, and financial reporting.