Our Team

The Regen SW team comprises:

Merlin Hyman, chief executive

Merlin has focused his career on proving that environmental technologies, including renewable energy, are not a cost but can be at the heart of a successful and sustainable economy. He has extensive experience of local, national and international sustainable energy policy development and implementation and sits on several government advisory groups.

Merlin has led Regen SW’s successful transition from public funding to an independent not for profit working with industry, communities and the public sector to overcome barriers to the development of renewables and energy efficiency, create local jobs and benefit local communities

Merlin was previously director of the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), where he championed the views of the environmental technology and services industry to the government. He helped lead the debate about to how to ensure that British companies succeed in the rapidly growing worldwide market for low-carbon products and services. Merlin holds an MSc in European Environmental Policy.

Cheryl Hiles, director 

Cheryl is responsible for Regen SW's broad programme of activity to support the delivery of sustainable energy in the region. She works with both the public and private sector to create an environment attractive for investment in sustainable energy; she is a founding director of the Communities for Renewables initiative which aims to bring forward socially responsible business models and social investment for community energy projects. Cheryl also continues to be proactive on planning and policy issues, where she has led a number of successful initiatives to improve policy and practice within the region.

Cheryl began her career as the planning and environmental policy advisor at the South West Regional Assembly, where she was instrumental in setting up the REvision 2010 project to establish sub-regional renewable energy targets. She holds a first class honours degree in Geography and Applied Economics, and an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management. Cheryl was a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a national charity based in Bristol, from 2005-2011.

Johnny Gowdy, programme director

Johnny Gowdy joined the team in November 2008 to head up our extended business support programme, and is now head of supply chain development.  He comes from a background in management consultancy, having been a partner with the global consultancy firm Accenture, where he worked within their energy practice. He has worked with many companies in the UK and abroad, mainly within the oil & gas and utility sectors. He has a wide range of business and commercial experience especially in the area of supply chain and business process improvement.

Johnny is a graduate from Queens College, Oxford University with a honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Chloe Uden, programme manager

Chloe has been a core member of the Regen SW team since 2005. At one stage the finance and operations manager, Chloe is now responsible for the Centre for Business and Climate Change and eViz projects. She has extensive experience managing collaborative activities and developing new projects.

Chloe has a masters in Cultural Management and is particularly interested in how the arts can deliver personal and cultural behavior change.

Lee Richards, programme manager (business & built environment)

Lee is Regen SW's programme manager (business & built environment) and works to provide strategic support to the south west sustainable energy supply chain. He is responsible for understanding the capabilities of businesses in the region, and delivering activities to improve and exploit this capability. Lee is particularly focussed on developing the low carbon building and microgeneration sector in the south west.

Lee has worked assisting businesses in the region for the past 10 years and joined Regen SW from Promar International Ltd where he worked as a business consultant. He holds a first class honours degree and MSc in Business Management.

Hazel Williams, senior analyst

Hazel is responsible for developing and delivering research on sustainable energy markets and technology. She provides analytical support across Regen SW's work streams to team members and projects as required.

Hazel joined Regen SW from the South West Regional Assembly, where she worked on the development of the region's climate change action plan. Hazel holds a first class honours degree in Management with French and an MSc in International Development.

Tim Crook, project manager (technical development)

Tim is a project manager for Regen SW, and works to support the sustainable energy industry supply chain with particular focus on the technological aspects of project delivery.

Tim comes from a background of engineering, having worked in the offshore marine renewables, building services and defence industries. Tim holds a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rachel Hayes, events and membership manager

Rachel is responsible for the organisation and management of all Regen SW events including managing sponsorship of these events.  She also plays a key role in Regen SW's marketing and communications activities, helping promote the south west's position as a leader in sustainable energy.

Rachel is the first point of call for our members and any potential members, and she supports our members in getting the most from their membership.

Rachel has a background in events, marketing and communications.  She joined Regen SW in July 2009 and holds an honours degree in Tourism Management and a CIM diploma in Marketing Communications.  Rachel is also PRINCE2 certified.

Felicity Vivian, membership administrator

Felicity is Regens membership administrator. Ensuring all members administration is dealt with and any queries answered. Felicity has returned to Regen SW in August 2012 after a year of maternity leave and is now part time. Felicity previous full time role was Merlin's personal assistant and making sure that team members have sufficient administrative support to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.

Felicity graduated in 2005 with a degree in Theatre and Performance. Prior to joining Regen SW she has worked as a senior administrator, in defence communications and also as an events manager.

Felicty is currently on maternity leave.

Katrina Jackson, office manager

Joining Regen in September 2011 Katrina has become the central part of Regen SW’s team ensuring the office is the heart of the organisation and creates an effective and positive working environment.

Katrina is the main point of contact for PA support to the CEO and the Board, office management, contracts and project development support, human resources services, and support for the membership and events team.

Katrina has a BA hons in Geography and you can often find her with her nose in a National Geographic.

Donna Marlow, financial controller

Donna is Regen SW’s financial controller and is responsible for the day to day finance processing of the company. She joined the company in 2011 and has taken on the role of managing project finances and cashflow to make the most out of the resources at hand. She provides support for and works closely with the team to ensure maximum project delivery can be achieved using the financial controls as a basis.

Donna trained for her AAT qualification in accounts and auditing at an Exeter based accountancy firm. She is a graduate from the University of Exeter and is a qualified Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Tamar Bourne, project manager (policy)

Tamar is a project manager in the onshore electricity team and works to support strategic decision makers in the development of the sustainable energy sector. She is the first point of contact for local authorities, large-scale solar developers and for issues related to the grid and smart grids. Tamar sits on the national Smart Grid Forum.

Tamar joined Regen SW in May 2012 and has a background in sustainability policy and research. Prior to joining Regen SW, Tamar worked as a policy adviser for the Sustainable Development Commission, which gave her an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of government and experience of applying sustainable development thinking to numerous areas of policy-making.

She has a first class BSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development with Forum for the Future.

Alastair Mumford, business support manager

Alastair is a business support manager on the Ready for Retrofit programme, growing the south west’s retrofit energy efficiency and microgeneration sector. Previously Alastair has played mentoring and management roles in business support programmes within south west and London.

Alastair has been mentoring businesses in the south west for 9 years. Much of this work has been in reducing costs and benefiting from the growing low carbon environmental goods and services sector. He also has an interest in social enterprises and is co-founder of the Topsham Ales co-operative as well as being a voluntary director of the car club co-operative Co-cars for the last 4 years.

Alastair has a first class honours degree, is an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Auditing and a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner.

Joe Sellman-Leava, sales coordinator

When working with Regen, Joe is responsible for events support (including Renewable Futures and Renewable Energy Marketplace) and liaising with people about what Regen can offer to companies and organisations working within the sustainable energy sector - both through membership and though events. In addition to his time with Regen, Joe is currently working with Worklight Theatre, and has worked on performances in Exeter and beyond.

Jodie Giles, project manager (communities)

Jodie is a project manager for Regen SW and is responsible for the community energy support programme. Jodie engages with communities, developers and the wider renewable energy industry to support communities in the development of sustainable energy projects.

Jodie has over 8 years experience working in community engagement, and joined Regen SW from the Eden Project, where she worked on community resilience, bulk energy buying, neighbourhood planning and social inclusion projects. Jodie has a first class honours degree in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting, and is PRINCE2 certified.

Ian Godfrey, programme manager (marine)

Ian is Regen SW’s marine programme manager and works to assist in the delivery of the marine energy sector in the south west. Ian works with public and private sector groups to develop and support the supply chain, advise on policy and market progress and promote the export opportunities for the growing south west marine energy industry. 

Ian has worked in the marine energy sector for the past six years and joins Regen SW from IT Power Ltd where he worked as a senior consultant engineer on the development of wave and tide energy conversion technology. He holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Warwick.

Olly Frankland, business support manager

Olly is a business support manager on the Ready for Retrofit programme. He has good experience in the new policy framework for the energy efficiency industry – ECO funding and the Green Deal. He wants to help bring as much ECO funding to the South West as possible, delivered through local companies installing works, helping create more jobs and saving people money on their energy bills.

Olly has volunteered for Totnes Renewable Energy Society, helped set up a local community tree nursery and is a qualified bicycle mechanic.

He has a first class degree in Environmental Sciences (BSc Hons) from Oxford Brookes University and a distinction grade in Climate Change and Risk Management (PGD) from the University of Exeter.

Teo van der Kammen, supply chain coordinator

Teo is heading up one of the Ready for Retrofit projects which will map and analyse the supply chains of the energy efficiency and microgeneration markets within the South West. He will also be producing a supply chain directory for these markets aimed at supporting local SME businesses.

Teo has joined Regen SW from ACRE, a renewable energy regulator in the Channel Islands where he managed multiple renewable energy related projects. Teo holds a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Marine Renewable Energy.

Kerry Hayes, marine analyst

Having been an intern at Regen SW since June 2012, Kerry has joined Regen following completion of her MSc in Marine Renewable Energy. Kerry is joining Regen as a marine analyst in the offshore renewables team and will also be assisting with the events and membership team. Kerry also holds a BSc in Ocean Science. 




Joel Venn, analyst

Joel is an analyst and technical lead for the onshore team, responsible for renewable energy resource capability analysis and data management. He undertakes GIS site finding, feasibility and resource assessments for onshore projects, responds to press enquiries, and produces the analysis and data for the annual Regen SW Progress Report.

Joel holds a MEng in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter and is general manager of SidEnergy. SidEnergy is a community energy cooperative in Sidmouth, registered as an Industrial and Provident Society.

Jodie Sawatzki, events and membership coordinator

Jodie is Regen SW’s events and membership coordinator, supporting the deliverance of all core activities including Regen SW’s programme of events and membership initiatives. Jodie joined Regen SW in October 2013 after working predominately within sales and marketing capacities within the property sector. Jodie also has experience in event co-ordination having worked within support roles at national and international events. 

Tuija Halonen, business support manager

Tuija joined Regen SW in April 2014 and is working to provide strategic support to businesses in
the South West in the low carbon building and renewable energy sector.

Tuija’s background is in business/project development. She has been working with renewables, resource efficiency and the built environment for over 15 years.
She has an MSc in Energy Technology and Economics and was among of the first to study renewable energy in the UK. In Finland, where she is from, she studied Corporate Management and Marketing.

Associates currently involved in Regen SW's projects:

Keith Gillanders, associate

Keith has worked at Regen SW since 2003 in a variety of areas including wave energy, biomass, and low carbon housing. In 2008 he led the development of a major report The Road to 2020 showing how the south west could meet the government's 15 per cent target for renewable energy by 2020. Currently he plays a leading role in the development of new business support and technology acceleration projects.

Keith has 30 years' experience in engineering and consultancy. He was a VSO volunteer in West Africa and then worked for engineering consultants on electricity schemes and power system planning. Prior to joining Regen SW, Keith was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he managed assignments for utility companies and the government in the UK and overseas. He is an electrical engineer with a MSc in economics.

James Reddy, associate (PR and communications consultant)

James works to promote the south west's position as a leader in sustainable energy. He is responsible for our public relations and public affairs work with the media, councillors and MPs. He is also editor of our publications and our website.

James previously worked as senior media relations executive for the East of England Development Agency, and prior to that he was a public relations consultant and copywriter. James has 10 years' PR and marketing communications experience, and holds an honours degree in Public Media.

Jake Burnyeat, director (Communities for Renewables)

Jake has been working in wind power project development and investment consultancy since 2004.

Prior to founding Green Trust, Jake was a founding team member and chief operating officer of Green Peninsula, a Cornwall based wind power project development and business advisory company working with a client base of international corporations. Before that Jake worked in the Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Finance Group (based in Exeter).

Jake has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and an MA in Social Anthropology and Geography from the University of St Andrews. He has a foundation level qualification in management accountancy (CIMA). He a Yacht Master with 20,000 ocean miles under his belt.