Tom Parkinson

Director, Energy Local

Tom is a solicitor who helped with the 2011 launch of Co-operative Energy, for whom he continues to work as a consultant. Tom joined the Board of Westmill Solar Co-operative in 2013 and became Chair in 2016. Inspired by Westmill members’ desire to buy the electricity generated by the site, he co-founded Energy Local in November 2013. Energy Local is a social enterprise enabling local communities to ‘pool’ consumers’ electricity demand with local renewable generation. After a successful trial in Oxfordshire, an Energy Local ‘club’ was formally established in Bethesda, North Wales in late 2016, the pioneer for a nationwide network of similar clubs.