Meet the Board

Chris Matthews, Executive Director

Chris MatthewsChris Matthews has over 37 years of finance experience including 18 years specialising in the financing of technology in the low carbon sector.  While heading up The Co- operative Bank’s renewable energy lending operations, Chris’s team delivered more renewable energy projects than any other financing organisation in the UK, with £800m related to renewables and low carbon technologies.

 

 

 

 

Shelagh Kirkland, Director

Shelagh KirklandShelagh is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for over 10 years in the power and infrastructure lending team at Investec Bank. Previously she was the Company Secretary of a small company specialising in corporate and project finance. She has a broad range of banking and accounting experience and currently provides initial and ongoing client support to UK and overseas clients ranging from covenant monitoring, financing requests and ensuring information and compliance requirements are satisfied. Shelagh is a Governing Body Lay Member for NHS Lewisham CCG and a volunteer for the Royal Society for Blind Children on their Sports without Limits initiative to involve blind and partially sighted people in sport.

 

 

 

 

Mark Henderson, Director   

Mark HendersonMark is an experienced power sector financier, specialising in renewable energy project finance. After 30 years in investment banking, private equity and investment management, he is currently Chief Investment Officer of GRIDSERVE, a developer, constructor, owner and operator of energy storage and sustainable energy projects. His career began at Kleinwort Benson (later Dresdner Kleinwort), advising and lending to many landmark transactions in the power sector across South America, South-East Asia, North Africa and Europe, before joining Société Générale where he initiated their lending to renewable energy, restructured distressed power projects and worked on asset acquisitions in the power sector. Subsequently he established Investec Bank's Power & Renewable Energy project finance team, which won mandates to provide over €1 billion of debt facilities and pioneered mezzanine lending in the renewable energy sector, financing over 1,000MW of renewable energy projects across Europe.