Mark Henderson (Chair) – Board member Leapfrog Finance, Pure Leapfrog
Mark 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.
David Short – Sustainable Investing Solutions
David Short has a wealth of knowledge of the renewable energy sectors from a technical, developer and banking perspective. He is well placed to advise clients on renewable energy development from market entry, regulation and policy, through to bankability, operations and disposal.
Prior to establishing Sustainable Investing Solutions, David had worked at Mizuho Financial Group since 2000 with an initial focus on structuring renewable energy transactions utilising tax benefits where applicable. He transferred to the bank’s power and advisory team in 2007 to head up and develop the renewable energy practice covering Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Before Mizuho, he worked for the RBS group in the leasing and structured finance divisions where he developed a number of financial solutions supporting small and medium sized renewable energy project developers.
David is passionate about renewables and has over 25 years experience in the sector. He has spoken about renewable energy and waste-to-energy at numerous conferences and seminars around the world, including the UK, France, Spain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and Tunisia.
Ben Hugues – Camco
Benjamin joined Camco in 2012 and is one of the founding members of its funds business, setting up and successfully delivering on fund management mandates totalling $220 million.
He has worked on a diverse range of debt and equity transactions for renewable energy projects across Africa, Asia and North America with total project costs in excess of $1.5bn.
Prior to Camco, Benjamin worked at leading bank Standard Chartered on its currencies and commodities structuring desk, where he developed hedging solutions and trading systems for the bank’s $1.2 billion foreign exchange business.
An engineer by training, Benjamin started his career at Terex, a leading industrial group in construction equipment. At Terex, he worked in various engineering and finance functions, ultimately leading the analytics team of a $2 billion division for asset valuation, portfolio management and risk management.
Benjamin has an MBA from London Business School and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Grande Ecole ENSIACET in Toulouse, France.
Keith Starling – Big Society Capital
Keith works in the Investment Team and is responsible for monitoring and managing the portfolio of investments and ensuring that intermediaries develop and grow in order to maximize their financial and social impact.
Before joining Big Society Capital, Keith was Chief Financial Officer at Gartmore Group. Prior to Gartmore, Keith was Chief Financial Officer, Europe ex-Switzerland at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Earlier in his career Keith held roles at River & Mercantile Investment Management, Mercury Asset Management, British & Commonwealth Group and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Keith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Stephen Nash - Kuungana Advisory
Stephen Nash is an energy economist, transaction adviser and founder of Kuungana Advisory. He is a Chartered Accountant with 13 years of experience. Before setting up Kunngana, Stephen led consulting projects in the power sector of both PWC and Baringa Partners.