Pure Leapfrog Board of Trustees
Mark Henderson, Chair
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.
Shelagh Kirkland, Treasurer
Shelagh 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.
Simon Cordery, Trustee
Simon Cordery works across the energy, property and environmental industries as they continue to converge. He is at the leading edge of commercial ventures in brownfield regeneration, renewable energy generation and cleantech development. He started his career with ERM and Environ, and was a founding member of the Savills Energy and Tamar Energy teams. He has worked with renewable energy funders, developers and operators at director level on several gigawatts of generation. He is currently supporting clients across market entry, development and consolidation. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, USA and King’s College, London. He is married with 3 children and lives in Wiltshire
Michael Jampel, Trustee
Michael is an independent advisor specialising in helping clients understand how central government really works, and in energy and energy efficiency policy and financing. Michael was previously a civil servant, with extensive experience in different areas of regulation across a number of departments and a regulator. Michael has also worked in many areas of energy policy, including renewables, especially offshore wind, electricity and gas regulation, nuclear power, business and public sector energy efficiency and electricity demand reduction, and sponsorship of Ofgem E Serve. Michael also created and oversaw the Community Energy Unit. These were all in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), previously known as the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Graeme Ludlow, Trustee
Graeme Ludlow is Managing Director of Energy Matrix, providing consultancy for energy storage and renewable energy projects. He works with project developers, manufacturers and investors, specializing in market strategy, techno-economic modelling and unlocking finance with novel structures. Graeme has spoken for the Renewable Energy Association, Electricity Storage Network and Department for Energy and Climate Change, presented at numerous trade shows and conferences, and participated in World Bank, IETA and CIMA working groups. He helped develop a Recommended Practice for grid-connected storage as a member of the GRIDSTOR Steering Committee.
Graeme is currently focussed on de-risking energy storage projects and making new technologies more bankable. He previously served as Commercial Director of redT plc, a flow battery manufacturer listed on the LSE, where he launched the company’s first product range, and Portfolio Director of Camco Clean Energy, where he headed up the emission reduction business. Graeme is a qualified FCA and holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University