Each year CCS holds an AGM at which board elections take place, and any member over 18 who is not excluded by law from being the director of an organisation is eligible to stand for the board.
The directors are currently :
Peter Arnold – a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience at board level combined with particular strengths in business & tax planning and project evaluation. He worked for the Rio Tinto Group (international mining) and for GKN (engineering). He groomed companies for listing or trade sale and contributed in facilitating business turnarounds and reorganisations. His international experience included postings in Namibia and Indonesia and his roles at Rio Tinto involved extensive overseas travel. He is a director of Chase Community Solar and chairman of Cannock & District Men’s Probus Club.
Richard Baines – Richard trained as an environmental scientist in architecture. He is currently employed as a sustainability consultant helping housing associations, local authorities and manufacturers to learn about sustainability. He was a director of the National Right to Fuel Campaign; co-authored the Fuel Poverty Fact File and is currently Chair of the Midlands Environmental Business club, the regional branch of the UK-Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Dave Crosby – Elected June 2017, Dave is a qualified Chemical Engineer with more than 20 years experience of improving manufacturing systems and supply chains. He works as a consultant providing process improvement advice.
Doug Haigh – Doug is a retired Chartered Valuation Surveyor, principally engaged, over a 40 year career, in buying selling and managing mainly commercial, retail and industrial property for public and private sector clients. He has lived in Lichfield for 33 years and has served on the board of Chase Community Solar from its beginning, having been an investor in Southern Staffordshire Community Energy’s project and with a keen interest in environmental matters, particularly as they affect the construction industry.
Garry Jones – Born and bred in Staffordshire, Garry has worked in the voluntary sector for most of his career, including 8 years for environmental charities, and 5 years as a charity director/trustee: he is currently Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire. He lives in Hednesford and joined the board of Chase Community Solar in 2016.
Mike Kinghan – Mike is an experienced economic regeneration professional who has worked in senior positions in local authorities and regeneration agencies as well as running his own consultancy business for several years. He was Chairman of the national award-winning Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group for six years, leading the Group in devising a series of energy-saving programmes. In 2012 he was awarded the status of a regional ‘Green Leader’ in recognition of his work with WFEG and advocacy of low carbon communities and in June 2012 was awarded the MBE for services to sustainability and biodiversity in Staffordshire and the West Midlands region.
Robin Powell – a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who has worked on power station equipment, off road vehicles and defence materiel. Since his retirement, his family has invested in two community wind farms, Westmill and Fenland, and a Future Energy Prospects Community Fund as well as a domestic solar thermal system. His family lives near Stafford and is engaged with growing Miscanthus (elephant grass) near Lichfield for biomass electricity generation at Ely and Drax power stations’.
Kate Sadler – Kate graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology and went off to become a primary school teacher. She has a longstanding interest in environmental issues and was a founding member of Low Carbon Lichfield, through which she organised a home energy auditing scheme to help residents take practical action to reduce their adverse effect on the environment. She has recently completed a M.Sc. in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies.
Andrea Simpson – After a 30-year career in telecommunications, Andrea is now retired but spends much of her time caring for her daughter. She has been interested in environmental issues since an early age, and is a founder member of Low Carbon Lichfield. She brings her organisational and administration skills and experience to the position of director and Society Secretary of Chase Community Solar, having also held a similar position on the board of Southern Staffordshire Community Energy since its foundation in 2011.
Robin Taylor – Robin has a professional background in human resources, learning and economic development and area regeneration, working in the private, voluntary and public sectors. This included Birmingham City Council, the Learning and Skills Council and two regeneration zones in the West Midlands. He is a founder director of two social enterprises.
Paul Woodhead – Paul is an Environmental Professional, Master’s-degree qualified and recognised as Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. He has run his own businesses since 2004 and is currently owner and director of his own consultancy, PEW Consultancy Ltd. He serves as a chair of governors in a local primary school, a National Leader of Governance and chair of the Staffordshire Governance Forum. He also serves on the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee. He is involved with the supporters association for Hednesford Town Football Club and presents a weekly current affairs show on Cannock Radio. Chair of the Cannock Chase Green Party, he was elected to represent Hednesford South on Cannock Chase District Council in May 2016.