LCE Board Members

Bob Barr (Chair) has lived in Lymm since 1982. Bob represents Lymm North and Thelwall on Warrington Borough Council and is on Lymm Parish Council. Bob is a retired academic having taught geography at Manchester University for thirty years. He is now a Visiting Professor in the Liverpool University Geographic Data Science Lab. Bob was awarded an OBE for “services to geography” in the 2008 New Year Honours list. He has been responsible for, or shadowed, Regeneration, Housing and Property Services at Warrington since 2007. He was an independent Board Member of Helena Partnerships, the St Helen’s Housing Association for 9 years and Chairman of Caribou, Helena and Riverside’s affordable warmth company from 2015 – 2018.

Richard Pearce (Secretary) has a degree in chemical engineering and worked in industry before moving into management consultancy, subsequently specialising in the environmental & energy sectors. Prior to retirement, he worked in the low carbon energy sector for 30 years during which he undertook a wide variety of projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy networks, energy management systems and energy services. He also worked in energy R&D and technology demonstration particularly in developing links between academia and industry and funding for collaborative research. He is a board member of several not-for- profit organisations, was one of the founding members of Low Carbon Lymm in 2009 and has been a Director and Secretary of Lymm Community Energy since its inception. 

Meg Davies (Treasurer) is a Chartered Management Accountant with experience in financial and management accounting, financial planning and analysis and statutory financial reporting.  Meg is currently Finance Manager for the National Football Museum in Manchester and her previous experience was gained whilst working for Accor Hotel group, the accountancy firm Arthur Andersen and Earls Court & Olympia exhibition centres.  Meg also worked as a professional garden designer for a number of years whilst taking a career break from accountancy to raise a family.  Meg has acted as Treasurer for a number of not-for-profit organisations, including Low Carbon Lymm and Lymm Community Energy.

Dave Cowley is currently Head of Service for the Housing Standards & Options Division within the Families & Wellbeing Directorate at Warrington Borough Council. Dave has extensive professional experience of successfully progressing large scale renewables projects as he has had a pivotal role in the important photovoltaic installations across large numbers of social housing across Warrington in partnership with Golden Gates Housing. Dave is passionate about community energy and is committed to seeing Lymm Community Energy succeed. Dave is also a Board member of LiveWire Community Energy.

Mr Jeethendra Rao moved to Lymm with his family in 2016 having lived and worked in Manchester since 2000 and grew up in North Wales. Having trained predominantly in the North West, he is a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon in the region. With life long passion and consciousness for the environment he saw the opportunity to take shares in LCE for his young boys who are/will be attending Lymm primary schools. He wishes to in-still his values to them and the wider community, promoting sustainable energy and transport.

Joan Stocker retired from teaching only to take up a new role as a county councillor. Through this work she gained much experience of acting as a director or trustee of a wide variety of companies involved in the community and social enterprise sector. She also served as a governor and chair of two schools. In her own community she helped with Windermere in Bloom and a group trying to encourage Windermere to be a greener town. Two “Big Green ” events were held and a Fruity Windermere planted fruit bushes and trees around the village in conjunction with the district council. The group wanted to establish solar panels on community builds but regretfully we failed in this objective and perhaps using water power would have been a better idea in the Lakes. 

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