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 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. He has project managed a range of community energy projects for both Low Carbon Lymm and Lymm Community Energy including grant funded projects such as the Local Energy Assessment Fund, Urban Community Energy Fund, Green Open Homes and the Big Energy Saving Network/Week.

He is a board member of several local not-for-profit organisations – Friends of Spud Wood CIC, The Lymm Sanctuary Hub and Sanctuary Café Lymm CIC.

Richard Catchpole is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He has worked in industry for over 30 years, as an Engineer, Production Manager, Business Manager and CEO. Prior to setting up his own consultancy company he was CEO for a £100m turnover company, developing and globalising the company through acquisitions and setting up manufacturing in India and the Asia Pacific region. He now devotes his time to assisting CEOs and Boards of manufacturing and engineering companies enhance their businesses, alongside voluntary work in the education and renewables sectors. He recently qualified as a Low Carbon Expert via the European Centre of Technology (ECT) programme.

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 at Warrington & Vale Royal College, previously 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.

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 and Facial Plastic Surgeon in the region, working in the NHS and Private Practice. With life long passion and consciousness for the environment he saw the opportunity to take shares in LCE for his young boys. He wishes to in-still his values to them and the wider community, promoting sustainable energy and transport, by adopting solar power and electric vehicle transportation.

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. 

Rachel Waggett (Co-opted Director) has lived in Lymm since 2002 and has two children attending Lymm High School. She has worked in the field of sustainable buildings for many years, most recently in local government for Warrington Borough Council and Liverpool City Region. At Warrington, Rachel was part of the team bringing forward solar photovoltaic and energy efficiency projects and she has a great deal of experience in the practical implementation of low carbon technologies.

Rachel was a founder member of Low Carbon Lymm and acted as secretary for a number of years. 

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