The management team

Matt Setchell and Chris Gaydon are the named Investment Managers for Octopus Renewables bringing 25 years of combined experience in renewable energy.

  • Matt Setchell

    Matt Setchell

    Co-head of Octopus Renewables

    Matt is Co-head of Octopus Renewables, a team that he started nine years ago and has built to 70 people with over £3 billion of energy assets under management. During this time, Matt led Octopus’s investment into Lightsource Renewable Energy (now Lightsource BP) and oversaw the growth of that business from start-up to exit. He also led the team’s expansion strategy from an initial focus on UK solar PV into on-shore wind and other renewable energy assets across Europe and Australia.

    Matt is Chairman of the Octopus Renewables Investment Committee and member of Octopus Investment’s Executive Committee.

    Prior to Octopus, Matt was an investment manager at Shore Capital and a manager at PwC. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and an Economics degree from Bristol University. 

  • Chris Gaydon

    Chris Gaydon

    Investment Director

    Chris joined Octopus Renewables as an Investment Director in 2015, is a long-standing member of the Investment Committee and a director on several wind and solar SPVs. Chris originated and led one of the largest wind farm portfolio acquisitions in the UK valued at c.£320m and led the Transactions Team that delivered over £1bn of debt and equity transactions.

    Chris now focuses on the origination of acquisition opportunities and has oversight of the transactions from investment through to operations.

    Prior to joining Octopus, Chris was Business Development Director at Falck Renewables where he had a range of roles, including M&A and leading greenfield development in France and Poland. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree from the University of Sydney.

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Octopus Renewables

Octopus Renewables was set up in 2010 as the specialist renewable energy investment business within the Investment Manager based on the belief that investors can play a vital role in helping to avert climate change. Octopus Renewables’ mission is simple: accelerate the transition to a clean energy future through unblocking investment into climate saving assets.

Octopus Renewables is now one of the largest renewable energy investors in the UK with assets under management valued at c.£3 billion. Of those investments c.£1.7 billion has been invested in solar and wind assets at construction stage (of which c.£1.2 billion is now operational with another c.£480 million currently in construction). Octopus Renewables manages on behalf of its clients the largest portfolio of investor owned solar PV parks in Europe. (All data at 30th June 2019)

Octopus Renewables has over 70 employees in the UK and Australia across five teams:

  • Transactions
  • Energy Markets
  • Asset Management
  • Fund Management
  • Business Operations

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