The team

Board of directors

The Company has an independent board of non-executive directors from relevant complementary backgrounds with experience in investment management, investment trusts, corporate governance and renewables.

Phil Austin, MBE

Phil Austin, MBE

Non-Executive Chair
Chair of the Nomination Committee
Spent most of career in banking with HSBC in London and, latterly, in Jersey as Deputy CEO of the Bank’s Offshore business. Founding CEO of Jersey Finance Ltd, the body that represents and promotes the Island’s finance industry, both at home, and internationally.
 
Non-executive director of portfolio containing both private and publicly owned businesses. 

Chairman of Jersey Electricity plc.
 
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Awarded an honorary doctorate in business from the University of Plymouth (October 2015) and an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list (January 2016).
Audrey McNair

Audrey McNair

Non-Executive Senior Independent Director
and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Non-executive director and Chair of Audit Committee for Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited. Executive career across buy and sell side in City of London, gaining extensive knowledge of regulatory, governance and investment management processes and products.

Worked at Aberdeen Asset Management plc from May 2008 to March 2016, starting as Head of Internal Audit (EMEA) and becoming Global Head of Business Risk and responsible for the group’s risk management framework and internal capital adequacy assessment.
James Cameron

James Cameron

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Management Engagement Committee
An award-winning authority in the global climate change movement and a qualified Barrister with 30+ years’ experience, James serves on a number of boards and advisory committees across business, finance, legal, academic and government organisations.

James is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and Environment, Imperial College London, Chairman of Crown Agents, a senior advisor to Pollination Global and a Director of Africa’s fastestgrowing solar company, Ignite Power.

He is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner and a Friend of COP26.
 
Elaina Elzinga

Elaina Elzinga

Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Currently a Principal in Investments at the Wellcome Trust, a global charity committed to improving human health and funded from a diverse, unconstrained portfolio of over ÂŁ37 billion.

Previously investment banker and investment manager at Goldman Sachs. Lead of Absolute Return, where she is responsible for Wellcome’s partnerships with managers that have low equity market correlations, including multi-strategy and credit hedge funds, and their climate strategy.

Covers the natural resources sector, with a strong interest in the energy transition, and led the development of Wellcome’s net zero strategy for its investment portfolio. Member of the IC for Newnham College, Cambridge. CFA Charterholder and read History at the University of Cambridge.

Management team

Chris Gaydon and David Bird are the named Investment Managers for Octopus Energy Generation bringing over 30 years of combined experience in renewable energy.

Chris Gaydon

Chris Gaydon

Investment Director
Chris joined Octopus Energy Generation as an investment director in 2015, is a long-standing member of the OEGEN’s Investment Committee and a director of several of OEGEN’s wind and solar special purpose vehicles.

Chris originated and led one of the largest wind farm portfolio acquisitions in the UK valued at c.ÂŁ320 million and led the transaction team that delivered over ÂŁ1 billion of debt and equity transactions. Chris now focuses on the origination of acquisition opportunities and fundraising, as well as strategic investments in related sectors.

Prior to joining the Octopus Group, Chris was a business development director at Falck Renewables where he had a range of roles, including in 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.
David Bird

David Bird

Investment Director
David is an investment director who joined the Octopus Energy Generation team in 2014 and works full-time on fund management for ORIT.

As well as working in the transaction team leading acquisitions and project finance debt raising in the UK, France and Ireland, David has previously led the team responsible for the management of Octopus Energy Generation’s bioenergy investments and has represented Octopus Energy Generation on a number of industry panels convened by Ofgem, the GB energy regulator.

Prior to joining the Octopus Group, David was a director at Walbrook Capital, a boutique investment manager with a particular focus on renewables. He is a chartered accountant having qualified at EY, and holds a Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University.

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