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
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).
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.
academic and government organisations.
James is an Executive Fellow at Yale University, associated with the Yale Centre of Environmental Law and Policy and holds advisory positions at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, Oxford Martin School, and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
James co-founded and chaired investment bank Climate Change Capital in 2003 and is on the board of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) serving 8 years as Chairman. He is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner and a friend of COP26.
Elaina Elzinga, CFA
Previously investment banker and investment manager at Goldman Sachs. Lead of the Absolute Return and Agriculture team, focusing on uncorrelated investments including hedge funds, credit
and strategic landholdings. Covers the natural resources sector, with a strong interest in the energy transition. Director of Farmcare, Wellcome’s wholly owned UK agriculture company.
CFA Charterholder and read History at the University of Cambridge.
Matt Setchell, Chris Gaydon and David Bird are the named Investment Managers for Octopus Renewables bringing almost 40 years of combined experience in renewable energy.
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 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.
Prior to joining Octopus, 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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