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
In 2009, he took on a portfolio of non-executive directorships at public and privately-owned businesses, and served on the board of 3i Infrastructure Plc for 10 years, mostly as the Senior Independent Director.
Audrey is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
He was formerly a Founder Director of Solar Century and helped to found The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership.
James is currently also Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute.
Elaina Elzinga, CFA
She currently sits on the investment committee for Newnham College, Cambridge and is a Trustee of the Wellcome Trust Pension Plan. Elaina previously worked in investment banking and investment management at Goldman Sachs.
Matt Setchell and Chris Gaydon are the named Investment Managers for Octopus Renewables bringing 25 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.
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