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Managing Director (and founder) - Simon Minett
Simon has more than 30 years experience in the energy sector. He started at ETSU, setting up their energy consulting business before relocating to Belgium to run the European CHP Association, COGEN Europe for 8.5 years as its Managing Director. In 2004, Simon founded Delta Energy and Environment with two colleagues, a business which has grown into a strong research and consulting practice in the UK. In 2009, having left Delta, Simon established Challoch Energy with the goal to be a centre of international expertise in clean energy policy, economics and deployment.
Simon is one of Europe’s foremost experts on Renewables, CHP and energy efficiency policy and deployment. He has a deep knowledge and consulting experience on assessing the economic and environmental performance of CHP and renewable energy plants of all scales, fuels and technologies against national methodologies.
Director (and founder) - Anna Limbrey
Anna is a co-founder of Challoch Energy. She holds a Masters degree (MSc) in Environmental Resources awarded by Salford University, UK. Following a career in sales and marketing in the UK, Anna relocated to Belgium where she worked as Marketing and Membership Manager for COGEN Europe for 8 years. From 2007, she then worked with ERTICO – ITS Europe as Partnership Development Manager until June 2018. She is now fully focusing her time on further developing Challoch Energy’s portfolio of activities.
Anna has an extensive experience of liaising with CEOs and board level executives, being able to liaise closely with clients to ensure needs are met on both sides. She also has a thorough understanding of sustainable transport issues relating to intelligent transport systems and services.
Consultant - Estela dos Santos-Lewis
Estela joined our office in January 2018. She holds a Bachelor of International Trade from Orléans University (France). Before joining Challoch Energy's team, Estela worked for 8 years within a purchasing office in Brussels for Building and Engineering Equipment to be exported to Nigeria. Estela also has experience in the traceability and transport markets, and previously worked in import-export with China and Central America for a diverse range of products.
Consultant - Shahane Bakhshyan
Shahane joined the staff in August 2018 after a successful internship at Challoch within the framework of her Master’s program. She has graduated from UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) in 2018 with Master’s degree in environmental management. She also holds Master’s degree in International trade from UPEC (Université Paris-Est Créteil, France). Shahane has 10-year working experience in Veolia Water company in Armenia with focus on reporting, customer care and team management.
External Consultant - Mike Parr
Mike has been collaborating with Challoch on various energy-related projects since 2013. He holds a degree in Power & Electrical engineering and an MBA. Trained by a UK DNO as an operations engineer, he also has experience in the area of energy saving, specifically in the industrial sector and including SCADA design.
Mike has taken part in various Horizon 2020 projects, including those covering battery storage. He has also been the lead in tendering for utility-scale storage projects as well as those covering stand-alone renewable projects on islands. A current focus of activity is the funding of the energy transition that Europe needs to undertake.
Student Intern - Adriana Calderin
Adriana is a student at the University of Applied Sciences of Offenburg, Germany where she is undertaking a Masters in Power and Data Engineering. Her studies include learning about power plant planning, grid operations, renewable energy production, storage and distribution as well as data analysis relating to operations research, managing complex systems and pattern recognition. She will spend 6 months working on various projects at Challoch with the plan to work in the renewable energy sector once she has finished her studies.
Student Intern - Jason Forster
Jason joined Challoch as an intern in September 2019. He has recently finished university, graduating with an integrated Masters in Environmental Science from the University of York. His dissertation calculated PV potential in 12 different boroughs of London, looking at the potential environmental, social, economic and political impacts of installing solar panels on all viable roofs.
Since university, he moved back to Belgium where he has started his career. Before starting at Challoch, he worked in Brussels where he helped design and run an audit. This audit was designed to determine how sustainable a business’s product or service is, looking at a wide variation of areas, including the bio economy. He will spend 3 months at Challoch, working on microCHP fuel cells, as part of the PACE project.