The Roadnight Taylor Team
Hugh Taylor – CEO
“Going to the edges of our expertise to make schemes work is what excites me…”
Hugh is from an Oxfordshire farming family and has been in the energy sector for over eight years. During this time he has been involved with well over 500MW of large-scale and commercial-scale energy schemes for private, corporate and public sector clients across a range of technologies.
Hugh sits on expert panels for all six of the UK’s Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) giving him first-hand knowledge and understanding of their procedures and ongoing strategies. He also has a deep understanding of National Grid’s Capacity Market and its various balancing markets. Hugh is a regular consultee to BEIS and Ofgem, as well as a popular speaker at industry events.
Away from the office, Hugh is a keen trail runner and country sportsman, and on winter Sunday mornings can be found coaching youth rugby for his son’s local club in Chipping Norton.
Richard Palmer – Senior Consultant
“Provides a vision and delivers change…”
Richard is responsible for delivering and optimising our client’s behind the meter energy solutions. He has over 20 years energy industry experience holding senior commercial roles at one of the Big Six energy supply companies involving energy procurement, demand forecasting, hedging and trading strategies, renewable generation and retail tariff pricing, product development and risk management. He also provided professional consultancy services to niche green supply and energy trading businesses.
In 2009, Richard qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and gained 10 years of rural estate management experience. He launched an energy department for a regional rural property firm where he spent six years as Head of Energy and Rural Estate Business Management. More recently, he developed an energy services proposition at a national property consultancy firm.
Outside of the office, Richard is passionate about all ball sports, enjoys swimming and running, driving a 1957 Fordson Major and, most importantly, spending time with his young family.
Philip Bale – Network Engineer
“Problem solver who knows grid inside-out…”
From a senior role at Western Power Distribution (WPD), Philip is well known and highly respected among all the Distribution Network Operators’ teams. Philip brings Roadnight Taylor a highly experienced technical understanding of distribution networks, smart grids and battery storage integration. He finds our clients innovative solutions to lower the costs of their grid connections, and removes barriers that would otherwise prevent schemes from being financially viable.
After graduating (1st class honours, Electrical Engineering) Philip worked for WPD, responsible for pioneering solutions to connect increasing levels of renewable energy. Most recently, Philip was Primary System Design Team Manager for WPD, managing East Midlands 33kV and 132kV network developments, including all reinforcement projects and distributed generation connections.
Philip is from West Country farming stock, has a young family and in his spare time lends his skills to helping disadvantaged communities in developing countries to overcome issues of pollution and access to clean heat and power.
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Kathryn Smith – Energy Analyst
“Exceptional analytical skills, market knowledge and sharp mind …”
Kat has a first-class maths degree and a Masters degree in maths, both from the University of Oxford. In her previous role as Senior Pricing Analyst for the Drax-owned, non-domestic energy supplier, Opus Energy, her team forecasted non-commodity costs for electricity and gas supply pricing, analysed tariffs and determined pricing.
Her exceptional analytical skills, wholesale and retail market knowledge and sharp mind support Roadnight Taylor’s thought leadership and a broad range of our consultancy services – modelling energy storage and flexibility revenue stacks, analysing clients’ tariff structures and half-hourly data, and modelling future energy scenarios… to name but a few.
After learning to ski a few years ago, Kat is now a regular on the slopes of both Europe and the indoor centre at Milton Keynes. She’s now trying out snowboarding and may even challenge Hugh to a snowboarding run soon!
Lucy Taylor MRICS – Operations Director
“I crave order, efficiency and uniformity…”
From site identification to eventual commissioning of any power scheme, there are countless complex tasks to be completed and deadlines met. Ruthlessly organised, Lucy is responsible for ensuring that the Roadnight Taylor team deliver everything to the highest possible standards.
Lucy graduated from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College with an Honours Degree in Rural Estate Management. She qualified as a rural practice Chartered Surveyor in 1996, and went on to manage large estates across the country for private clients and charitable institutions. She also gained valuable site acquisition and planning experience whilst working for Orange.
Away from the office, Lucy is a keen gardener and frustrated bee-keeper, and also enjoys spending time by the seaside in north Pembrokeshire.
Mike Carter – Development Consultant
“Extraordinary knowledge around delivering a successful renewables project”
Having held Commercial and Managing Director roles for both solar and wind developers, Mike brings over 12 years of renewables development expertise to the team.
Mike has extraordinary knowledge around delivering a successful renewables project encompassing commercial, technical and legal aspects. He has been involved in the delivery of more than 500MW of renewables projects ranging in size from 50kW to 45MW– including preparing tender documents, benchmarking tenders, reviewing contracts, and managing the installation of small-scale to large-scale solar and wind farms. As a qualified engineer, he also supports us with optimising the performance of clients’ new and existing renewables schemes through our HealthChecks.
Out of the office and when not travelling, Mike enjoys exercising and as well as walking with his dogs, is a regular at his local parkrun. He is married with two grown-up children and when possible likes to get away with his wife on his canal boat.
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Graham Taylor – Design Engineer
“It’s all about the detail…”
Graham (no relation to Hugh or Lucy) oversees the engineering and design work for Roadnight Taylor. He has completed over 300MW of successful grid applications, over 150MW of designs and planning application packs, and over 5MW of commercial-scale power plant design.
Graham graduated from Dundee University in 2003 with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and went onto gain significant experience both as a building services engineer and as a sustainability engineer. He has been involved in many high-profile projects, including Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the Wroughton Airfield solar farm, one of the largest in the UK.
Away from the office, Graham is a keen tri-athlete and has a healthy obsession with electric vehicles. He lives in Oxfordshire with his young family, and has ambitions to own a Bernese mountain dog.
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Kelly Smart – Office and Events Manager
“Efficiency and productivity par excellence…”
With her early career as cabin crew for a UK airline, Kelly has developed strong customer service and communication skills, as well as being super-efficient, adaptable and calm under pressure. She brings all those excellent qualities to her role with Roadnight Taylor. Her organisation and people skills have been honed in a number of administration, operations and managerial roles in various sectors including property, training, hospitality and transport.
Kelly is responsible for co-ordinating the office and our systems, managing the team diaries, and organising our company events and presence at tradeshows. She also liaises with our clients and helps deliver some of our desk-based services.
Kelly loves to travel and any sporty challenge. She has recently got the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) bug. So, when she’s not keeping us in order, she’s off testing her balance and discovering the waterways, lakes and (calm) seas of the UK.
Roland Billington – Planning Consultant
“Works with all stakeholders to ensure the most successful outcomes”
Roland has a huge amount of planning and development experience working in the private and public sector. Most recently, he spent six years as Head of Development with a well-regarded solar and battery storage developer where he achieved over 60MW of planning consents across nine large-scale solar sites and 100MW across ten battery storage sites.
In all the renewable energy development applications Roland has worked on, his key to success is his close working relationships and regular dialogue with all the relevant stakeholders. This allows him to get the best possible outcomes for our clients. His professional and diligent attitude provides an assurance that nothing gets forgotten during a planning submission.
Outside work, Roland can be seen cycling around the country lanes of Bath on his road bike or downhilling in the Forest of Dean on his mountain bike with his son.
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Rebecca Johnston – Third-Party Consents Consultant
“Co-ordinating consents to ensure clients’ projects are delivered successfully”
Rebecca has joined us from a senior role managing a team of Estates and Wayleaves Officers at Electricity North West Ltd. She has a huge amount of experience in obtaining land consents (wayleaves and easements) from third party landowners, statutory bodies and local planning authorities (LPAs) for a wide range of schemes from small domestic connections, to diversions for new development sites and large-scale renewable projects.
Rebecca has the training, experience, contacts, commerciality, professionalism and – importantly – the soft-skills necessary to clear away third-party barriers to the successful delivery of our clients’ development projects.
Rebecca read Business Studies and has a Masters in Urban Regeneration and Architectural Conservation. Outside of the office, her young, lively Labrador encourages her and her husband to take long walks, she loves to travel and experience different cultures – and she has recently taken up ballet classes as an alternative to going to the gym, which she hates!
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Polly Stevenson – Marketing Communications
“Loves getting her teeth into a blog or two…”
A queen of creativity, content and communications, Polly keeps our website, social media, newsletter and PR wheels rolling. She loves getting her teeth into a blog or two and like Lucy, she keeps us on our toes with her high-attention to detail.
Polly has worked in marketing and PR for 20 years, starting her career with highly regarded brands in the agricultural industry. She’s also spent time working in the financial services industry focusing on marketing to small and medium sized businesses. She holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and is a member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
When she’s not working, you’ll either find Polly helping on her parents arable and sheep farm in Dorset; walking with her children and labrador around her home in Wiltshire; or relaxing in the family bolt-hole on the Isle of Wight. She has dreams to travel a little further afield in her retirement!
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