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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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.
Tom Ingram – Business Development Manager
“Door opener and relationship builder…”
Tom works closely with the Distribution Network Operators to find capacity and hunt down potential opportunities. He believes in a professional and polite approach to sales but is relentless in making sure Roadnight Taylor clients make the most of any potential opportunity.
Graduating from Plymouth University in 1997, Tom has an Honours degree in Business. He has worked in sales and management for over 20 years, being involved with several successful businesses, from small start-up to multi-national. He is a well-organised, qualified businessman and entrepreneur. Having previously worked with Hugh, Tom was head-hunted by him to join the expanding team at Roadnight Taylor.
Outside of the office Tom is passionate about cars, motorbikes and motorsport and can usually be found on his drive fettling his latest prize possession. Hobbies without engines include weightlifting and drumming/singing for a local cover band.
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 wife and two young sons, and has ambitions to own a Bernese mountain dog.
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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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Kirsten Kerr-Bonner – Project Support
“Business execution and delivery are her watch-words…”
Kirsten seeks to support the members of the Roadnight Taylor team with her strong process and project management skills. Business execution and delivery are her watch-words and she isn’t scared to let us know when we need to up our efficiency to keep up with hers.
Working for companies ranging from the largest conservation charity in Europe to a small dot.com start-up, Kirsten has a wealth of experience working across differing industries, and delivery to a diverse range of customers.
When she’s not working, Kirsten can usually be found on the hockey pitch, or tennis court or anywhere with a sporty flavour. When not chasing after a ball, she can usually be found walking her energetic Vizla in the woods near her home in Wiltshire, ably assisted by her young son.
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