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.
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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Jess Hooley – Operations Manager
“Co-ordination and communication wizard…”
Jess supports all the Roadnight Taylor team with her strong organisational and coordination skills. Superbly adaptable and remaining unruffled, she turns her hand to everything including diary management, keeping the office running smoothly, talking to clients and managing our Stop/GoTM Study mapping process.
Previously an office manager for a staff of over 100 for Carter Jonas in Oxford, Jess has developed excellent operations management skills. She also has plenty of experience with running events, trade stands and charity fundraising campaigns.
Jess has ridden horses from a young age and is an accomplished event rider. She has competed at British Eventing CCI ** level and trained with the British Junior and Young Rider teams. She’s also a keen runner and is currently in training for the Florence marathon.
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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