Doug has a special interest in assisting those with learning difficulties, initially sparked by the fact that his elder son suffers from a complex learning and language disorder. Together with his wife and younger son, Doug has established a Trust in 2006 to cater for him to live as independently as possible in his own home, supported by a team of up to six personal assistants.
As a Cranfield Volunteer, Doug was asked to assist Ormerod in a strategic review in 2008/9, reflecting the need for the organisation to adjust to the changing commissioning environment. Having completed that assignment, Doug was invited to become a Trustee, which he was delighted to accept.
Doug is an independent consultant specialising in strategic development and commercialisation in the low carbon energy sector, including interim project direction and management, business start-up and financing, policy advice and EU funding for large and small scale technologies. His career to date includes developing, managing, financing and advising on power projects and technologies, as a developer, investor, operator and principal with corporate start-ups and multiple CEO/Board positions.
Previous appointments include
Managing Director, Power Capital Ltd – corporate financial advisory and consultancy,
Founding Chief Executive of the New and Renewable Energy Centre UK renewables centre of excellence.
Operations Director for EPR – the UK’s largest renewable energy company at the time.
Senior positions at Kelda plc including founder MD of the renewables business, and Chairman of a US subsidiary developing Biomass Power plants.
Senior technical positions within Alstom power station division (conventional fossil fired power).
His current Directorships include
Trustee and Employer of ME Trust
Founder and Director, Woodlands Power Ltd
Director Stockport Hydro Ltd (community owned small hydro scheme)Director Water Power Enterprises
Director Sustainable Pipelines Ltd