SCE team


SCE Board meetings are open to Observers and we welcome all expressions of interest in joining our Board. See more information on the role here

Sonya Bedford MBE, Director

Sonya is a Partner with Stephens Scown solicitors; a Non-Executive Director at Regen SW; a Director at Exeter Community Energy and South Dartmoor Community Energy; vice chair of Green Wedmore and chair of the committee for her local branch of the Energy Institute. Sonya is currently undertaking her MSc in Renewable Energy at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Her strengths lie in dealing with all aspects of hydro, wind, solar PV, biomass and anaerobic digestion projects from feasibility through to construction and funding. Sonya has a particular expertise in accessing grid; of development of alternative connections and licensed and local supply. Published papers include – green belt and solar development, local supply, solar thermal, asset management for renewables and optimising AD projects.

Her recent experience also includes acting for over 20 community energy groups – from set up/funding/site acquisition to development and subsequent generation.

With Sonya’s leadership, the Energy Team at Stephens Scown has gone from strength to strength over the last six years: from seeing its first 1.5 MW solar farm in 2010 to now being responsible for over 500MW of renewable energy projects.

Alison Craig, Founding Member and Development Manager

Alison is a project manager, campaigner and writer. She holds an honours degree in English and a postgraduate qualification in nature conservation. She initiated and co-founded Salisbury Community Energy with Tom Burnett, Benji Goehl and Dave Dunford. She also works part-time as a Practice Manager for a complementary health centre in Salisbury. Previous roles have been with Age UK and Plantlife International. She was campaign manager of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics (farm antibiotics campaign), and a Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party in 2015. Alison previously held a regional post working for Caroline Lucas MP.

Caroline Lanyon, Director

Caroline has lived in Salisbury for over forty years and is married to Peter Hugall. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Brighton Art College and is a well-established freelance costume-maker, specialising in theatre. Her creations have appeared in productions at the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, and in Les Miserables and Wicked, among many others.                     

Caroline has taken a leading role in successful campaigns, for example, against Cruise missiles in the 1980s. She has also led various social, arts and political campaigns in Salisbury including Save Our Arts Centre, Save The Odeon, Save Ashley Green, Save the Market Place Trees, and a peace campaign. 

Her focus now is to develop her own costume-making courses in order to pass on her skills and experience. She has run courses at the National Portrait Gallery, and taught at Bournemouth and Poole Universities. 

Caroline has always been interested in renewable energy. She regards SCE, a co-operative community energy group, as the ideal vehicle to achieve a large-scale shift to renewables.

Scot Ramsay, Member and Advisor

Scot holds a first class honours BSc in molecular biology, and was a research scientist with Cancer Research UK. He then qualified as a chartered accountant and worked at a senior level within the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. He was group chief financial officer of an insurance investment firm. In this role he carried out High Court and Financial Conduct Authority regulated activities. He has been chief financial officer of a number of companies (chief executive of one) and helped new companies spun out of  UK universities as a portfolio, part-time Finance Director. He and his wife moved to Salisbury relatively recently. Scot has a keen personal interest in renewable energy, recycling and maintaining the health of the planet.  

John Bruce, Advisor and IT consultant

John moved from East Anglia to Salisbury in 1998 to pursue an interest in filmmaking. His son attended Sarum Academy where John was also parent governor for a time. He has a science degree and runs a web site design company called Webby Foot. His interests are writing and photography - he helps run Poetika (Salisbury’s monthly spoken word open mic) and is on the support team for the Young Gallery.

Tom Burnett, Founding Member and Consultant

Thomas was a founder and former director of Nadder Community Energy before helping to set up SCE. He founded Wessex Energy Solutions in 2012. Previously Tom spent 10 years with Shell working in a range of renewable energy disciplines. He has a Masters Degree in Engineering and Business Studies from Manchester University, and 15 years of energy industry experience. Wessex Energy Solutions has been involved in numerous start-ups and has raised more than £11 million of equity either through banking or community routes.

Peter Hugall, Member and Advisor

Peter holds a degree in the arts and for many years ran a company serving the catering industry. He has lived in Salisbury for some time and in his retirement pursues a range of artistic and cultural activities locally. His home, with his wife Caroline Lanyon, has a solav pv array supplying both heat and power.

James Owen FRSA, Director

James holds a degree and MSc in environmental science, policy and technology. His career is in large-scale renewable energy and currently he is Project Director for JBM Solar Projects and Director of the Reformia. consultancy. Previous roles have included commercial director of Public Power Solutions and director of the Clean-Tech consultancy. James has joined SCE to put communities at the heart of the new energy paradigm.

Michael Pope, Honorary Finance Officer

Michael and his wife Yvonne moved to Salisbury in 2009. He was a chartered accountant for around thirty years in Cambridgeshire. He was elected the City Council’s first ever Green Councillor here and served for four years in the role, achieving solar pv panels on the roof of the Guildhall, among other initiatives. He pursues many activities in retirement besides SCE including chess and walking. He is a member of St Thomas’ Church.

Tim Rowe, Member and Advisor

Tim started his career with a four year craft apprenticeship with British Rail, then worked as an electro-mechanical fitter for them in London. He subsequently took a job with Universal Instruments and was responsible for the installation and commissioning of manufacturing machinery. After a spell at Mars Electronics in Reading as a production engineer, he worked for British Engineering Insurance for 26 years before retiring in April 2016. Tim has designed, built and installed wind turbines and is currently engaged in a new project to build a 8ft wind turbine for installation at Spring Grove Market Garden.