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

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.

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 holds an 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.

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.

Tom Burnett, Founding Member, Consultant and Director

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.

Jamie Green, Member and Consultant

Jamie led the first of SCE’s two solar PV feasibility studies in Salisbury and the surrounding area and has lived in Salisbury since 2015. In ten years working as a consultant in energy efficiency and renewable energy, Jamie has delivered numerous projects from initial feasibility through to final commissioning and performance monitoring. He has a strong technical knowledge base specialising in solar PV, solar thermal, biomass boilers, heat pumps, and combined heat and power (CHP), as well as conventional heating systems and heat networks. He has a degree in Engineering with Business Management from Queen Mary University of London and currently works for energy management consultancy Concept Energy Solutions.

Dr Chris Cochrane, Member and Advisor 

Chris Cochrane attended Bishop Wordworth’s School from 1956, and won its physics prize in his final year. Having joined the RAF as an officer cadet, he gained a BSc (Hons) in aeronautical engineering, served as an engineering officer on Vulcan bombers, and then as a signals officer in the Maldives and on the Anguilla Operation. 

Chris joined Marconi Space Systems, Portsmouth, in 1982. During a posting to Whitehall, he was awarded a PhD by Imperial College for research of the topography of Venus by radar stereogrammetry. 

Chris retired from the MoD in 2004. He represented Fisherton & Bemerton Village on Wiltshire Council from 2009 to 2013 and was vice-chairman of the Salisbury Area Board. In February 2015, he visited Osney hydroelectric station, Oxford, and proposed a novel water wheel to power the floodlighting of Salisbury Cathedral.