David McDonald has been appointed as operations director to provide strategic leadership to rapidly grow Eco2’s presence in the renewable energy asset management sector.
L-R: Mareike Schmidt, Jo Hewer, Carla Burrows, Louise Simons, David McDonald
by Sion Barry, Western Mail
His responsibilities include asset management and governance for Eco2’s operational portfolio and a number of third party assets.
Mr McDonald – who previously spent six years with Scottish and Southern Energy as project finance manager – will be heading up a team of nine split between Cardiff and Lincolnshire. He is a qualified accountant and holds an MA degree.
Mr McDonald said: “I am genuinely excited to be part of a team of such a high calibre. Eco2 is pre-eminent in large scale biomass in the UK, and there are huge opportunities for growth for us within the UK and Europe. I am looking forward to progressing these and helping to further develop the company.”
Jo Hewer was appointed in July as part of Mr McDonald’s team and holds the position of asset support analyst.
She will provide analytical and administrative support to the asset management team in the implementation and delivery of the asset management business plan.
Carla Burrows has been appointed internal and external relations assistant in July, providing support to the company in human resources and communications.
Louise Simons has been appointed as receptionist at Eco2’s head office in Cardiff Gate. Prior to joining the company, she worked as a secretary for a firm of patent and trademark attorneys and has worked in various secretarial roles in the accountancy sector.
The firm’s asset management team has also recruited Mareike Schmidt on a six-month internship to help develop integrated fuel management systems.
Chief executive of Eco2, David Williams said, “These appointments reflect our commitment to growing its business in Wales. We are building a strong team here, and these additions to our workforce will help us further develop our renewables portfolio and strengthen Eco2’s position as Wales’ largest independent renewable energy company.”
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