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Forest Row Energy Co-operative Ltd 2019

About us

What we do

Forest Row Energy Co-op is part of the national network of community energy co-operatives that are putting the power of energy back in the hands of our local communities.

We are a non-profit, community owned organisation with a vision for energy that costs less to us and the environment.  We want to build a self-sufficient, energy efficient local community that is powered by renewable energy.

 

We are based in Forest Row and our catchment area includes the surrounding towns and villages from East Grinstead to Uckfield, Crowborough to Sharpthorne.

 

We have a range of projects and initiatives that are benefiting our community and environment. Take a look at our projects and what we offer. If you’re not already a member, consider joining us to help power this exciting local movement.

OUR TEAM

The Forest Row Energy Board is made up of local people that are industry experts in sustainability, energy and carbon, finance and business management.

Jonathan Shopley
Chair

Jonathan’s 30 year career has focused on preventing, reducing and repairing environmental impacts from industry. He is Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners, a company that works with international businesses to fund afforestation, ecosystem protection, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects around the world.  He holds two board positions in industry non-profit associations focused on climate change. 

Esmé Donghi
 Director of Funding and Projects

Esmé has 16 years’ experience in environmental and energy project management and fundraising. She has worked in the public sector, with small businesses and local communities. This has included in-house sustainability management and sustainability consultancy to create long-term improvements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, sustainable construction and biodiversity.

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Robin Evans 
Non-Executive Director

Robin works as a financial risk manager for an international wealth management company. He studied Biodynamic Agriculture at Emerson College and has sat on the boards of the Biodynamic Land Trust and Tablehurst & Plaw Hatch Farm Community Farm Coop. He is chairman of Ecodynamic CBS Ltd that operates a wind turbine in Cornwall. Robin lives on a farm in East Sussex where he and his partner have established the International Foundation for Equine Assisted Learning.

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