During a successful career in financial services Chris became concerned about climate change and the UK’s energy security (North Sea Oil and Gas were clearly going to run out at some point) so returned to university in 2001 to study a Master of Science degree in low energy architecture and renewable energy systems.
Following graduation he joined the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and assumed responsibility for managing one of the UK Government’s first renewable energy grants schemes – the £13M Clear Skies programme. During this time Chris was instrumental in developing the technical standards much of the UK renewables contractors now work to.
In 2009, he joined a major national contractor as their strategic head of renewable energy directly responsible for their design and engineering function which ensured quality at every stage of the process. He grew the team from 4 to over 70 people and steered the wider company through this rapidly growing market. Building on the lessons learned, in 2011 he started his first company installing solar PV systems and grew that over 5 years culminating in the installation of the first commercial sized Tesla Powerpack (Battery Energy Storage System) in the whole of Europe.
In early 2017, having learnt how to start and grow a business from scratch, and in recognition of the way industry was developing, he decided to sell his shareholding to start Rock Clean Energy Ltd. Working with its sister company Rock Power Connections Ltd, RockCE focuses on battery storage systems as an energy security/management tool for commercial and industrial clients.
When not developing Rock, Chris remains involved in developing technical standards and is also a Non-Executive director of the MCS Service Co.Ltd, the company which operates the MCS scheme to uphold standards of small-scale renewables in the UK.