Key Staff

Peter Whitton - Managing Director

More than 35 years' experience in senior commercial, energy trading, business development, project management, strategy and technical management positions in the electricity and energy supply industry.  Peter is a Founder Director and has lead the development of the company including its interface to Government and industry.   


Chris Manson-Whitton - Director

Cambridge Engineer with a background at Ove Arup and AEA Technology. Alongside a DPhil at Oxford, he headed up new process development activities for a downstream Alcan Company. He developed and leads Progressive Energy's current pipeline of waste and biomass projects delivering heat, electricity and renewable fuels, with many projects focused on delivery of low carbon energy solutions, including CCS for industrial companies. Roles include project management, detailed engagement with technology providers, government & regulators, techno-economic and risk assessments of projects, as well as technical due diligence and trouble-shooting services for investors, technology providers and public bodies in the sector.


Andy Brown - Engineering Director

Extensive operational, maintenance and engineering power station experience within CEGB and its successor companies, becoming Progressive Energy’s Engineering Director in 1998. Responsible for engineering of a 450MW IGCC at Teesside as well as further projects on other sites.  Andy chairs the Energy Institute’s Carbon Capture and Storage Technical Committee, and is the UK Expert Representative for CO2 transport in the production of an ISO Standard for Carbon dioxide capture transportation and storage.  In 2007 Andy was awarded IChemE’s. Hebden Medal for ‘achievement in the field of energy conversion and the furtherance of gasification’.   He has four UK Patents in his name for providing flexible power generation, gas processing and extracting CO from Blast Furnace Gas.


David Hanstock - Commercial Director

Senior business development, strategy and technology roles within CEGB. A founding director of Progressive Energy leading on project financial appraisals and complex process analyses. Instrumental in a number of EU Framework programmes, on executive boards, active in the formulation of EU policy for the Emissions Trading Scheme and UK Governmental bodies focused on carbon mitigation.



Mike Austell

Developed and implemented 8 projects in 6 countries totalling $2.6 billion. Instrumental in commercializing such technologies as Circulating Fluidized Bed Boilers, Bioethanol, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plants and large scale CHP. Experienced in negotiating all forms of project agreements and contract documentation including EPC, Power Purchase, Heat Sales, Fuel Supply, Operating and Maintenance, Long Term Maintenance, Government Authorisations and Permissions, Treasury Guarantees, and Financing, Responsible for implementation of four projects through construction and early operation.


Trevor Croft

Business Operations Manager at Eggborough Power station and other roles within CEGB. Founding team of Rolls Royce Power Ventures, and project developer with Advanced Power. Developed and delivered complex power projects in the UK and Europe, including evaluating and structuring projects, risk assessment, project financing, technical and commercial contract negotiation, plant construction, plant operations and maintenance.


Phillip Cozens

Experienced Project Manager, Developer & highly respected Technical Expert. 40 years' experience in the energy industries including oil and gas, followed by over ten years in waste and sustainable energy. Developed and consented the Allington EfW facility with Hanson, before joining Shanks where he developed the concept for the UK’s first MBT processing facility in London. As Technical Director at RPS he was responsible for securing the environmental permit for the UK’s first secondary fuel gasification facility, latterly was Head of Technical Services with Infinis, the UK’s largest purely renewable energy generator. Phillip is also a respected governmental and UK/EU standards advisor in the biomass and waste sectors.  With Progressive Energy has participated in technology developments in carbon capture from industrial processes, the validation of novel power generation technologies, due diligence for investors and the evolution of a novel technology for production of bio substitute natural gas (BioSNG).  Co-author of patents for carbon capture from steel making and for BioSNG production.


Charles Eickhoff

Engineering and analysis roles within CEGB. Electricity trading in TXU, managing the Spanish operation prior to setting up TXU's Paris trading operation. Market analysis and trading strategy for British Energy, and latterly development of broader energy strategy for Diageo. Within PEL, heading up European Research, development and Demonstration programmes, and strategic project definition studies.


Mike Cairns-Terry

Mike joined Progressive after graduating with a Master's degree in Physics from Oxford University. At Progressive, he has headed up detailed analytical assessments of novel power cycles, developed financial models for project screening, performed process modelling for carbon capture technologies and led a study into use of steelworks gases with CCS. He also worked on the project management of the Teesside Low Carbon Project development, and is involved in a range of other low carbon technologies.




Fiona Hanstock

Graduated from Cambridge University before becoming a Chartered Accountant. Previous roles in various companies as an External Auditor, Internal Auditor and Management Accountant. 20 years' experience of management and financial accounts.