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.  Peter is currently chair of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.


Chris Manson-Whitton - Director

An energy expert with a particular focus on taking innovative technologies from concept to deployment. Much of Chris' recent work has been driving forward demonstration projects in the low carbon gas sector, notably the development and delivery of the HyDeploy project. He has a strong technical background, combined with skills in forming consortia and bringing stakeholders together to enable project delivery. 


Andy Brown - Engineering Director

Extensive operational, maintenance and engineering power station experience within CEGB and its successor companies.  Andy is currently directing the technical elements of the Liverpool-Manchester Hydrogen project for Progressive. He 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.


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.


Adam Baddeley

Nearly 20 years of consulting experience for Government and private sector. An accomplished project manager, currently working on several hydrogen-related projects funded by the GDNs and on a range of energy storage projects to deploy batteries in industry. Also has significant commercial experience, leading bids and due diligence projects on behalf of DONG Energy, RWE Npower, SSE, LLoyds and Barclays. 


Mike Austell

Developed and implemented 8 projects in 6 countries totalling over £2 Billion. Instrumental in commercializing such technologies as Circulating Fluidized Bed Boilers, Bioethanol and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plants. Experienced in negotiating all forms of project agreements and contract documentation including EPC, Power Purchase, Heat Sales, Fuel Supply, Operating and Maintenance, Consents and Treasury Guarantees.


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. 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).  


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

An energy engineer whose work has focused increasingly on the production and use of hydrogen as an energy vector. Has project managed studies into production of hydrogen from waste and use of steelworks gases in novel CCS technologies. Has also undertaken due diligence work on a range of related novel technologies, overseeing experimental test programmes, and producing process models to inform wider project development.