Zenobē Energy was established to enable the transition to full zero carbon, non-polluting power and transport systems. We intend to provide solutions to fundamental problems that can be implemented at scale and make a significant improvement to the environment and local communities.

We bring a track record of being first to market with innovative solutions for our customers. Zenobe is the first company to provide a full EV fleet solution for operators wanting to change from fossil fuel to electric emission free vehicles. We enable charging and provide financing solutions that remove the upfront capital cost from operators. Our innovative end to end solution means that today we have c. 30% of the UK bus market.

Other innovations include being the first battery operator in the UK’s Fast Reserve market, the first to participate in providing reactive power for the National Grid and UKPN Power Potential pilot and the first to raise non-recourse senior debt on batteries to lower costs for customers.

We aim to be the first choice for energy-intensive businesses who want to transform their use of power.

Our proprietary software and hardware systems enable us to integrate different assets and operating models to provide lower costs and enhanced resilience to our customers. We also improve returns for customers who own their own generation assets.

Zenobe aims to be the first choice for energy-intensive businesses who want to transform their use of power. Today we own and operate over 70MW of battery storage assets at nine sites across the UK, including the largest Tesla installation in the UK. We also own batteries providing flexible power solutions to bus operators and have a pipeline of projects in the UK and abroad.

Zenobe is backed by the world’s leading strategic investors in energy storage, Jera Co. Inc., Tepco Power Grid Inc. and Tiger Infrastructure Partners. When combined with investment from our founders and private investors, we have an equity capital base of over £70 million and have secured over £30 million in debt facilities. Our strong capital and knowledge base, as well as access to a global supply chain, means we are uniquely positioned to meet customer demands with innovative solutions.

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The team

The board

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Steve Holliday

Non-executive Chairman

Steve Holliday is the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He is Chairman of Zenobe, President of the Energy Institute and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Crisis, the homeless charity. He volunteers his time as Vice Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Vice Chairman of Business in the Community and Chairman of Black Stork.

Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive of the company in January 2007, which he led for almost 10 years, until 2016.

Prior to joining National Grid, he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.

Steve is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Energy Institute. From 2012 to 2014 he was also appointed as a National Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and served as lead Non-Executive director with DEFRA from 2016 until the end of 2017. Steve served on the board of Marks & Spencer as Independent Non-Executive director from 2004 – 2014, as Deputy Chair at Convatec from 2016-19.

Steve holds a BSc degree from Nottingham University and honorary doctorates from Nottingham and Strathclyde universities. His sporting interests include cycling and following the fortunes of the England Rugby team.

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Nicholas Beatty

Founder Director

Nicholas has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance and extensive experience in the energy sector, both in an advisory capacity and as an investor in a number of solar projects across the UK.

Nicholas started his career at Hambros Bank, where he was made a director of the corporate finance department, a position he held until leaving for BNP in 1998, where he established the corporate finance business for BNP in London. He was appointed head of BNP Paribas Corporate Finance in the UK after the merger of BNP and Paribas in 2000. BNP Paribas corporate finance provided advice to a wide range of companies on transactions and funding including leading utilities, commercial and industrial companies and also worked with leading private equity firms across Europe. After leaving BNPP, Nicholas held several consultancy mandates in the infrastructure, energy, utilities and transportation sectors.

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James Basden

Founder Director

James has spent over 20 years advising the Boards of major power and gas companies, as well as large infrastructure funds, in the UK, Europe and the US. Prior to Zenobe Energy, he was a partner at Oliver Wyman where he led the Global Utilities and Infrastructure practice between 2013 – 2018.

In 1999 James co-founded Corven Group, a consulting and private equity group with offices in London, Boston, Chicago and Houston. Corven Consulting, which focused on the European and US Energy sector and had over 100 professional staff, was sold to Oliver Wyman in 2013. Prior to Corven, James held a number of roles, including managing the turnaround of Lotus Cars.

James is a trustee of Turners Court Youth Trust, a charity focused on helping disadvantaged children. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. Honours degree from Durham University.

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Steven Meersman

Founder Director

Steven has extensive experience in the Energy Sector. Prior to Zenobe Energy, Steven held the position of Deals Desk Manager for Puma Energy at Trafigura, where he worked from 2013 – 2015. From 2010 – 2013 he worked at Oliver Wyman after joining from AES Energy Storage, where he was a Business Development and Technical Analyst.

Steven has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds a BSc and an MSc in Electromechanical Engineering from De Nayer Instituut in Belgium.

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Alessandro Boninsegna

Non-Executive Director

Alessandro is Managing Director and a founding member of Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP and previously of Lehman Brothers Infrastructure Private Equity Team. Before Lehman Brothers Private Equity Team, Alessandro spent eleven years as a member of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking, where he managed Lehman Brothers’ middle-market private equity funds. During this time, he also established and served on the investment board of Italian infrastructure private equity firm, F2i. Prior to his time at Lehman Brothers, Alessandro worked as a Management Consultant for Bain & Co. and, before that, as a Public Accountant at Haarmann Hemmelrath.

Alessandro currently holds positions on the boards of several Tiger Infrastructure investee companies. He holds a degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Bocconi University, part of which he earnt at New York University Stern School of Business.

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Emil W. Henry

Non-Executive Director

Emil is Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP.

Before founding Tiger Infrastructure Partners, Emil held the position of Global Head of Lehman Brothers’ private equity. In 2005, Emil was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. While there, he acted as a key advisor to two Treasury Secretaries. Prior to joining the Treasury, Emil served as Chairman of Asset Management and Managing Director of Gleacher Partners LLC after starting his career in the merchant banking arm of Morgan Stanley.

Emil currently holds positions on the boards of several Tiger Infrastructure investee companies. He also sits on the Council of Foreign Relations. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

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Atsushi Yuihara

Non-Executive Director

Atsushi is General Manager of JERA Co., Inc. which was established on April 30, 2015 as a joint venture company between Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Chubu Electric Power Company. He joined JERA in 2016 and his primary business in JERA is to develop renewable power generation and battery storage projects.

Atsushi has extensive technical knowledge about bulk power transmission system planning and analysis. He joined TEPCO in 2000 and spent most of his career as a consultant to provide professional advice to power utilities and power transmission companies in Asian, middle-eastern and European countries.

Atsushi has BE and ME degrees of electrical engineering from Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.

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Graham Sharp

Non-Executive Director

Graham has more than 30 years of experience in energy trading and supply. He co-founded Trafigura in 1993 and served as a Director until his retirement from operational activities in 2007. He also served as Senior Vice-President of International Trade at Rosneft until 2011. Graham started his career as a consultant for Strategic Planning Associates, where he worked primarily for Shell in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium.

In addition to his role at Zenobe Energy, Graham is a Senior Advisor at Oliver Wyman and Non-Executive Chairman of Puma Energy.

Graham is involved in a number of philanthropic activities. He graduated from St. John’s College, Oxford with a first class honours degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.

The team

Sophie Barr

Sophie is the Head of Legal at Zenobe Energy and is responsible for all the day to day legal aspects of the company as well as being the Company Secretary.

Sophie has spent over 10 years working in energy with wide ranging experience across the sector including solar, oil and gas, wide ranging regulatory advice, new build nuclear decommissioning, district heating and offshore wind.

Prior to working at Zenobe, Sophie worked in private practice at Pinsent Masons (among others) as well as in-house at Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Ofgem.  At Ofgem she worked on the transitional and enduring OFTO arrangements.  While at Pinsent Masons, she was seconded to DECC (now BEIS) to lead on waste transfer and the funded decommissioning programme for Hinkley Point C.  She was also seconded to NuGen as Head of Legal working on the Moorside Project.

Tim Boothman

Tim runs the day to day corporate finance activities at Zenobē, including raising growth capital for the business, structuring and financing investments, and more broadly supporting strategy and reporting to management and shareholders.

Prior to joining Zenobē, Tim spent nearly 10 years at PwC working in the Corporate Finance practice, including 4 years in SE Asia. Tim advised a range of clients in the infrastructure and power/utilities space on Project Finance, M&A and strategy, including both an equity and debt raise for Zenobē in 2019.

Jason Bradbury

Jason is Zenobe’s Operations Manager responsible for the deployment of our storage portfolio. He has spent over ten years developing Energy and Renewables projects including large connections for industrial users, the development and building of over 150MW of solar PV and 100MW of gas peaking plants as well as c. 60MW of storage at Zenobe.

He also brings experience of Project Management for various property companies and consultants. These projects included a data centre with the first commercial VolP, the redevelopment of a new quarter of Manchester and the data centre which included the servers for TfL.

Ryan Charafeddine

Ryan is a Construction Project Manager for Zenobe responsible for delivery of a number of storage projects. He has over five years’ experience working on projects within the renewable energy industry. His previous experience has ranged from residential to large scale commercial PV as well as utility scale battery storage. He is currently working on the delivery of the infrastructure to provide electric busses to bus depots.

Ryan holds a first class honours degree in Business Management and is currently working to obtain his NVQ Level 7 certification in Senior Construction Management.

Sam Collier

Sam works as a data scientist, building models and business cases for a wide array of projects including electric vehicle fleets and market analysis. He holds a First-Class BA and MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, where he coxed the winning boat in the 2017 University Boat Race. Prior to Zenobē, Sam spent time at Balderton Capital and Merrill Lynch, before joining the New York Data Science Academy.

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Martin Davis

Martin is the financial controller of Zenobē Energy and is responsible for all the day to day financial aspects of the company.

Martin has spent over 25 years in finance. He started out as an equity derivatives trader and model writer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange before migrating with the London Traded Options Market to the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) and subsequently moving into more risk-management and financial control roles. He has also spent approximately four years auditing the financial statements of a wide range of businesses and charities.

Martin is a chartered accountant, holds a first class honours degree in Actuarial Mathematics from The London School of Economics and is presently studying towards the Chartered Tax Advisor exams.

Arron Dowie

Arron is principally focussed on developing business within the Electric Vehicle and Event Management sectors.

He brings over 20 years’ banking experience as a Relationship Director providing structured asset finance solutions to a wide range of clients across Corporate and Investment banking at Barclays and Santander. He has successfully arranged and executed over £500m of financing facilities across transportation, utilities, distribution and IT asset classes. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from University of London, Goldsmiths College.

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Sally Edmonds

Sally manages the office administration, acts as a first point of contact for inbound opportunities and provides support for the team on a daily basis.

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Matthieu El Assad

Matthieu is a data scientist tasked with developing our models and in-depth market analysis. He plays an important role in developing Zenobe’s commercial strategies. Prior to joining Zenobē Energy, he worked for EDF R&D. From 2016 to 2018 was an energy analyst for battery storage project developer Green Hedge.

Matthieu holds an MSc from the Arts et Métiers ParisTech a top French engineering school. He is a committee member of the Young Professional Network of the Energy Institute and is responsible for the Arts et Métiers ParisTech Alumni in London and the UK.

Bradley Fox

Bradley focuses on selling and developing Zenobē’s innovative electric bus vehicle and charging infrastructure managed service offering as well as the behind the meter proposition for corporate and industrial clients. He also leads the Zenobe team on a day to day basis in terms of procuring and optimising the underlying finance to facilitate these EV fleet projects.

Bradley has over 10 years of experience in front office roles in corporate and investment banking with specialisms in structured asset finance and relationship management. He has previously worked at Santander, Lloyds Bank and Barclays having executed a range of complex financing structures across many sectors for larger corporates.  He has a first-class BSc degree in business and management from the University of Nottingham.

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Catalina Guillen Rozo

Catalina manages the regulatory aspects of Zenobe’s business including the many consultations that come from Ofgem, BEIS and National Grid. She has a wealth of experience in the energy industry, having worked with Ofgem as part of the assurance team and as a regulatory analyst for energy suppliers before joining Zenobe Energy.

Catalina has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Energy Economics.

Ben Hinchliffe

Ben is part of the business development team, focusing on the roll-out of electric buses and behind-the-meter projects.  He is part of our commercial analysis team developing and using our proprietary models to tailor solutions to specific client needs.

Ben has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester.

Masaya Hishida

Masaya is assignee from JERA, works for the business development of grid-scale energy storage project. He has nine years’ experience as an electrical engineer for power distribution in TEPCO. During his career, he was engaged in the  operation, maintenance and design of distribution systems in the Tokyo area for five years and worked for overseas consultancy and business development projects as a distribution expert for four years.

He has a master’s degree in Integrated Design Engineering from Keio University in Japan.

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Stuart Leonard

Stuart is responsible for developing Zenobe’s supply chain relationships to support the development of new projects.

Stuart started his career in the oil industry working in various roles from risk management, cargo operations and trade finance managing portfolio’s in Europe, the Middle-East and North America. Stuart then spent a further six years in motorsport as a professional racing driver. He was the first British driver to become Blancpain Sprint Champion in 2017 and the Bathurst 12 hour Champion 2018 with Audi Sport.

Stuart has a degree in International Financial Management.

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Robert Long

Robert is part of the asset management team, focused on optimising the performance of the assets alongside the commercial team. He carries out analysis on data from our assets, develops financial models and coordinates O&M activities.

Robert holds a first class MSci in Physics with Medical Physics from the University of Nottingham.

Mark Oxtoby

With 17 years of both HV & LV electrical experience including 10 years delivering large-scale infrastructure projects both on private and IDNO networks, Mark has a proven track record of delivering a large number of battery storage projects. He works on all aspects of our construction projects and is currently focused on managing the delivery of the charging infrastructure needed for EV buses at bus garages throughout the UK.

Semih Oztreves

Semih is focused on the development of large-scale battery systems for transmission, distribution and infrastructure companies as well as providing solutions for industrial and commercial businesses. He brings seven years’ experience of battery storage systems and energy markets.

Prior to joining Zenobē, Semih was an integral part of the Business Development team at Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage and Optimization business unit – formerly Greensmith Energy. He was responsible for the expansion of Greensmith Energy’s business in Europe and Middle East for grid scale stand-alone storage, solar plus storage and engine plus storage markets.

Prior to Greensmith Energy, Semih worked as a Managing Consultant for Navigant Consulting – an energy research and consulting firm. He holds a MEng from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University.

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Ned Ponsonby

Ned has been responsible for the successful operation of Zenobe’s portfolio of assets since 2017. He plays an important role in devising and implementing strategy for contracting and asset management which benefits from his previous operational experience. Prior to joining Zenobe, he was an operations analyst at Oxford Capital for four years where he focused on deploying Anaerobic Digestion projects to create green energy from Waste.

Ned has a BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds

Gareth Ridge

Gareth is the Country Director for Australia and New Zealand leading the expansion of Zenobe Energy into these markets.

Gareth has extensive knowledge of the Australian energy and water utility industries. He has worked as a Management Consultant undertaking strategy and business model development projects with Australia’s major network service providers and metro water authorities focusing on new and disruptive technologies. More recently Gareth worked for TransGrid in the Strategy, Innovation and New Technology function, focusing on corporate strategy, electrification of industry and grid-scale storage. Gareth commenced his career in Corporate Banking at the National Australia Bank.

Gareth is an AGSM MBA (Executive) Candidate at UNSW Business School and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Tourism Management from the University of Canberra.

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Hussein Shour

Hussein is primarily focused on supporting the role out of electric vehicle fleets and buses by deploying energy storage.

Hussein has had experience working in wealth and asset management with CQS and Plumiri Group and in the oil and petroleum industry. Before joining Zenobe Energy, Hussein was Project Development Manager at Energy Resevoirs Ltd, a developer of energy storage projects in the UK.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UCL.

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