The Team

The DVCE project team came together in 2015. The team consists of local residents of Congleton and the surrounding area who share a commitment to developing and operating the scheme for the benefit of the environment and the local community.


Peter Aston
 – retired

Peter retired in 2011 from general management in the automotive and transport sector building cars and trains. He became Chair of Congleton Sustainability Group in 2009, amongst other charity trusteeships, to nudge the town towards better ‘green’ credentials. The group has championed its apple juice project, hydro schemes, saved Vale Allotments from housing development, nurtured all schools in the town towards Green Flag Eco-Schools status, pushed cycling infrastructure improvement and has been deeply involved in the local Neighbourhood Plan.


Paul Guymer

Paul has a degree in Chemical Engineering with 40 years of experience in performing and managing multi – discipline projects for civil nuclear power stations worldwide. He is currently a director and part owner of an engineering consulting business providing accident risk analysis services to the nuclear industry with offices located in Congleton. Paul has been living in Congleton for nearly twenty years, is a keen offshore sailor, and has a strong interest in promoting carbon free energy sources such as the that being developed at Havannah Weir.

Dr Paul Hopewell BEng, PhD, CEng, FIET 

Paul is a chartered engineer with a 30 year career in electrical engineering, including wind, hydro,  tidal and solar.  He is excited to be involved in the Congleton Hydro project, having previously designed the electrical infrastructure for a 200 kW hydro scheme in Lancashire and served on the board of Torrs Hydro.

Robert (Bob) Owen, MBE

A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Until recent retirement was a General Manager in Siemens responsible for Congleton based R&D activities and then for a Large Project Engineering business. A former vice-chair of UMIST and Chair of the Joule Centre for Renewable Energy Research, Bob is a proud Welshman and has lived in Congleton for the past 40years.

Mervyn Sara, BSc

Mervyn has a physics degree and has been working as an electronics and electrical engineer for 42 years. Past roles have included product development (colour TV’s, electronic power converters and variable speed drives) and Technology Management (control of technologies and engineering processes used in the electrical power distribution industry for electricity substations and offshore wind farm projects).  Mervyn has lived in Congleton for 37 years and is a keen member of Astbury Golf Club.  Mervyn’s motivation for involvement in the project is to reduce the World’s dependency on fossil fuels and to generate cash to support causes which support the local community.
 David Page 

David Page is a retired Civil Engineer, who joined the Management Team in June 2017.

With UK Contractors he had over 20 years direct field-experience of building and civil engineering projects at home and overseas – including two projects in the water-industry. This was followed by a further 25 years as a freelance Consultant within the industry – acting mainly for Client-bodies – variously as Project Manager, Contract Administrator or Planning Supervisor.


 Georgi Georgiev

Georgi has a degree in  nuclear engineering and works as a nuclear risk analysis consultant. He has over 15 years of experience supporting various nuclear power plants in their safety assessments. Georgi volunteered to create and maintain this website along with general support to the project. 
 Garry Knapper

Garry is a retired Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Following training with Price Waterhouse in Birmingham he spent several years with the Michelin Company before moving to the Siemens Factory in Congleton, where he was the Finance Manager for Engineered Industrial Projects. Until his recent retirement, he was the Financial Director for the Siemens Energy Instrumentation and Control Business based in Manchester.

His expertise in these like areas, gives Congleton Hydro a solid breadth and depth of financial acumen.