DVCE Team

 

Team Work Makes the Dream Work 

DVCE is a Community Benefit Society run by 6 Directors who were elected by the current DVCE Society members. Once the Congleton Hydro scheme is commissioned and running, day to day management and oversight of the scheme will be entrusted to a sub-group of Directors and committee members living locally and appointed by the Board. The sub-group will be responsible for arranging and overseeing maintenance operations, metering, accounting, reporting and administration.

Paul Guymer

Paul Guymer

Chairman

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 recently retired as director and part-owner of a Congleton based engineering consulting business in the nuclear industry. Paul has been living in Congleton for nearly twenty years, was a key member of the Congleton Park Hydro Scheme development, and has a strong interest in promoting carbon-free energy sources such as that being developed at Havannah Weir.

Mervyn Sara

Mervyn Sara

Company Secretary

Mervyn has worked as an electronics and electrical engineer for 42 years. Past roles have included product development of variable speed drives and technology management for the electrical power distribution industry and offshore wind farm projects. Mervyn has lived in Congleton for 37 years and his motivation for involvement in the project is to reduce the World’s dependency on fossil fuels and to generate cash to support local causes.

Garry Knapper

Garry Knapper

Treasurer

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 gives Congleton Hydro a solid breadth and depth of financial acumen

Bob Owen CEng MBE

Bob Owen CEng MBE

Marketing, Public Relations and Education

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 40 years.

Peter Aston

Peter Aston

Congleton Sustainability Group

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, 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. Peter has previous experience with small scale hydro schemes having been a key member of the previous Congleton Park Hydro proposal.

Dr Paul Hopewell BEng PhD CEng FIET

Dr Paul Hopewell BEng PhD CEng FIET

Technical Director

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.

David Page

David Page

Civil Engineering Specialist

David Page is a retired Civil Engineer who has 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.

Cathy Dean

Cathy Dean

Digital Marketing

Cathy runs her own business in digital marketing and was instrumental in the share raise campaign and has developed the website. ‘Born and bred’ in Congleton with 2 children at Havannah Primary School, Cathy hopes the project will inspire children in the local area. 

Peter Lane

Peter Lane

Education

Peter has lived in Congleton since 1987. After a career in teaching, presently working part-time at The Potteries Museum in Hanley. For DVCE he is coordinating the work of the education volunteers, developing material which describes and explains the generating capacity of the scheme, the history of the site and our work in environmental conservation and management.

Georgi Georgiev

Georgi Georgiev

IT Specialist

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.

Would You Like To Get Involved?

Do you have the skills and the passion to get involved in the Congleton Hydro Project? As the project moves forward there will be more roles and opportunities for you to join us! 

DVCE is registered as a Community Benefit Society with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (Registration Number 7142). This legal structure is regulated by the FCA and governed by rules, which can be viewed HERE.