Led by Javier Cavada, internationally recognized leader within the energy industry, we have an established and experienced management team.
Colin Roy, a pioneer of modern corporate finance practices in Europe, was appointed Executive Chairman of Highview in 2017. As a major shareholder in Highview since the early days, he brings to Highview over 20 years of executive leadership in multinational corporations and has successfully scaled up several businesses from scratch to market leading positions.
Colin Roy was previously the CEO of Greenhill & Co. Europe and was one of the co-founders of New York-based Greenhill & Co, Inc. Prior to this, he played a leading role in establishing the German investment banking franchises of Merrill Lynch and SG Warburg (now UBS). During this time he was a lead advisor on many of Europe’s most significant restructurings, privatizations, and M&A transactions, including the mergers of Mannesmann and Vodafone and of Bayer and Schering.
Dr Javier Cavada joined Highview as Chief Executive Officer and President, end of September of 2018, with the mission to drive the international deployment of our proprietary liquid air energy storage (LAES) technology and execute the company’s ambitious global expansion strategy.
Javier joined from Wärtsilä Corporation, one of the world’s top three technology companies in the energy market and a global leader in smart technologies and complete energy lifecycle solutions. Since 2015, he has been President of the Energy division and member of the Corporation’s Executive board, leading the company’s global energy business and driving its vision towards 100% renewables, performing a deep transformation towards becoming the leading system integrator. Under Javier’s leadership, Wärtsilä’s global market share in gas and liquid fuel power plants grew from 9% up to 21%. His 17-year career at Wärtsilä has included extensive international experience, including executive roles in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland.
In combination with these executive roles, Javier has chaired the Board of multiple subsidiary companies, being Greensmith Energy Management Inc. one of the most relevant, USA-based leading provider of energy storage solutions, advanced software and integration services. Prior to his Wärtsilä career, Javier has taken leadership roles within the German multinational firm Robert Bosch, in the fields of automotive technology and manufacturing industry. Javier holds a PhD degree in industrial engineering and among other awards has been recognized as Distinguished Alumni by the University of Cantabria in Spain.
Gareth Brett joined Highview in 2006 to lead the company in taking liquid air energy storage from concept to market-ready technology. He joined the Board to become full-time CEO in December 2008, before being appointed Vice Chairman in September 2018 and Chief Technology Officer in December 2018.
Gareth has led the company’s transition from lab to pilot plant to full-scale demonstrator.
An Electrical Engineering graduate from Bristol University, Gareth began his career with Southern Electric in 1977, becoming Projects Director for its generation subsidiary (SEPG) where he was responsible for development, financing and commercial arrangements on three major UK independent power projects (IPPs). A veteran of the Independent Power Sector, he has subsequently been involved in the development and successful execution of many IPPs in the UK, Europe and the US from the perspective of owner, financier, operator and customer. Prior to joining Highview full-time as CEO, Gareth was also Head of New Nuclear Build for British Energy. His career has included a 5 year period in investment banking and 3 years based in the USA as President of Entergy Asset Management.
Mark Somerset was recently vice president of development for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at InterGen, an owner and operator of mainly thermal power plants. During his 21 years there, he also led the development and $1 billion in financing of 1,200 MW of gas-fired power generation and managed the UK/Dutch operations where he oversaw 3,500 MW of power projects. Prior to working for InterGen, he held various roles in the chemical, waste management, transport, voluntary services, and education sectors in the United Kingdom, China, and Africa. Mark has a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from Cranfield University.
Mathew Brett has over 25 years of global experience having originated, developed, and financed over $6 billion of energy and infrastructure projects. Brett is the co-founder and director of Greenage Power Limited and a director and board member for NeuConnect Britain Limited, which originated a 1.4 GW interconnector between the UK and Germany. Previously with BrightSource Energy he served as SVP business development, leading the expansion of the company’s CSP business and as general manager of a CSP joint venture with General Electric (GE). As co-founder and CEO of Advanced Power, Europe, Brett directed the development of an energy project portfolio worth over $2 billion. He holds a degree in business studies from the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, United Kingdom.
Stuart Nelmes joined Highview in June 2011 as Engineering Team Leader and was initially responsible for the overall management of the pilot plant and engineering office at Slough. As Engineering Director, Stuart is now responsible for all the Company’s engineering and related development activity including the delivery of the Pilsworth commercial demonstration project.
From 2006, Stuart worked for Cofely District Energy Ltd (formerly Utilicom Ltd) originally as a Project Engineer and then as Project Manager. During that time, Stuart was responsible for a range of projects including a 1.6MW/9MWh CHP plant with integrated district heating, and the installation of a multi MW chiller plant and cooling towers.
Stuart has a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West of England.
Rakesh Shah joined Highview in late 2013. He is responsible for the overall financial strategy and management of the Company including fundraising, investor relations, financial planning, project accounting, audit, tax, financial controls and insurance. Rakesh was most recently responsible for incorporating the newly formed US subsidiary in addition to developing the finance and tax arrangements.
Before joining Highview, Rakesh held several finance roles, most recently for two CAC40 listed businesses; Engie (formerly GDF Suez) and prior to that Publicis Groupe. He brings a broad range of experience from SME size businesses up to large complex plcs. Rakesh is also a Chartered accountant.
David Sandalow is Chairman of Highview Power Inc., the company’s US subsidiary, and Highview’s senior adviser covering some of the major international markets.
He is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. As Under Secretary (acting), Mr. Sandalow helped oversee DOE’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy and electricity delivery programs, with an annual budget of more than $3.5 billion. As Assistant Secretary, he helped coordinate policy development and international activities at the Department.
Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science and a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff.
Silin began his career at GE in 1994. Starting in engineering, he quickly moved into a sales role and held sales, country and regional leadership positions at GE Power for key markets including Russia, Central Asia, Israel and across Eastern and Western Europe. Silin earned his Master of Science in Power Plant Thermal Physics ‘with honours’ from Moscow Power Engineering University. He is fluent in both English and Russian.
Salvatore Minopoli is an energy industry executive with over 30 years of experience in the origination, project development, engineering, project management, and startup/commissioning areas. He brings extensive experience in the successful development and execution of gas and renewable projects, holding leadership positions for both major U.S. utilities and independent power producers.
Minopoli holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Catholic University, an MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University, and served as an officer in the United States Navy, Naval Construction Battalion.
Vice President of World-Wide Holdings Corp., a privately held venture capital investor and real estate developer. A founder member of the Clinton Global Initiative and actively involved with the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Institute, Niko is now developing and managing a portfolio of World-Wide’s assets in green technologies.
Brian had a number of roles at ExxonMobil before moving to Drax Group plc (operator of the UK’s largest generating plant) as head of engineering in 2007. He led Drax’s biomass transformation project from its inception to delivery and is now the production and logistics director.
Nick was Chief Executive of Southern Electric Power Generation (one of SSE’s predecessor companies) and then became Managing Director of British Gas’s global generation business.
Later, at Lattice Group, a forerunner of National Grid Transco (the UK’s leading electricity transmission and gas transportation utility), he was COO of Transco, responsible for all gas transmission and distribution operations in Britain.
Earlier, he led the first comprehensive appraisal of renewable energy in the UK and was with Shell in oil and shipping trading. He has held directorships with companies on all the major continents.
Vincent has had extensive executive and non-executive experience primarily in media. A chartered accountant, he worked in KPMG and Arthur Andersen before joining Independent News & Media PLC (“INM”) in the Republic of Ireland in 1990. He held a variety of roles in INM, including CFO and CEO of APN News & Media (an associated Australian PLC), chief executive of the Irish division of INM and COO and CEO of INM. As CEO of INM, he successfully completed a major divestment programme and restructuring of the group. He retired from INM in May, 2014 and as a non-executive director of APN in May, 2015. He is currently chairman of Newsbrands Ireland, non-executive director of C&C Group PLC, Chairman of Altas Investments PLC and a non-executive director of Inner City Enterprise.
We are always on the lookout for determined individuals to join our team. We offer the opportunity to join a growing company within the rapidly emerging energy storage sector.
Research begins at the University of Leeds
The power recovery cycle demonstrated in lab-scale tests
Installation of power recovery cycle in pilot plant
Installation of complete pilot CryoEnergy Storage plant
Highview Power signs cooperation agreement with the Messer group
Highview Power enters into a licence agreement with General Electric
Highview Power and project partner, Viridor, awarded funding for a 5MW LAES demonstration project by the UK Government
Multiple feasibility studies awarded, including an award from the U.S. Navy
Frost & Sullivan awards Highview Power with Global Large-Scale Energy Storage Technology Innovation Award
Highview Power’s grid-scale High Grade Cold Store (HGCS) commissioned at the 5MW Pilsworth demonstration plant
Highview Power expands into the US with new office in New York, a key market for LAES
Highview Power awarded £1.5 million by Innovate UK for new hybrid LAES system to respond to frequency response market
Highview Power and SNC Lavalin announce collaboration to deploy LAES projects in North America
Pilsworth LAES Plant officially launched by Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE, Chief Scientific Adviser at BEIS
The new conceptual GigaPlant 200MW/1.2GWh
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