Meet the board
Charlie Crossley Cooke
Charlie has a long track record in the energy Industry most recently at Opus Energy which
he founded in 2002 and was Chief Executive until the successful sale of the business in early 2017.
An independent supplier, it grew through providing electricity and gas to small and medium-sized businesses in the United Kingdom.
As Opus Chief Executive, Charlie was responsible for growth, strategic direction and operational management of the company.
He has set up and run energy supply business in the United Kingdom, as well as Spain and the Netherlands.
He’s also a Trustee of the Heaton-Ellis Trust, a charity striving to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
He has been a non-executive Director since October 2014 and became chairman in October 2017
Sir Peter Thompson
Non executive director
Previously Chairman of Green Energy UK (2001- 2017),
Sir Peter Thompson has an exceptional business record,
being one time chairman of NFC Plc, F.I. Group Plc,
Community Hospitals Plc and Proshare.
He led the successful employee buy-out of NFC from the Government and as a result of its success,
many of the drivers and fitters who invested in the company saw their share values rise 120 times over a 9 year period.
A similar pattern followed when the F.I.GROUP employee buy-out was achieved in 1991.
His success presiding over innovative and different company ownership models has seen him take a particularly
keen interest in wider share ownership opportunities,
and like Doug, his previous involvement in transport ads a ’gamekeeper-turned-poacher’
dimension to the environmental benefits green energy can generate.
Doug is a graduate of Southampton University (Economics & Law) and spent his formative
career at Ford Motor Company in a number of sales and service roles including some
interesting years in Northern Ireland. From Ford he joined a start-up recruitment
exhibition company specialising in Information Technology markets which became the
largest of its kind, before setting up his own business retailing Volkswagens and
Audis as a Franchised dealer.
Having sold the motor business at the turn of the millennium, he found himself in
the fortunate position of being able to choose and decide what to do next. The blueprint
was an ethically sound business that made a contribution to the wider issues of
life through commerce.
Deciding the newly deregulated electricity markets offered just such an opportunity,
he formed Green Energy (UK) plc, with the express intent, shared by the rest of
the Board, of offering a product that rewarded consumers who took active steps to
do something about the wider environmental issues we face.
Tim started his career in insurance with the Prudential and moved through a diverse
route of Honeywell Control Systems, followed by a more traditional development route
through Grand Met. This was followed by a move to Milton Keynes Pressings as Financial
Director growing into a wider role as Commercial Director. At the same time he managed
to find time for an MBA to keep him challenged. He went on to spend an extended
period working around the globe with Gildemeister AG starting as CFO with European
responsibilities, then moving on to work and live in the US moving from CFO to President
of the sales and service business this quickly followed with a move to Asia as CEO.
Having returned to live in the UK in 2005 he has strived to bring a diversity of
interests into his working life whilst reducing the number of miles travelled. His
aim has been to work with like minded business partners who share his aims and challenge
him every day.
Green Energy UK fulfils all of this with a challenging business model, dynamic marketplace
and a very interesting share ownership model.