Meet The Team

We're a pretty special bunch. Roll over our pics to find out more about each member of staff...

Just roll over the images to find out more about each of our staff.

Dr Simon Pickering

Ecologist

Started at Ecotricity: June 2009.

A typical day at work involves: Anything from sitting at my desk reviewing reports on potential wind park sites to getting out and doing detailed ecological surveys myself, particularly of bats. This can mean late nights, early starts or even both! But even the most well-written of reports can’t beat seeing a site for yourself...

I learnt my trade by: Doing a degree in Applied Biology, which also involved a year working in northern Canada. Then a Phd in the Scottish borders testing one of Darwin theories about wild goats, then a job with the British Antarctic Survey, then I worked for the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, followed by the Cotswold Water Park...!

Favourite quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.” - Margaret Mead

Favourite word: Yes.

I like: Restoring my old house, mountain biking, walking, and cooking good local food.

Joe Patel

New Ventures Project Coordinator

Started at Ecotricity: October 2006.

A typical day at work involves: Working on new projects, including our Electric Highway. I review project updates and information, attend meetings, visit new electric vehicle (EV) charge sites, test drive EVs and check charge points.

I learnt my trade by: Joining our billing department when I left school and moved around the company to where I am now. It’s been quite a journey!

Favourite quote: "Challenge accepted."

Favourite word: Smashing.

I like: Playing piano, singing, cinema and dancing. I make a mean cheesecake – ask my colleagues! I also love to travel and I’ve recently discovered my newfound love for cycling thanks to our Bike2Work Scheme. 

Khalid Tai

Energy Trader

Started at Ecotricity: September 2010.

A typical day at work involves: Monitoring power and gas market prices, trading and long term hedging to meet our customers’ energy requirements.

I learnt my trade by: Having a passion for trading and learning from knowledgeable people.

Favourite quote: "Everyone was going on about 10.11.12 being once a in a lifetime date. Isn't every single day once a lifetime, never to return?"

Favourite word: Compartmentalise.

I like: Sports, politics and philosophy.

Ali Coates

Paralegal / Data Protection Officer

Started at Ecotricity: July 2011.

A typical day at work involves: Working as part of our legal team on all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, such as employment law, terms and conditions of business and dealing with the Green Britain Foundation. I’m also Data Protection Officer for our customers’ and employees’ personal information.

I learnt my trade by: Studying law through the Open University while working in private practice. I’ve recently – with company support – completed the academic stage to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

Favourite quote: From an episode of QI: Stephen Fry: "How do otters kill crocodiles?" Rob Brydon: "Softly with their songs."

Favourite word: Discombobulated.

I like: My dog, cake and cake.

Lorna Rouffet

Metering Team Leader

Started at Ecotricity: February 2010.

A typical day at work involves: Overseeing the Metering Team to make sure our customers’ queries are dealt with efficiently – from meter faults, exchanges and supply relocations to upgrades and new connections. I also work with our meter read agents to ensure they follow our high standards of customer service.

I learnt my trade by: Working here... I knew very little about the energy industry before I started. I’ve built my knowledge up working across our back office teams.

Favourite quote: "Get it done."

Favourite word: Chocolate cake [Ed: I know, I know]

I like: Netball, going to the gym, watching The Great British Bake Off and eating lots of food.

Bruce Cockrean

Head of Sustainability

Started at Ecotricity: February 2010.

A Typical day at work involves: Overseeing our environmental management systems, making sure we continually improve our environmental performance, eco-audits, carbon footprint reporting, getting staff involved in the community and increasing their awareness of environmental issues.

I learnt my trade by: A degree in Agricultural Zoology, post grad in Ecology and Conservation and a Masters in Environmental Assessment and Management. I’ve developed nature reserves, designed and managed an ecology centre and worked as an environmental consultant in New Zealand. I’ve also worked in over 20 countries as Director of a Sustainability Consultancy.

Favourite quote: "They went because their open eyes could see no other way." - on a statue to the International Brigade in London adapted from a poem by C Day-Lewis.

Favourite word: Languid.

I like: Rugby, cooking good food and working on the allotment.

Stephen Horry

Head of Operations and Maintenance

Started at Ecotricity: As a sub contractor in 2004 and went full time in 2006.

A typical day at work involves: Monitoring our wind farms remotely from our Louth service centre. Organising and dispatching Ecotricity service teams to sites to carry out preventive and corrective maintenance. Ensuring we comply with the latest Health & Safety regulations.

I learnt my trade by: Being an apprentice in an international manufacturing business. Then I established my own small business. Through this I met Ecotricity and here I am now.

Favourite quote: "Measure twice, cut once. If a job's worth doing it’s worth doing right.'

Favourite word: Achievable.

I like: I really enjoy motor sport and aviation.

Helen Taylor

Ecotricity Ambassador

Started at Ecotricity: October 2010.

A typical day at work involves: Spreading the word about us and delivering our ‘Green Britain’ vision. I look after our partner campaigns, make presentations, review projects, run events and manage our charitable foundations. My newest ‘bag’ is to develop an eco-education programme for some of our key windmill sites, our football ground and the Green Britain Centre.

I learnt my trade by: Working in the food industry and then managing the certification of organic food, beauty and textiles at the Soil Association – plus business development, marketing and fundraising for them.

Favourite quote: "If you believe you can do it, you can."

Favourite word: Very. I say it too much, I’ve gotta stop this!

I like: Achieving loads, being busy and chilling out with my friends.


Dr Simon Pickering

Dr Simon Pickering

Joe Patel

Joe Patel

Khalid Tai

Khalid Tai

Ali Coates

Ali Coates

Lorna Rouffet

Lorna Rouffet

Bruce Cockrean

Bruce Cockrean

Stephen Horry

Stephen Horry

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor