“Greenbackers is all about catalyzing the investment needed to build a more sustainable society. By connecting disruptive technology providers to our network of climate focused investors, we’d like to think we’re helping to save the planet – deal by deal”
Robert is Founder and Managing Partner at Greenbackers Investment Capital. Robert has spent 30 years in technology development and finance, with the last 14 focused on cleantech. He previously was Chair of ecoConnect, a leading UK green industry forum, prior to that, he held management positions in venturing and technology development at ABB, WorldCom and GEC-Marconi plc. He is an advisor to start-up VC firm, Zero Carbon Capital and a contributing member to Cambridge Cleantech, The Institute of Directors, Scottish Renewables and The Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association. He lives in Glasgow with his wife Catherine, a best-selling historical fiction writer and in his spare time enjoys hiking and sailing.
With a 30-year international career with BP, John has held senior level positions in strategy development and R&D and across sales, marketing, and business management. Product commercialisation was a recurrent theme involving process development, testing, specification, scale-up, and supply chain management. Building on this experience and application of both the licensing business model and corporate venturing, he helped to run a Commercialisation Practitioner Course for Technologists. He has a BSc in Environmental Chemistry, PhD in Organic Chemistry, both from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the Open University.
Andrew headed Scottish Investment Bank’s £103m Renewable Energy Investment Fund, investing equity and debt into a range of marine, low carbon and community owned renewables projects, leveraging private investment; was also Head of Investment at DP Energy, a developer of renewable energy projects world-wide and served as Head of Energy Practice Group at Alliuris, an alliance of independent law firms from across Europe. Andrew participates on the Innovation Fund Expert Group by the European Commission Directorate-General Climate Action. He was a private sector lawyer for 30 years. He is now a recognised expert on the Blue Economy and a regular speaker at international conferences.
Mark forged in his career in energy/industrial private equity by building portfolio companies for UK and US based funds. In that period he conceived investment theses, raised capital, sourced deals, integrated mergers and drove double digital organic growth. Mark has worked in all major regions of the industrialized and developing worlds including roles at IBM Corp, GKN Plc, Weir Group, Allrig Inc and AEA Investors. He holds a Batchelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of West of Scotland and an MBA from University of Strathclyde. He is also a GlobalScot and maintains Professional Engineer status from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK.
Tony is a portfolio investor/investee appointed Non-Exec Director and Observer providing strategic management commercial and investment coaching and mentoring support to SMEs and startups. He works in in cleantech engineered technology solutions across numerous sectors including Space tech, Agri-tech renewable energy and water conservation. He is also a regular reviewer and adjudicator for investor pitch events. His previous career included 14 years as a Technician Engineer in the Navy followed by 25 years in the power generation distribution and transmission sector with 17 years at GE where he was Director of Commercial Operation for infrastructure and General Manager for London 2012 Olympics. Tony is based in the Vale of Glamorgan is a keen road runner, coaches rugby union and rugby league and is a long standing Career Ready Mentor.
Jim is a chartered engineer and former Investment Manager at SSE Venture Capital with extensive experience as an investor director in the renewables and cleantech sectors. Currently deployed in Ocean Energy, Floating Offshore Wind and E-mobility investments, Jim sees unprecedented opportunity coming from the global epiphany on climate change, for both technology and services businesses. A keen sailor and walker, who can join a board meeting from just about anywhere.
Jae is a sustainability executive with 20 years experience in ESG, Cleantech innovation, beyond net zero, regenerative economy and climate strategy space, He speaks as keynote at 25+ events a year. He is a guest lecturer on the University of British Columbia & University of Birmingham MBA programs and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership programme. He is the CEO of the Carbon Free Group (UK), a Board member of the Clean Energy Research Group at Simon Fraser University (Can) and is a member of the strategic advisory council (SAC) as well the climate change and energy-working group at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Jae is also an IEMA and a RSA Fellow, a registered Principle Environmental Auditor (PEA), a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and is GRI G4 certified.
Sharon has been involved in art and design all her life with experience in advertising for a broad range of industries. She first started working in the UK cleantech sector in 2007, when climate change issues were just starting to attract interest. Sharon works with cleantech consultancies, investment firms and technology start-ups to create compelling visual communications that clearly tell the story of who they are and what they do. She studied Graphic Design after attending The National School of the Arts in her hometown, Johannesburg and after 21 years in the UK, now lives in Cape Town with her young family.