Aberdeen Heat & Power Team

RAMSAY MILNE Director, Member and Chair of AH&P
Director, Member and Chair

Ramsay Milne

Ramsay is chair of AH&P’s board and a member of both the development and the policy and operations sub-groups. He is also a board member of AH&P subsidiary company, District Energy Aberdeen Ltd (DEAL).

His role includes overseeing the management of the AH&P group companies, providing strategic direction, and fulfilling all the statutory duties of a company director. As chair, he is in regular contact with both other members and staff.

Ramsay worked for the NHS in the north-east of Scotland for more than 40 years, including as NHS Grampian’s property transactions manager. He also served as an Aberdeen City Councillor for 30 years, holding a range of roles there including convenor of housing and planning. He is a board member of the fuel poverty charity SCARF.

What he enjoys most about being involved in AH&P is working with the board and staff to extend the heat network and exploring options for new energy options that will reduce our carbon footprint.

Ian Davidson CEO of Aberdeen Heat & Power
CEO

Ian Davidson

Ian joined AH&P as CEO in 2018 after 11 years as a regional manager at Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting. He led a workforce of 120 there and was mainly responsible for managing high voltage, renewables, and windfarm projects.

His role involves providing management, advice and guidance to his team, and he particularly enjoys seeing how the operational and strategic sides of the business impact on each other. Another of Ian’s key functions is financial management and determining how plant efficiency and energy prices affect AH&P’s accounts.

One of the most rewarding aspects of his role is seeing the instant benefit completed projects deliver to customers as well as overseeing the network’s growth across Aberdeen.

Ian is also kept busy outside work, and if he’s not running his football team he’s watching or taking part in something else sports-related.

Michael Scott
Director and Vice-Chair

Mike Scott

Mike assists AH&P’s chair at meetings and also chairs the policy and operations group, taking a particular interest in financial matters, HR and governance.

He is a qualified planner and housing manager with more than 30 years’ experience in local authority town planning and housing management. In his role as Aberdeen City Council Director, he helped set up AH&P as part of tackling fuel poverty in the city.

Mike enjoys being part of a small yet dynamic organisation that’s making a real difference to people’s lives and bringing them tangible health and well-being benefits.

Outside work hours, Mike enjoys listening to music — blues is a favourite — and is still a CD buff. He also spends as much time as he can with his wife and daughter — and her daughter — as well as going to the odd football match with his sons.

Director and Member

Michael King

Michael is a district energy professional with 26 years’ experience in the field.

He advises local authorities, housing associations, and government agencies on the development of heat network projects, and is the author of guidance on heat network project development published in the UK, US, and Canada.

He is chairman of CORE, a university-owned company developing a heat network in NW Cambridge, and is a director of Energetik, a municipally-owned company delivering a heat network in the Upper Lea Valley in NE London.

Michael holds a BSc in Psychology from North East London Polytechnic and Masters in Voluntary Sector Organisation & Policy from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

AT AH&P, Michael leads on public relations activities, and is committed to seeing delivery of an integrated city-wide network providing sustainable energy for all residents, particularly those on lower incomes.

An avid traveller and long-distance walker, he swims once a week, maintains a garden, and enjoys hosting his extended family.

JEAN S MORRISON MBE Director & Member AH&P
Director & Member

Jean S Morrison MBE

Jean is an active board member and is also a member of the policy and operations sub-group.

She was the CEO of SCARF, a registered charity established in 1985 to alleviate fuel poverty, create employment, and provide training, and was awarded the MBE for services to energy efficiency in Scotland.

Jean also chairs the Disabled Persons Housing Service and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

What she values most about being involved with AH&P is staying true to its mission — to provide affordable warmth.

JANICE LYON Director and Treasurer of AH&P
Director and Treasurer

Janice Lyon

As well as being an AH&P director, Janice is our Treasurer and responsible for financial compliance and overseeing the team who produce our accounts and financial reports.

She worked for 14 years at Aberdeen City Council in energy-related areas before retiring in 2012 since when she has been closely involved in not-for-profit organisations reflecting her interest in housing, energy and tackling poverty. While still at the council, Janice had lead responsibility for establishing AH&P in 2002.

What Janice loves about AH&P is having been consistently able to provide affordable warmth to domestic customers and ‘fuel poverty proofing’ their homes.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking, gardening, and generally enjoying her hard-earned retirement.

DEREK DUNN Director pf AH&P
Director

Derek Dunn

Derek’s role as an Aberdeen Heat & Power director is to provide specialist knowledge to the board and participate in the company’s strategic management.

He has 35 years’ experience of operational management and support for a gas utility and holds a BSc degree in engineering. What Derek enjoys most about being involved with AH&P is working with like-minded people for the benefit of Aberdeen.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and taking part in Parkruns.

COUNCILLOR SANDRA MACDONALD Director AH&P
Director

Sandra McDonald

Sandra is one of three Aberdeen City Councillors for the George Street and Harbour ward and has held that seat since 2017. She earlier represented the St Machar ward between 2003 and 2007. She was born in Africa, brought up in Aberdeen, and currently works in the oil industry as a data analyst. A lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, she is also chair of Langstane Housing Association, and a member of Aberdeen Women’s Alliance.

Sandra is married to North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald and they have two daughters.

JULIA GALLAGHER Director AH&P
Director

Julia Gallagher

Julia is on the policy and operations sub-group as well as being an active member of the AH&P board.

Her past career has included being Yorkshire Building Society’s area manager for Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness with overall responsibility for staff development and customer services, as well as line managing branch managers. She now works with her sons — one is a financial advisor and the other a mortgage consultant — offering administrative support.

What she enjoys most about her AH&P role is working with others to deliver a service to provide heating for those least able to afford it and seeing the company go from strength to strength.

Julia and her husband also spend time looking after her grandson and socialising with family and friends.

COUNCILLOR ALEXANDER MCLELLAN Director AH&P
Director

Councillor Alexander McLellan

Alexander has been an Aberdeen City Council-appointed Director since 2018 and is a member of the policy and operations group.

He has represented the Tillydrone and Old Aberdeen ward since 2017, is also involved in Aberdeen Lads Club, and as a councillor representing communities who directly benefit from AH&P’s services, he greatly values being part of the team.

In his spare time, Alexander is a keen football and rugby fan, as well as a political activist.

Operations and Maintenance Manager

Mark Gordon

Mark is tasked with ensuring that AH&P’s five energy centres — which together contain seven combined heat and power generators — remain operational so that they can provide vital heating and hot water 24/7 to thousands of customers. He also has responsibility for several standalone boiler houses not yet connected to the network.

He comes from an oil and gas background and before joining AH&P spent 30-plus years in various roles within design and engineering services companies across Aberdeen.

Mark loves the benefits AH&P delivers to the city’s communities and seeing thousands of families lifted out of fuel poverty.

Running an amateur football team takes up a lot of his time away from work, and he’s also a keen follower of both Aberdeen FC and Manchester United as well as a motorsports fan. He tries to get to at least one MotoGP a year and is forever tinkering with his own cars.

KEVIN CHRISTIE Project Manager of AH&P
Project Manager

Kevin Christie

Kevin is responsible for managing the on-site delivery of district heating projects as well as future business opportunities to maximise the development of AH&P’s Aberdeen-wide network.

He has 30 years’ experience of working in the fuel poverty and energy efficiency sectors and previously worked for SCARF where — among other roles — he managed the advice team.

After a move to Aberdeen City Council he took over responsibility for the authority’s strategic approach to domestic fuel poverty, energy efficiency, and carbon reduction. The development of the city’s district heating network was part of his remit and where he first became involved with AH&P.

What Kevin enjoys most about his role is helping make people happier and more comfortable in their homes.

His hobbies revolve around sport — he is a youth football coach as well as playing five-a-side and golf — and also enjoys just taking time out with his family.

Jennifer Ritchie — Accounts Administrator AH&P
Accounts Administrator

Jennifer Ritchie

Jennifer is responsible for the smooth running of all AH&P’s bookkeeping and office administration and joined the team after working in the finance departments of a wide range of local and global companies.

She enjoys being part of a team committed to creating a better Aberdeen for all residents.

Away from her desk, Jennifer loves spending as much time as she can with her family.

CATH FITZGERALD Business Support Administrator AH&P
Business Support Administrator

Cath Fitzgerald

Cath’s role involves providing support across all parts of Aberdeen Heat & Power’s business areas and ensuring everything runs smoothly. Before joining AH&P, Cath had a range of roles, including working for the NHS, an engineering consultancy, in local government and for other not-for-profits.

What Cath loves best about working for AH&P is making a difference for the local community.

Outside work, you’ll find Cath playing viola in amateur orchestras.

Key Advisors

TINA BUCHANAN Financial Controller AH&P
Financial Controller

Tina Buchanan

Teno Energy Ltd
t: 07740 946 433
email: info@tenoaccounting.co.uk
w: http://www.tenoenergy.co.uk/

Tina is in charge of the overall management of AH&P’s finances, including budgeting, management accounts, assessing new developments, contracts, and compliance.

She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with extensive experience of running and developing district heat networks across in the UK as well as in other SMEs.

What Tina loves about her role is being part of a team that genuinely improves people’s lives by providing affordable and reliable warmth, being part of a team with the same social aims, and making a real difference.

Away from work, she enjoys cooking for family and friends and walking in the hills or on the beach.

Bill Rowe of AH&P
Chief Designer and Director

Bill Rowe CEng

Integrated Utilities Limited (IEU )
Telephone: 01803 752851
Email: info@integratedenergyutilities.co.uk

Integrated Utilities Ltd has been responsible for managing the engineering, design, and construction of the Aberdeen district heating project since its inception in 2002, and Bill is very much part of the AH&P team.

Bill — a chartered engineer — has worked on combined heat and power schemes across the UK for over 50 years, including major city-wide schemes in Nottingham, Southampton, and the City of London. Smaller schemes include Wick, Glasgow, and Plymouth.

He established Integrated Energy Utilities in 1995 and in the same year Darran Price joined as engineer-CAD draughtsman, playing a major role in combined heat and power district heating engineering design and technical development. Simon Beggs is IEL’s Aberdeen site construction supervisor and has worked on the AH&P project since 2005.

Bill was originally engaged by Aberdeen City Council and initially worked with the then Director of Housing Mike Scott and Home Energy Conservation Manager Janice Lyon, both now AH&P board members. He gains considerable satisfaction from delivering warm homes to Aberdeen households at an affordable cost while also achieving near-zero net carbon dioxide emissions.

He is a former rugby player with four children and five grandchildren and he now gets his sporting adrenalin flow from playing tennis.

Simon Beggs

Integrated Utilities Limited (IEU )
Telephone: 01803 752851
Email: info@integratedenergyutilities.co.uk

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