Non-Executive Directors

Crossflow Energy’s Board of Directors represent a pro-active shareholder base with world-class financial and technical backgrounds.

Professor Mark Cross
Professor Mark CrossChair of the Board & Director for R&D

Professor Cross was appointed Chair of the Board in November 2016. He also serves as Executive Director for R&D.

Professor Cross recently retired as the LCRI Professor of Renewable Energy in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. With over 40 years of experience in the field of computational modelling, analysis and optimisation of engineering processes and systems, he pioneered the concept of simulation-based design using advanced numerical methods on high-performance parallel computers.

He has worked with Crossflow Energy since its earliest days on conceptual design and analysis of its turbine systems and for much of this time has provided essential technology support to the Board. Mark has wide industrial and senior management experience. He was a Head of School, Director of Research and then Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich over a 20 year period, where he spun out a number of high technology start-up companies from his research team, including one the US which successfully sold to a multi-national corporation in 2012.

Anthony Fenwick-Wilson
Anthony Fenwick-WilsonFounder & Executive Chairman

Anthony founded Crossflow Energy in 2007 and is currently Executive Chairman.

He has had broad international business experience in many fields. Having realised the multi-billion dollar growth potential in the energy conservation business, he founded CarbonAqua, which within five years of start-up had over £80 million of business in the pipeline, with clients such as Microsoft, Mercedes Benz and the British Government.

After examining the enormous potential of what has become the Crossflow Energy turbine, he formed the Crossflow Energy Company and resigned as the executive chairman of CarbonAqua in order to totally concentrate on developing Crossflow Energy into a profitable, global company, with the financial benefits that that could bring to those involved.

Edward Nicholson
Edward NicholsonNon-Executive Director

Edward has been a Non-Executive Director of Crossflow Energy since 2012.

He has had a long career in investment banking, strategy consultancy and the provision of advisory services to private businesses and their owners, with a particular focus on the Emerging Markets and specifically Latin America.

He was a director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd in its corporate finance division, chairman of several Barclays/BZW asset management businesses and subsequently co-led the Latin American corporate finance and strategy practice for McKinsey & Company, based in Brazil.

He is a non-executive director of several companies and serves as an advisor to a small number of Family Offices as well as to a FTSE 100 company on Latin America. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Juan-Enrique Rassmuss
Juan-Enrique RassmussNon-Executive Director

Juan-Enrique is one of the principal investors in Crossflow Energy, and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Company since April 2012.

He manages his family’s investments in steel, oil and gas, industrials, alternative energy, transport, agriculture and mining.

Jonathan Hale
Jonathan HaleNon-Executive Director

Jonathan became a Non-Executive Director in 2013.

He has over 35 years of commercial and financial experience in the aerospace, energy, mining and consulting sectors.

Prior to joining Crossflow Energy, Jonathan was director of strategy for Rolls Royce plc and a member of its group executive for ten years, retiring in 2010. He was responsible for corporate strategy, M&A, development of new businesses and partnerships, and technology development and commercialisation.

Over his career, Jonathan has also worked for Anglo American in South Africa; Fluor in San Francisco; LEK  Consulting in London, where he was a senior partner, a member of the executive committee and responsible for its industrial practice; and Ascot, a fine and speciality chemicals company, where as head of corporate finance and strategy he oversaw several acquisitions and disposals.

Jonathan has an MBA from Harvard School of Business Administration and an MA and BA from Cambridge University in Metallurgy and Materials Science.

Chris Branch
Chris BranchNon-Executive Director

Chris has been a Non-Executive Director of Crossflow Energy since 2010.

He most recently founded Momentum Underwriting Management, a specialist personal accident and life managing agency, which he recently sold.

Previously, Chris helped to set up CIGNA RE Europe, the European arm of American company CIGNA Corp.

Chris is a graduate from Reading University.

Executive Team

Crossflow Energy’s executive team brings together relevant expertise in product engineering; renewable energy project finance and development; engineering project management and commercialisation of new technologies.

Jim Barry
Jim Barry CEO

Jim Barry joined the Crossflow Energy team as from January 2017 bringing substantial financial and business experience from the banking and renewables sectors. Most recently he was with Vestas, the leading Danish based Wind Turbine manufacturer who he joined in 2010 to develop training to ensure a thorough understanding within Vestas of Project Financing structures and techniques, at the time supporting Vestas to reposition itself from a sales focussed to one supporting developers to secure finance and providing long term O&M support for projects. Prior to Vestas Jim worked for over 20 years in the Banking Sector with Barclays, Dresdner, HBOS and UniCredit where he ran various specialist teams focussed on both advisory and debt arranging and underwriting activities in the Project & Export Finance area. His financing experience goes across a wide range of Infrastructure sectors and geographic regions, but in recent years he has focussed increasingly on renewable energy including time spent with Trinergy, a leading developer and operator of wind farms in Italy and Germany, as Head of Capital Management, helping to develop and secure a €1bn+ refinancing structure for a portfolio of Italian and German wind assets. Jim, in his capacity as CEO, has now joined the Board of Crossflow Energy.

Rob Ellis
Rob EllisDirector of Engineering

Rob Ellis joined Crossflow Energy, initially, as the Senior Engineer in April 2011 and has led the design and manufacturing of each generation of the company’s wind and water turbines since. He is responsible for the successful design, build and operation of the X-feg now operating on the Port Talbot site. Rob has decades of extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, notably in wind and water turbines, including a spell as project manager at Swanturbines. His extensive experience includes working with composite materials, offshore foundation design, mast design and construction and installation, tool making and manufacturing of sophisticated components. Rob reports to the Board  on all aspects of development of the C-FEC technologies.

Rebecca White
Rebecca WhiteCommercial Director

Having spent 18 years in engineering and project finance in both the private and public sector, Rebecca has considerable experience of the management and delivery of large engineering projects and has excellent business focus, analytical and negotiation skills.

Managing the business on a day-to-day basis, Rebecca’s role is to provide strong direction and motivation to the South-Wales based team in order to achieve the vision and goals of the organisation, and drive strategic performance at all levels.  She is responsible for delivering the business strategy, key goals and initiatives to enable the company to bring the Crossflow renewable energy technology solution to commercialisation.

With a passion for sustainable development, having managed in-country student engineering projects in rural Africa, Rebecca lectures in Project Management in Sustainable Engineering at Swansea University.

Dr Sian George
Dr Sian GeorgeStrategic Advisor

Dr Sian George joined Crossflow Energy in January 2017. Sian is a highly-experienced senior manager who has helped leverage over £100m in grants and private equity for SMEs in the life-sciences and renewable energy sector. In her role as interim CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, the European trade body for marine energy, Sian delivered a European Market entry strategy for the sector. Prior to this Sian spent 7 years as Head of Commercial Development at Aquamarine Power Ltd, where she secured contracts and investment from corporates such as BAE Systems, SSE Plc and ABB Plc. From 2001 Sian also acted as a business development consultant to Aircraft Medical limited, securing grant funding and supporting their initial market entry strategy. Aircraft was acquired by Medtronic for $110m in 2015. Before moving to the private sector, Sian worked for the UK Department of International Development and the Financial Services Authority Merger Task Force. She has a Ph.D from Edinburgh University, her thesis investigated legal and policy frameworks for natural resource exploitation in the UK. Sian is currently Chair of the Board of Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited and provides strategic advice to a number of companies in the renewables sector.