Meet the Wester Derry Wind Co-op Board
Nick Joy – Director
Nick studied agriculture at the Cirencester Royal Agricultural College and subsequently studied aquaculture at Inverness College. In 1999, Nick and two others formed Loch Duart Ltd, a salmon farming company designed to farm salmon differently using sustainable and environmentally-responsible approach. Nick was instrumental in the development of the RSPCA’s Freedom Food standard for the welfare of salmon. He is married with two children and lives in Angus.
Diane Ramsay – Director
Diane studied Law at university and worked in practices in Crieff, Blairgowrie and Perth specialising in Property Law. Diane and husband Alastair have owned Wester Derry Farm for twenty years and have participated in environmental and conservation schemes. She has also recently completed a farm diversification project providing sustainable farm holiday accommodation. Diane is passionate about renewable energy, she leads the Wester Derry wind turbine project, and is keen to see the local community get involved and benefit from it.
Jon Halle – Director and Company Secretary
Jon is a founder Director of Sharenergy Co-operative. A lifelong environmentalist, he has worked setting up renewable energy co-operatives for the last 10 years, notably with Goldenfuels in Oxfordshire and Energy4All in the West Midlands. He is also Company Secretary of several other successful renewable energy co-operatives including Dingwall Wind Co-op.
Mark Bragg – Director
Mark is a Chartered Engineer working as a surveyor of mechanical, electrical and composite equipment in Aberdeen. He haa been passionate about renewables since college and enjoys generating his own electricity at home. The Co-op benefits from his varied experience in rotating gas turbine power generation equipment, bolting materials, lifting equipment, planned maintenance schedules with mechanical & electrical systems. He is a committee member of The Welding Institute, Scottish Canoe Association Hydro power access group and a STEM ambassador, and enjoys being part of the new generation of Wind Co-ops that we all hope is currently “Taking the Country by storm”.
The Co-op has been developed in partnership with Sharenergy. Sharenergy is a co-operative which helps to set up renewable energy co-operatives. It is a spin-off from Energy4All which has established larger wind co-operatives across the UK and itself owes its origin to Baywind, the UK’s first renewable energy co-operative founded in 1997.
The wind turbine has been developed by Diane Ramsay, landowner at Wester Derry, working with Realise Renewables of Perth to obtain planning permission.