Wharfside Regeneration Development Limited (WRDL) is a group with specialised property expertise including the regeneration of brownfield sites throughout the UK. The directors have collective experience and track record in all aspects of site assembly, development and management. The formation of UED is seen as an extension of using brownfield land for the much-needed beneficial use of power generation where building is not a possibility.
John R OxleyChair
John Oxley was until 2006 an equity partner of Allsop & Co, a leading firm of UK commercial agents with a 100 year track record throughout the UK and Europe. John is a director of Wharfside both in dealing with its funding and the investment elements of its developments. He has worked on financing the development in Ipswich and securing the NWQ deal with Plymouth Hospitals Trust. John has over 35 years of property experience and has been involved in development, (office, retail and industrial) and commercial investments principally based in central London, but working throughout the UK and also in Europe. This has included Holland, France, Belgium and Spain where he was a director in European Estates. This company brought transparent property auctions to Spain and progressed assisted living and nursing homes in the private sector. Other businesses have included a development of golf lodges in South Africa and non-executive posts including a multi asset portfolio fund and a real time broadcasting company.
Trevor R BickersOperations Director
Trevor has, in recent years, specialised in dealing with complicated, contaminated Brownfield Sites. He has been a Director of companies developing regeneration schemes using his previous planning and construction experience to motivate consultants and contractors to deliver attractive award winning schemes in the UK. Subsequent to this, Trevor spent 10 years in the roadside, hotel and leisure industry, acquiring sites for national petroleum companies, then moving solely into the leisure market developing hotels, restaurants, and health and fitness clubs throughout the UK. Previously he was involved in the commercial and residential sector, prior to moving into building contracting and development. Trevor is an experienced property and land acquisitions negotiator with a wealth of experience in dealing with complicated Brownfield Sites. He has been successful in dealing with planning, and environmental matters relating to site acquisition, planning, building regulations and development to completion. Trevor negotiates with Local Authorities in matters relating to Section 106 Agreements, acquisitions, leases and onward sales.
Charles Morris started his first company in the mid 90’s, an engineering and fabrication company specialising in the manufacture and repair of logistic handling equipment offering a nationwide coverage to several Blue Chip companies. The expansion of the company attracted an offer which could not be refused. He then spent the next year doing a feasibility study into the handling and accountability of used cooking oil and 2006 saw the launch of Oilsense Ltd. Over the next six years, Charles oversaw the rollout of several hundred Oilsense systems throughout the UK and Northern Europe, winning Supplier of the Year Award from KFC in 2009. This culminated in a company sell out in 2013. Other businesses within the entrepreneur’s portfolio include commercial and domestic property along with a specialist safety wear company. Charles joined the WRDL team early 2016.
Empower Community Management LLP (ECM) is a social enterprise that balances the interests of all stakeholders by providing a high quality investment opportunity with attractive returns. With over 10,000 social and private residential solar installations completed and two 5MW CIC-based solar parks under management, all projects are designed to facilitate a community share in revenues.
Robert KnowlesPartner, Finance and Commercial
Bob is a co-founding partner of ECM and is responsible for all aspects of the financial planning and execution of ECM’s asset investments, including financial modelling, legal contracts, due diligence, reporting and asset optimisation. He also designs, tests and implements the development of new initiatives.Prior to Empower Community, Robert had a twenty-year background in business and financial services, working with organisations and their senior management. This has included designing and delivering solutions in new ventures creation, capital raising, institutional investments, project finance, tax planning and personal wealth planning. He has developed a considerable network of contacts in the financial and professional services arenas and has raised over £500m of investment capital in syndicated investments and bespoke arrangements. Robert has advised and helped establish a number of ventures focused on sustainable development including companies developing new technologies, a clean tech fund, a climate change communications initiative and a renewable energy projects company.
Paul YiannouzisPartner, Engineering and Project Delivery
Paul looks after the technical and commercial aspects of new project acquisition, development and delivery, as well as the operation and maintenance, contractor and project host relations and asset monitoring and optimisation. Paul is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the energy, water and petrochemical sectors gained both in the UK and overseas. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of large energy infrastructure projects over the past 20 years. Paul has managed his own project development organisation delivering large energy-from-waste projects for private and public sector clients. In 2009 he was appointed a non-executive director of MWH Engineering Group leading the developing of the company’s Energy & Industry activities and developing a capability to deliver services in the EMEA region. Paul was an executive director of the London Climate Change Agency responsible for developing and managing projects and initiatives catalysing the renewable sector in the London environment. Projects included PV facilities for City Hall and Palestra and CHP facilities for Palestra. During this period he was an executive director of the London ESCO, an EDF Energy and LCCA joint venture, responsible for the management of large infrastructure projects. Until recently he was Deputy Chair for the London Energy Partnership promoting the implementation of energy efficiency and decentralised energy infrastructure. Before joining the LCCA Paul was European regional director for Black & Veatch Engineering, a consulting and construction group, responsible for managing the business across the region. During his time in the energy and water sectors Paul has managed, either as programme director or manager, in excess of £650m of projects.
Alex GraysonManaging Partner
As a co-founding partner, Alex looks after the general management, project development, marketing, company secretarial and day-to-day operations of ECM. He is also a trustee to the Empower Community Foundation, providing strategic and partnering execution of the hard-wired community benefit elements of ECM’s asset portfolio. Previously, Alex’s 25-year background in senior management, sales, marketing, public relations and corporate social responsibility roles, was in both UK and New Zealand corporate and SME settings. He spent six years heading up CSR and corporate sponsorship for a major New Zealand bank and a national telephone network, responsible for strategy development and delivery of several local, regional and national programmes, delivering maximum return on investment while supporting and protecting the integrity of a wide range of community, sporting, arts and other not-for-profit organisations. He subsequently managed a privately-owned charitable trust operating in the field of education and personal development, where he planned, marketed and delivered a range of professional trainings and courses from around the world. Then, as CEO of a globally-trading educational training company he designed, developed and marketed a web platform and network of trained and licensed resellers in North America, Scandinavia, Australia and the UK.