Board of Directors
Active Energy Group Plc is led by a highly experienced and dedicated management team, with a proven track record. They are committed to creating a European market leader in the sustainable Biomass energy and timber products industries.
Richard Spinks is a seasoned entrepreneur, with a proven track record in business development within the hi-tech, food processing, agriculture and forestry/biomass industries.
He has worked in Central and Eastern Europe since 1980, gaining vast experience and a network of high-level contacts across different industry sectors in a number of emerging markets, including Russia, Ukraine and Poland.
Richard was a pioneer in the emerging Internet industry, and was Director of Business Development at Lycos Bertelsmann GmbH in the late-1990s, before founding and serving as Chief Executive Officer at Vavo.com, an innovative social media platform. From 2001-2004 he held a number of roles at British Seafood Plc, successfully developing it to become one of the largest sector companies in both the Polish and Russian markets.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at Active Energy Group Plc in 2012, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer (2004-2009) at Landkom International Plc, the first AIM-listed company in the agricultural sector, based in Ukraine.
Matteo Girlanda has over ten years experience in pan-European wood trading, processing and logistics for the Biomass fuel and MDF manufacturing sectors, as well as considerable knowledge of forestry management, renewability and sustainability.
After graduating from the University of Verona with a BSc in Economics and Management, he was an accountant at Studio Bogoni (2000-2002), before founding Gecofin SRL, a management consultancy specialising in M&A activity (2002-2010) and Interconsult SRL, an international steel and wood trading firm (2002-2012).
Matteo has worked in Ukraine since 2005, initially as Director of ICL Ukraine (2005-2011), a woodchip processing and shipping company. He then founded and headed up Nikofeso Group, which owned and operated high-volume woodchip processing, logistics and port facilities in Western and Southern Ukraine, and which he developed to become the country’s leading exporter of woodchip to the EU and Turkey. Active Energy Group Plc acquired Nikofeso Group in June 2013, and he was appointed to the board as Chief Operating Officer at that time.
Chief Financial Officer, Active Energy Group Plc
Brian Evans-Jones is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with many years international experience working with start-ups and established businesses across a broad range of industry sectors.
After graduating with a B.Sc (Econ) Honours degree in International Politics from the University of Wales, he trained and qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), before joining a provincial accountancy practice, which he subsequently took over. From 1995 to 2003 he ran his own professional practice, specialising in SMEs, business consultancy and tax planning.
Since that time he has acted as a consultant to, officer of, and investor in a number of businesses in the food, manufacturing, construction and property sectors across the UK, Europe and CIS, including several turn-around situations and early stage companies. His clients have included Harsco Inc., Ensemble Combined Services, Celtic Oriental, Boditronics, Ty Nant Spring Water (where he was a Founder and Finance Director) and Seconds Ahead. Before assuming his position at Active Energy Group, he was retained as a consultant and advisor on several new business opportunities that the company continues to explore.
Interim Non-executive Chairman, Active Energy Group Plc
Michael Rowan is a qualified solicitor, experienced investment manager and successful corporate financier with a broad range of international commercial and legal contractual experience.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he practised as a solicitor at Linklaters in London, Hong Kong and New York, working with leading global financial institutions. He then moved to Merrill Lynch International in London and New York, initially as Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel of Equity Capital Markets, before being appointed Director/Co-Head of the Syndicate Desk, Equity Capital Markets, with responsibility for origination, execution and commercial negotiation of equity and equity-linked transactions, including major privatisations in the UK and EMEA regions.
Since then he has held a number of senior roles within the Venture Capital, Mid Cap Broking and Asset Management sectors with Accelera Capital, Numis Securities and Charles Stanley Securities in London and Hong Kong; and was most recently Business Development Director and Investment Manager at JM Finn & Co, where his responsibilities included strategic advice and investment management for equities, bonds, collectives, small cap and alternative assets. He was also a Non-Executive Director at Voiamo Group Plc, a global provider of advanced mobile data connectivity and communication solutions.
His current Board-level roles include Director and Partner at RD Active Capital Limited and Rowan & Associates Limited, private companies that specialise in international micro capital and seed financing opportunities; and Chairman of Environmental Recycling Technologies Plc.