Our Trustees

Neil Hartwell (Chair)

Photo of Trustee Neil HartwellNeil Hartwell joined Community Energy Plus as a Trustee in 2010. He lives in Fowey and works as a jeweller, and has previously supported the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action’s ten regional offices in England and Wales for seven years.

A trained psychologist, researcher and designer with a M.Phil. in Occupational Psychology, a BSc (Hons) in Economics and a BSc in Technology, Neil has worked at board level for several companies and charities and in other roles encompassing Finance, IT and Human Resources.  Neil has also worked in the steel and manufacturing industries in London and Northern England.


Manda Brookman

Photo of Trustee Manda BrookmanManda is involved in socially enterprising business and community-based work to enable social, economic and environmental change, with wide-ranging experience in resources; sustainable tourism; environment; and housing. Manda’s work centres particularly around the connection between community and health; and Manda is currently a Community Maker for Volunteer Cornwall.

Manda joined our Board of Trustees in November 2021.


Justin Butt

Justin is Head of Legal at Eden Sustainable based in Exeter, working nationally on renewable energy projects within the UK. Justin previously worked as a Partner (solicitor) within Stephens Scown’s Renewable Energy team which involved acting on behalf of developers, landowners, funders and community benefit societies.

Before qualifying at Stephens Scown, Justin worked as part of the Green Team (Renewables) at EDF Energy, building up a broad experience of the renewable energy sector. Justin has been awarded two European Energy Centre Galileo Master Certificates in respect of Renewable Energy Solutions.

Justin joined our Board of Trustees in December 2015.


Howard Richards

Photo of Trustee Howard RichardsHoward joined our Board of Trustees with a wealth of experience of private sector housing services within local government. His most recent role was as a Principal Officer in the Private Sector Housing team at Cornwall Council where he worked on projects to improve the standard of private sector housing, ensuring that they meet minimum legal standards. Before Cornwall Council became a unitary authority, Howard was a part of Carrick District Council’s Private Sector Housing Team.

Howard joined our Board of Trustees in January 2013.


Mark Summers

An energy engineer by background, Mark has over 30 years’ experience of working in both the private and public sectors in the South West. Mark is Cornwall Catchment Partnership Officer via Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which involves looking after a collaboration of organisations working at catchment/landscape scale to improve water quality, whilst achieving better flood resilience. Mark was previously the Low Carbon Lead of Cornwall Council’s Public Health team.

Mark is also a trustee of Cornwall Food Action charity and Chair of Cymaz Music, a musical inclusion charity working across Cornwall.

Mark joined our Board of Trustees in May 2013.


Steven Webb

Photo of Trustee Steven WebbSteven is a blogger, author, speaker, spiritualist and motivator in addition to being councillor for Truro City Council, where he currently holds the position of Mayor of Truro.

Steven joined our Board of Trustees in December 2019.