MEET THE TEAM!
Board of Directors
Founder & Director
Connie had the idea to set up Croydon Community Energy in April 2021, wanting to combine her professional experience in the energy industry with an enterprise that does good in the community. She currently works for an international energy supplier as an Project Manager.
Outside of her day job, she is also a coordinator at Croydon Climate Action and is the Chair of a group of Croydon South constituents who regularly meet with Chris Philp MP about environmental issues. Connie is really passionate about decarbonising the energy industry and is keen to help businesses and group lower their carbon emissions through the implementation of renewable energy generation. She recently obtained her City & Guilds Level 3 Energy Awareness certification
Deren is a Mechanical Engineer based in in Bromley – just outside Croydon. He is currently working towards chartership and has experience in the renewable industry, in telecommunication towers, and in combustion.
He has completed a solar panel installation course alongside a step 1 domestic electrician course to help drive our community into a low carbon way of life.
Katherine is passionate about fighting for climate justice. She studied Politics and International Relations at Kent University and has since worked for both the public and charity sectors.
She is a coordinator for Croydon Climate Action & the London Friends of the Earth Network and successfully organised Croydon’s Great Big Green Week. She works part time for Community Energy London so will bring her wider sector experience to the group. Katherine is excited to see Croydon Community Energy play an important role in Croydon's decarbonisation.
Jibran Ahmed has worked as a design engineer in the construction industry for over 6 years. His experience has ranged from designing mechanical systems, to producing thermal models for buildings in London.
He has previously worked in solar technology, and has a Masters in sustainable energy engineering. He has a passion for renewable energy generation, and wants to see more of the energy needed for our daily lives being generated locally, and controlled by the people using it.
Titilope Adeoye is a certified engineer and experienced Environmental Manager with 12 years of experience in climate change, renewable energy, emission management, and sustainable development working in the public sector.
She is the owner of DIY Renewables, an international entrepreneur group that develops biodigester systems using household waste to generate biogas for emerging markets.
Presently she is an Energy advisor in the community sector because she is passionate about ensuring people are at the centre of the energy transition and believes that climate change and fuel poverty are both social justice issues and that they must be tackled together. She is also enthusiastic about supporting community-based models for renewable energy and solving the environmental and social challenges facing energy systems in the UK.
Tim is a Software Engineer and has always been passionate about environmental issues. He has lately been involved on a voluntary basis in building an app to help people manage their impact on the environment. Tim has thought for some years that community energy is an important way to reduce emissions and give communities control over their energy needs, so jumped at the opportunity to work with Croydon Community Energy.
Gareth is a Senior Communications Advisor at Solar Energy UK and previously worked as an environmental journalist, writing for the ENDS Report (www.endsreport.com), the environmental business and policy journal. He has particular interests in law, air pollution, industrial regulation and chemicals and trained as an environmental consultant. Gareth was behind People and Planet's hugely successful Go Green campaign to improve environmental management in universities.
He is also a trustee of the Friends of Atwood Primary Academy and 16th Purley Scouts. He was a trustee of registered charity Sustainable Merton until 2011, when he moved back to Sanderstead, where he grew up.