BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MIKE ELLWOOD
CHAIRMAN

Michael is an experienced corporate banker having previously been Managing Director of RBS Structured Finance. Most recently, as Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking at Santander U.K. Ltd in London, he assisted in establishing Santander in the U.K. corporate banking market, with a significant presence in the renewable and infrastructure sector.

He sat on both the U.K. Executive Committee and the Global Coverage Board for the Investment Bank and was also a senior member of the U.K. Credit Committee.

Michael now has a portfolio of non-executive roles across a variety of sectors.

Michael is an experienced corporate banker having previously been Managing Director of RBS Structured Finance. Most recently, as Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking at Santander U.K. Ltd in London, he assisted in establishing Santander in the U.K. corporate banking market, with a significant presence in the renewable and infrastructure sector.

He sat on both the U.K. Executive Committee and the Global Coverage Board for the Investment Bank and was also a senior member of the U.K. Credit Committee.

Michael now has a portfolio of non-executive roles across a variety of sectors.

ALEJANDRO CIRUELOS
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alejandro is a Managing Director at Sustainable Development Capital LLP (“SDCL”) where he heads the renewable energy and power practice of the firm. He has 15 years of experience in structuring, financing, investing and raising capital for power and infrastructure projects and corporations. Alejandro has participated twice as an expert witness in the UK Energy and Climate Change Committee and co-authored Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future.

Prior to joining SDCL Alejandro was a Managing Director and member of the executive leadership team of Santander Corporate & Investment Banking in London where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and placement of private debt and equity products.

Alejandro is a Managing Director at Sustainable Development Capital LLP (“SDCL”) where he heads the renewable energy and power practice of the firm. He has 15 years of experience in structuring, financing, investing and raising capital for power and infrastructure projects and corporations. Alejandro has participated twice as an expert witness in the UK Energy and Climate Change Committee and co-authored Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future.

Prior to joining SDCL Alejandro was a Managing Director and member of the executive leadership team of Santander Corporate & Investment Banking in London where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and placement of private debt and equity products.

BRIAN BASHAM
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian Basham is a former investigative journalist, Mergers & Acquisitions communications specialist and entrepreneur.  He started his career in journalism with City Press, then moved to the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. After a brief spell as a fund manager, he moved into public relations, joining John Addey Associates.

Brian has been a founding member of a number of companies, including Broad Street Group, Primrose Care, Equity Development and ArchOver. He has also advised the chairmen and chief executives of many large companies and organisations, including British Airways, Hanson, BAE Systems, Tesco, Guinness, Safeway, Wimpy, Saatchi and Saatchi, Age Concern and the British Association of Pension Funds.

Brian Basham is a former investigative journalist, Mergers & Acquisitions communications specialist and entrepreneur.  He started his career in journalism with City Press, then moved to the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. After a brief spell as a fund manager, he moved into public relations, joining John Addey Associates.

Brian has been a founding member of a number of companies, including Broad Street Group, Primrose Care, Equity Development and ArchOver. He has also advised the chairmen and chief executives of many large companies and organisations, including British Airways, Hanson, BAE Systems, Tesco, Guinness, Safeway, Wimpy, Saatchi and Saatchi, Age Concern and the British Association of Pension Funds.

LORD JAMES WHARTON
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James is a British Conservative Party politician who entered the House of Lords as Baron Wharton of Yarm in September 2020.

Prior to this, he served as the Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Stockton South from 2010 to 2017 and served as the Northern Powerhouse Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He also served as the Minister for Africa at the Department for International Development. James’ early career was as a solicitor working for a firm in the North East of England.

James now has a number of roles including Chair of the Office for Students, England’s Higher Education regulator.

James is a British Conservative Party politician who entered the House of Lords as Baron Wharton of Yarm in September 2020.

Prior to this, he served as the Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Stockton South from 2010 to 2017 and served as the Northern Powerhouse Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He also served as the Minister for Africa at the Department for International Development. James’ early career was as a solicitor working for a firm in the North East of England.

James now has a number of roles including Chair of the Office for Students, England’s Higher Education regulator.