Team

At Gravitricity we have a dynamic, expert team which includes creative engineers, analysts and business leaders – each one aligned to our ambitious mission and passionate about the potential offered by Gravitricity energy storage. 

Our company was established in 2011 by Martin Wright and Peter Fraenkel MBE – the inventor of Gravitricity. Peter was the inventor and Technical Director of Marine Current Turbines, which deployed the world’s most successful tidal turbine in Northern Ireland. Martin is chairman of the UK Renewable Energy Association. 

Board

Martin Wright

Martin Wright

Chairman

Martin has a background in entrepreneurial company development, venture capital and oil and gas. Today he is Chairman of the UK Renewable Energy Association and of Mojo Maritime Ltd.

Peter Fraenkel

Founder and Technical Advisor

Peter was the inventor and technical director of Marine Current Turbines, which deployed the world’s most successful tidal turbine. In 2013 Peter received an MBE for services to Marine Energy.

Charlie Blair

Managing Director

Formerly Head of Marine Energy in the Carbon Trust’s Innovation Team, Charlie is an experienced commercial leader, with 15 years’ experience in clean energy technology innovation.

Juliet Davenport

Board Advisor

Climate scientist, renewable pioneer, businesswoman, environmental entrepreneur. Juliet founded the UK’s first 100 percent renewable electricity supplier, Good Energy, in 2000.

Robin Lane

Robin Lane

Commercial Director

Robin holds 15 years of experience driving business growth in the energy transition and sustainability sectors. This experience builds on a previous role as a solicitor practising corporate and commercial law.

Team

Chris Yendell

Project Development Manager

Chris is a mechanical engineer with over nine years’ experience in renewable project development. He has successfully delivered numerous consented renewable power projects to financial close.

Douglas Hitchcock

Project Engineer

Douglas is a mechanical engineer specialised in innovative technology development in the oil and gas industry. Previously, he was involved in the design and testing of disruptive near-market technology.

Frances Tierney

Engineering Programme Manager

Frances had overall responsibility for the build-out of the 250kW Concept Demo and now coordinates all Gravitricity’s engineering work packages.  She previously worked in the wave energy industry.

Gavin Edwards

Senior Mechanical Engineer

For nearly ten years Gavin has specialised in the design, analysis, and management of large-scale bespoke offshore handling and lifting projects, from concept through to commissioning.

Jill MacPherson

Senior Test and Simulation Engineer

Jill is an experienced test engineer with over nine years of experience testing and simulating prototype vehicles and renewable energy transmissions.

Julie Le Negaret

Julie Le Négaret

Mechanical Engineer

Julie graduated in Mechanical Engineering and specialised in integrated design from the University of Technology of Compiègne (France). Julie worked previously within aerospace design teams.

Khalid Abdulla

Senior Systems & Optimisation Engineer

Khalid is a Chartered Engineer with 8 years of experience working on the analysis and design of tidal-steam turbines and wave energy converters, and a PhD in the operational optimisation of battery energy storage systems.

Miles Franklin

Lead Engineer

Miles is a chartered mechanical engineer with seven years’ experience in new technology innovation, including novel borehole drilling machines in West Africa and new product development at Dyson.

Niall Moffat

Director of Finance

A chartered accountant with over ten years in practice (including four years with Ernst & Young), Niall has spent the last 15 years in commercial and strategic roles within industry.

Ruth Apps

Business Development Manager

An experienced commercial manager, Ruth has a background in consultancy and business analysis and is responsible for the strategic management of business development activities for Gravitricity.

Steven Kirk

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Steven is a chartered mechanical engineer with 10+ years’ experience commissioning a variety of leading-edge mechanical systems and structures in the offshore, space, and construction industries.

Richard Montague

Chief Technical Advisor

Richard is a chartered engineer with over ten years of experience. He supports the engineering team as Chief Technical Advisor.

Steffi Anderson

Electrical Engineering Advisor

Steffi is a chartered engineer with many years of experience working on conventional and pumped storage hydro, and the development and grid integration of new renewable generation technologies.