Chief Executive Officer
Michael is a qualified solicitor, qualified investment manager and successful corporate financier with a broad range of international commercial and legal 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, where he became a director of 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, Michael has held senior roles within the venture capital and mid & small cap broking sectors in London and Hong Kong. More recently, he was Business Development Director and an Investment Manager at JM Finn & Co and he continues to be involved in private companies which specialise in investing in international micro capital and seed financing opportunities. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.
Simon is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 30 years’ experience of working in senior roles within the finance sector, the last 24 of these at board level.
During his career to date he has held the role of CEO of AIM listed stockbroker Cenkos Securities Limited, previously serving as its Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director following its listing on AIM in 2006. During his time at Cenkos, Simon was directly responsible for the running of the finance, risk control, IT and operations departments, senior roles which he has also performed within a number of other organisations. He has had significant involvement with devising and implementing the corporate strategy of the organisations that he has worked for.
In recent years, Simon has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a number of companies outside the finance sector, including property investment, waste management and consumer finance companies.
Antonio is a qualified engineer with over 18 years' experience in logistics, operations, business development and project management globally and has an in-depth understanding of commodities export and global markets with a focus on woods and biomass-based fuels. He has a proven track record as a project manager, having been in charge of both the construction and the launch of a production facility in Eastern Europe, as well as overseeing the construction of biomass fired power plants in various locations worldwide. More recently, Antonio has managed the export of wood, wood products and other bulk commodities to South East Asia, India and Europe in addition to the procurement of wood supplies in excess of 5 million tonnes per annum. Whilst serving as Chief Operating Officer at Active Energy he was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Company's inaugural CoalSwitch™ plant in Utah, U.S. and the planned roll out of the Company's associated technologies including PeatSwitch™ in AEG's target markets.
Active Energy has a team of highly skilled personnel that have the relevant scientific, engineering, commercial and industry experience to execute the Company’s strategy.
Duncan Nealey, Chief Financial Officer
Duncan has over 20 years of finance experience, including 10 years in senior managerial positions. He qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW FCA) with PwC, after graduating in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University. His previous positions include Budget & Reporting Manager for KPO bv, Group Financial Controller of African Minerals and Finance Manager, Europe and North Africa at Tullow Oil as well as Interim Director of Financial Reporting, Plan International and Interim Finance Director. HTA. His experience includes accounting, audit, control, M&A, financing, tax, finance functional transformation and systems implementation. He is also a bilingual French/English speaker.
Ron Cella, Head of Manufacturing
Ron is an accomplished sales and business executive with extensive experience in the manufacturing and machine sector having worked previously with Chevron Oil, Aero Tech and Columbia Water. Specifically, he has experience in paper mill construction and in the project management of major construction tasks overseeing the work of hundreds of employees and ensuring deadlines and quality standards are consistently met.