Directors & Management

Active Energy Group Plc is led by a highly experienced and dedicated management team. They are committed to creating a market leader in the sustainable biomass energy and forestry management industries.

Richard Spinks

Chief Executive Officer, Active Energy Group Plc

Richard Spinks is a seasoned entrepreneur, with a proven track record in business development within the hi-tech, food processing, agriculture and forestry/biomass industries.  He has worked in Central and Eastern Europe since 1980, gaining vast experience and a network of high-level contacts across different industry sectors in a number of emerging markets, including Russia, Ukraine and Poland.  Richard was a pioneer in the emerging Internet industry, and was Director of Business Development at Lycos Bertelsmann GmbH in the late-1990s, before founding and serving as Chief Executive Officer at Vavo.com, an innovative social media platform.  From 2001-2004 he held a number of roles at British Seafood Plc, successfully developing it to become one of the largest sector companies in both the Polish and Russian markets.  Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at Active Energy Group Plc in 2012, he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer (2004-2009) at Landkom International Plc, the first AIM-listed company in the agricultural sector, based in Ukraine.

Richard is also leading and on the Board of Timberlands.

Michael Rowan

Non-executive Chairman, Active Energy Group Plc

Michael Rowan is a qualified solicitor, experienced investment manager and successful corporate financier with a broad range of international commercial and legal contractual 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, initially as Vice President & Senior Legal Counsel of Equity Capital Markets, before being appointed Director/Co-Head of the Syndicate Desk, 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 he has held a number of senior roles within the Venture Capital, Mid Cap Broking and Asset Management sectors with Accelera Capital, Numis Securities and Charles Stanley Securities in London and Hong Kong; and was most recently Business Development Director and Investment Manager at JM Finn & Co, where his responsibilities included strategic advice and investment management for equities, bonds, collectives, small cap and alternative assets. He was also a Non-Executive Director at Voiamo Group Plc, a global provider of advanced mobile data connectivity and communication solutions.

His current Board-level roles include Director and Partner at RD Active Capital Limited and Rowan & Associates Limited, private companies that specialise in international micro capital and seed financing opportunities; and Chairman of Environmental Recycling Technologies Plc.

Simon Melling

Non-Executive Director | Active Energy Group plc

Simon Melling 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 (‘Cenkos’), previously serving as its Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director following its listing on AIM in 2006. During his time at Cenkos, Mr Melling 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, Mr Melling 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.