David Pickering, Non-executive Chairman
David is an experienced non-executive and executive director of both public and private businesses in the services sector. As founder and CEO of business and IT consultancy Charteris, he developed the business to become one of the top 40 business consultancies in the UK and led the successful flotation of Charteris on AIM. David also has extensive corporate experience. As a director with global IT services firm Logica, he led the growth of the energy & utilities business to become one of the company’s largest operating units. David is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Francesco Vallone, CEO and founder of Cogenpower
Francesco founded the Group in 2004. He has 19 years of experience in technology and 13 years of direct experience in energy markets. He has worked in international research centres focused on controlled thermonuclear fusion and in the semi-conductor industry, and in engineering, marketing and management roles of a New York Stock Exchange listed company. He has an MA in theoretical physics from University of Turin (Italy) and an MBA in General Management from Pepperdine University of Malibu (California, USA).
Martin Groak, Finance Director
Martin has more than 30 years of international business experience and qualified as a chartered accountant following a degree in economics at the University of London (UK). He is multi-lingual and speaks Italian, with a strong background in finance and financial control, predominantly in oil exploration, energy, logistics and physical trading. He has held numerous CFO positions and has been a director of 5 UK publicly listed companies. As a consultant he managed the finances of the UK’s second generation nuclear power station fleet and has integrated and organised finance for two privatised German municipal CHPDH companies. Martin is currently a non-executive director of Tanfield Group plc, an AIM quoted investing company focused on the engineering sector.
Ilaria Cannata, Corporate Development Director
Ilaria has more than 9 years of experience at Cogenpower and expertise in due diligence activities associated with potential acquisitions, executing market research, feasibility studies, strategic planning and business and strategic development. Prior to joining Cogenpower S.p.A in 2006, Ilaria worked for Mailander srl, a communications agency and was involved with several financial PR projects with listed companies. She has an MA in International Political Science from University of Florence (Italy).
Richard Day, Non-executive Director
Richard is an experienced senior executive with diverse management experience and extensive knowledge of capital markets, fund raisings and corporate governance across a range of sectors. He worked in private practice with various City law firms, then in Corporate Finance for 12 years with Cazenove & Co. Richard was a founding partner of Arden Partners plc, and was with the company from 2002 to 2015, acting as Head of Corporate Finance for a significant part of his time with the firm. He is a qualified solicitor and Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Richard is currently a non-executive director of Greka Drilling Limited.