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Robin Finlayson

Robin Finlayson

Chairman
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Robin Finlayson

Chairman

Robin was head of entrepreneurial services with Ernst & Young in Scotland where he was managing partner of its Edinburgh office. After retiring from EY in 1999, he became a founding partner of Longbow Capital LLP, a venture capital fund. He was responsible for the investment management as well as finance and compliance. He was also co-founder of a £25m venture capital investment company, managed by Longbow. He served as a non-executive director of Belhaven Brewery plc and is currently non-executive director of The City Partnership.

Richard Sowter

Richard Sowter

CEO
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Richard Sowter

CEO

Richard has led new solar manufacturing initiatives in both India and the USA where he was President of BP Solar.  Since leaving BP in 1999, he took a software consulting company through an IPO, before running his own successful consulting company advising major corporations including Origin Energy and becoming a Senior Advisor to the prestigious consulting group in Germany, Apricum, working with very large investors in the Middle East. A pioneering expert through the entire solar value-chain, he has over 25 years of leadership in the solar industry from manufacturing through product-to-market and solar farm projects, covering many technologies, market segments and continents.

Harry Bocker

Harry Bocker

CFO
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Harry Bocker

CFO

A finance professional with over 25 years’ experience of board service in UK public and private companies, Harry worked with Arthur Young/Ernst & Young, became a director within merchant bank Guinness Mahon Group and founded a successful tax consultancy & accountancy practice in Edinburgh. He served as FD and Deputy CEO of medical device manufacturer NMT Group plc and has served on several Boards in a variety of industries in executive, non-executive and consulting roles.

Dianne Wilkie

Dianne Wilkie

Director and Company Secretary
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Dianne Wilkie

Director and Company Secretary

Dianne is responsible for overseeing the Group's Operations and Administration, as well as its corporate secretarial function. Prior to joining Sinnalba, Dianne held a number of senior positions within Higher Education and other not-for-profit organisations, including Fundraising Manager (Research & Information Management), Alumni and Student Support Manager and Trusts and Foundations Officer. She holds an MA (Hons) from The University of St Andrews.

Nigel Mason

Nigel Mason

Consultant and Non-Executive Director
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Nigel Mason

Consultant and Non-Executive Director

Nigel Mason is a technology expert with 33 years of experience in PV solar energy research, development and production.  He has a detailed knowledge of crystalline silicon, thin film and emerging organic PV technologies.  Nigel was Chief Technologist for BP Solar (2004-8) in a career spanning 23 years with the oil major BP, working on projects in the UK, Australia, Spain, India and the USA. Nigel established BP Solar’s first cell and module production line in Spain and developed a high efficiency cell technology from lab-to-production that for a decade from 1993 was the world’s highest performing solar product, and developed and produced concentrator cells for both Fresnel lens and parabolic reflector systems. He was also responsible for BP Solar’s long term research investments in future technology. He is a Director of PV Consulting Ltd, a company he founded in 2008 specializing in technology due diligence for lenders and investors in new start-ups and factory builds. Dr Mason has a PhD in solid state chemistry, is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has over 50 scientific publications and two world-wide patents. He co-authored A Strategic Research Agenda for the European PV Technology Platform (2007) and is a frequently invited speaker at PV conferences and symposia. He is currently co-chair of the Sêr Solar Advisory Board (Wales, UK), a member of the RSC Energy Sector executive committee and Chair of the UK’s PV Science, Applications and Technology (PVSAT) conferences.

Guillermo Martínez González

Guillermo Martínez González

Technical Manager
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Guillermo Martínez González

Technical Manager

Guillermo is an engineer with over 20 years of solar PV manufacturing experience. He is an expert in cell and module manufacturing practices, specialising in quality, lean manufacturing and technical due diligence of manufacturing operations, as well as project management.

He worked in several management roles at BP Solar's manufacturing facilities in Spain and in other regions, involving cell and module design, factory operations and manufacturing facilities projects (cells and modules). Guillermo undertook BP Solar’s module plant expansions, automation of manual facilities and cell and modules plants design, commissioning and ramp-up as Project Manager.  Other positions held included General Manager at Manz Automation Spain and Editor in Chief of Photon Spanish edition. As an independent consultant, and then as Technical Director at CEA (a PV quality services provider in Asia), he has provided due diligence and improvement services at several production facilities internationally, including Tier 1 and 2 Chinese solar manufacturers and covering areas such automation, quality, supply chain management and technology due diligence. Guillermo holds an MBA from Politécnica University Madrid and a degree in Geological Engineering from Complutense University of Madrid.

Alistair Allan FCA

Alistair Allan FCA

Financial Controller
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Alistair Allan FCA

Financial Controller

A Chartered Accountant, Alistair has held board and senior financial management positions at a range of public and private companies in the manufacturing, financial services and property sectors, including serving as Finance Director of Rosti Technical Plastics in the UK (part of the Maersk Group). He has extensive experience of financial and management reporting, forecasting, design and implementation of controls and procedures, ERP, risk management and continuous improvement programmes.

Qiong (Joan) Zhang

Qiong (Joan) Zhang

Manager (Policy and Regulation, China)
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Qiong (Joan) Zhang

Manager (Policy and Regulation, China)

Joan joined Sinnalba in 2014. She is responsible for Policy & Regulation research and advice in relation to the Chinese market as well as the review of all Chinese legal documentation and translations. Her duties also include advising on international procurement management, business negotiation and due diligence. Prior to this, Joan managed international procurement in other sectors and gained extensive experience in business and trade operations as a business developer and a sales manager. Joan has also worked as a Commercial Lawyer in China gaining wide experience in legal practice. She holds a lawyer certificate of P. R. China, LLM in International Commercial Law and Master’s degree in Oil and gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, and is a member of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply).

Murray Frame

Murray Frame

Internal Legal Counsel
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Murray Frame

Internal Legal Counsel

Murray joined Sinnalba in 2015. Murray manages Sinnalba’s relationships with its external legal advisers, particularly with regard to supplier and customer contracts and supports Sinnalba’s project management team through project research, planning and implementation. He had previously gained experience working in a variety of roles and sectors, predominantly in the media. Murray graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University (first class), and was class medal and law prize winner in 2014.

Adebayo Ojo

Adebayo Ojo

Project Engineer
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Adebayo Ojo

Project Engineer

Bayo joined Sinnalba in May 2016. He holds a B.Eng in mechanical engineering from the University of Ilorin Nigeria, an MSc in mechatronics systems engineering from Lancaster University and an MSc in subsea engineering from the University of Strathclyde. His previous experience includes serving as Project engineer/planner in the super structure installation team at Tecnobat Fittings and Fixtures Nigeria Ltd and Project/Structural analysis engineer at 2H Offshore Engineering Limited, involved in planning and delivering of subsea FEED projects in and around the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the west coast of Africa, west of Shetlands and the Black Sea.