People + Talent

Meet our senior management team.

No other company is better placed, more trusted or as influential in the field of proven low cost battery storage as Connected Energy.

Matthew Lumsden

Managing Director


With 15 years experience in the low carbon energy and transport sectors, Matthew founded Connected Energy to commercialise a range of energy storage and control systems developed by parent company Future Transport Systems. In the emerging energy storage sector, a key focus of Connected Energy is to provide customers with end to end expertise and support in developing their projects.

Matthew worked in the renewable energy sector from 2000 for 10 years as Business Development and Managing Director of energy consultancy TNEI where he also delivered a wide range of projects primarily focussing on the introduction of new clean technologies and business models including marine renewables, biomass systems, small scale/urban wind and electric vehicles. In so doing he realised that electric vehicles represented a potential risk to grid stability as well as a clean technology and environmental opportunity.

In 2009 he founded Future Transport Systems to provide specialist consultancy and project management in the field of electric-mobility with an emphasis on the relationship between electric vehicles and energy networks

In 2014 Matthew founded Connected Energy to provide energy storage systems and operating services.

Matthew has a 1st Class degree in Business Administration and spent his earlier career in sales and marketing in the construction industry.

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Matthew Lumsden

Managing Director

Ian McDonald

Technical Director


A highly experienced electrical engineer with over 30 years battery technology and automotive experience, spanning Leyland bus and truck division, Formula One, motorsport and Lotus engineering. Ian brings a wealth of knowledge to the group in relation to electrical systems and technologies.

Ian provides essential integration skills, specialising in electrical and control systems, on and off-board charging, electricity and information networks.

Over the last 10 years Ian has been involved in the development of large scale grid integrated energy storage systems to assist renewable energy integration as well as the industrial and commercial scale systems provided by Connected Energy.

Responsible for technology strategy within Connected Energy, Ian leads internal R&D as well as customer lead innovation projects and applies an attention to detail inherited from his background in the automotive sector.

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Ian McDonald

Technical Director

Pete Beasley

Operations Director


Pete is a project management and operations professional with fourteen years of multi-disciplinary experience.

Pete has played a key role in developing a competitive Connected Energy supply chain and is responsible for overseeing the programme management of all major projects, from contracting and liaising with clients to ensuring projects achieve quality, cost and delivery targets.

With a proven track record in project, commercial, supply chain and relationship management with an operational delivery focus, Pete was responsible for delivering multiple projects through the new product development and introduction phases as a Senior Project Manager at Lotus Cars Limited. He has also managed all aspects of projects for multi-national third party clients, as the operations-focussed project manager for several vehicle assembly programmes.

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Pete Beasley

Operations Director

Jason Cox

UK Sales Manager


Jason has over 16 years of experience working within the renewable energy sector giving him a strong understanding of customer needs and knowledge of many technologies. He has an in depth knowledge of energy storage systems and how they can be deployed across customer sites within a range of sectors to derive best value.

Jason’s success has come from working hard to understand customers’ needs and developing systems and solutions that best meet their requirements and solve their problems. Energy storage is an emerging industry and working with customers to share knowledge and understanding is essential.

Having previously worked in several technology areas, Jason has successfully integrated a combination of renewable solutions including GSHP systems, CHP, Solar thermal, PV and Wind Turbines within the education, health and industrial sectors.

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Jason Cox

UK Sales Manager

A 2016 study commissioned by the former Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) concluded that energy storage could result in savings of around £2.4 billion per year in 2030 for the UK electricity system.


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