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.

Management Team

Matthew Lumsden

CEO

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…

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Matthew Lumsden

CEO


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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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…

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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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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…

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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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Investor Directors

Matthew Booth

Macquarie Bank

Matt is a Senior Managing Director in the Commodities and Financial Markets group at Macquarie Bank, where he is responsible for principal investments.

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Matthew Booth

Macquarie Bank


Matt is a Senior Managing Director in the Commodities and Financial Markets group at Macquarie Bank, where he is responsible for principal investments. Matt has nearly 20 years’ experience in financing assets in the energy and infrastructure sectors and led the commercial development of the 299MW biomass power plant in Teesside, UK. Matt previously represented Macquarie on the board of directors of Energy Assets Group plc. Prior to joining Macquarie Matt practised law in the project finance team at Linklaters. Matt holds an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MsC in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Mark Bailey

Engie New Ventures

Mark is the Global Key Program Director for Demand Side Management and Storage at Engie SA. Based at the Paris head office, he is also a Senior Domain Director for ENGIE New Ventures. Mark is an...

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Mark Bailey

Engie New Ventures


Mark is the Global Key Program Director for Demand Side Management and Storage at Engie SA. Based at the Paris head office, he is also a Senior Domain Director for ENGIE New Ventures. Mark is an accomplished business leader with a 25-year track record in executive leadership roles, transformation programmes and start-up businesses.

Mark has been with Engie, formerly GDF Suez for 17 years, moving to Paris 10 years ago. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Global Energy, responsible for the European Key Accounts business before transferring to his current role in 2016. Prior to Engie, Mark was a co-founder of RWE Trading Direct Ltd., and a pioneer of the first demand response initiatives with Yorkshire Electricity in the mid-90s.

Mark graduated from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, Chicago in 2000 and holds a Business Studies degree.

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Investors

MacQuarie Bank

Investor

Macquarie Group Limited is a global investment banking and diversified financial services group with a strategic focus on energy, infrastructure and commodities. Macquarie is headquartered in Sydney and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of over $25 billion. Macquarie has been active in the clean energy sector for many years and currently manages over 5GW of renewable energy globally.

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Engie New Ventures

Investor

ENGIE (known as GDF Suez prior to April 2015) is a French multinational electric utility company, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie, which operates in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.

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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.


Energy storage in the UK

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