John Whitehead has worked on Micro Hydro systems with Richard Drover, (Hydrover Turbines Ltd) for the past 6 years. Over the past 3 years we have designed, built and installed turbines for 30 systems. John is experienced in every aspect of the work from initial surveys and system design to turbine fabrication, civil works, pipeline, intake and onsite installation.
Lynette Margerison is experienced in map based and onsite surveys and deals with the Environment Agency and SEPA applications She also has considerable experience in community liaison and manages local planning applications.
Ben Holden is experienced in site and desktop hydro surveying and the design of hydro electric systems. He has a background in film, research, media and digital information systems.
Sunil Tagore has been working in renewable energy and low carbon technologies for the past 7 years after graduating in engineering from University College London and gaining an MSc from Cardiff University in 2006. Sunil has worked recently as a renewable energy consultant in the private sector and as an engineer at an educational charity (The Centre for Alternative Technology). He is experienced in planning, feasibility, design and installation of wind and hydro power systems. In his spare time, he also develops open source hardware for applications within low impact living.
We each have a personal ethical commitment to developing inspiring ecologically sustainable projects. We believe making a practical difference, hands on practical work and not just talking! Alongside developing hydro electric systems for private clients we have worked on numerous sustainable community development projects. John Whitehead worked as a whole systems consultant for “Science Shops Wales” University of Glamorgan. He established a theoretical and practical onsite 13 week Micro Hydro engineers training course taught by Richard Drover based at the University of Glamorgan. He also contributed to the initial development of the Green Valleys Project, incorporating micro-hydro and sustainable rural regeneration initiatives, based in The Brecon Beacons.
The three founder members of Co-Hydro also worked on the award winning www.talgarthmill.com project. Led by John Whitehead as initiator and designer and brought to fruition as winner of a BIG Lottery award and hour long BBC TV program Village S.O.S.