8th December 2017
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group hires Neil Bennett as Commercial Director
Neil Bennett has been appointed as Commercial Director, responsible for streamlining the integration and management of BIG’s assets, including those recently acquired from the Green Investment Group.
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (“BIG”), a specialist investor in the biomass and waste to energy (“WtE”) sector, is pleased to announce that Neil Bennett has joined the company as Commercial Director.
In his role, Neil is responsible for streamlining the integration and management of BIG’s assets, including those recently acquired from the Green Investment Group. Neil focuses on driving commercial synergies across BIG’s bioenergy platforms to deliver an efficient, profitable portfolio that benefits from economies of scale.
With over 20 years of bioenergy experience, Neil strengthens BIG’s operational and management expertise, further establishing the company as an active owner-operator of one of the UK’s largest portfolios of biomass and WtE assets.
Prior to joining BIG, Neil was Director of Thermal in the Global Energy Business Unit at M+W Group, an international leader in the design, engineering and construction of high tech facilities. As Director, Neil led the development of bioenergy infrastructure projects including Levenseat in Scotland and Energy Works Hull, the 24MW waste to energy facility in which BIG invested in 2015. Neil also is a Chartered Director and will represent BIG on the boards of a number of its assets where he will bring broad experience of leadership and major corporate transactions in the bioenergy sector. Neil’s early career in bioenergy included various roles at Cory Environmental and after a decade he departed in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer.
Commenting on Neil’s appointment, Hamish McPherson, CEO of BIG, said: “Neil joins BIG during a period of significant growth and his appointment as Commercial Director is a substantial addition to our Executive Management team. Neil’s experience enables us to execute our portfolio integration strategy, capitalising on operational synergies across our assets to deliver an efficient, profitable and impactful bioenergy portfolio that contributes critical baseload power to the UK’s energy mix.”
In the past year, BIG has doubled the size of its team and increased its portfolio from 45MW to 125MW. With a further 200MW in the pipeline, BIG is on course to divert over 1 million tonnes of waste from landfill and generate enough electricity for half a million homes, significantly contributing to the development of the UK’s circular economy.