The Novus team comes from a varied background of project development, finance, M&A, planning and above all, success in the renewable energy industry.
Having been part of the success at the Innova Group, who remain a key partner and client, we have built a team of experts to offer best practice development consultancy to cater for the full range of needs in the modern renewable energy economy.
Novus has the ability to develop any renewable energy scheme from concept to commissioning and sale and can structure the agreements with our clients in a multitude of ways to ensure we meet their needs, such as:
Project Consultant – We assess, de-risk, plan and execute your development for you, dealing with any third-parties ourselves behind the scenes and wrapping the entire development into one contract with us, reporting to you along the way.
Project Partner – If you are not funding the development yourself, we may be able to offer, via our partners, the Innova Group, the opportunity to have the development part or completely financed, completely organised and executed by us. Rather than take on the finance risk, we would return you a rent, premium or share in the value created (depending on the nature of the project).
Consultancy – If you would like our support for certain parts of your project, we can assist with these independent stages in return for clear, fixed fees. Similar clients have opted previously for “Feasibility” reviews, followed by more detailed development work in distinct areas of their projects.
Robin focuses on strategy, investor relations, fund raising and business development. Before founding Innova with Andrew, Robin developed over 100MW of ground mounted solar, buying, operating and selling multiple solar business to large UK Funds. Previously Robin has had a successful career in both private equity for CVC and as a Hedge Fund Manager with Conversion Capital and Perlus. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University.
Andrew focuses on strategy, funding, transactions and operations. He has a wealth of experience in M&A and corporate and project finance including transacting over 150MW of ground mounted solar assets. Previously Andrew was co-owner and Director of Ethical Power, a Partner in Deloitte's Corporate Finance Energy & Infrastructure team and Head of Group Financial Planning for The Energy Group. Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson after gaining a degree in Economics at City, University of London.
Phillip is a Land Agent with over 25 years of experience in Planning and Estate Management and has considerable expertise in giving evidence at planning inquiries, High Court Actions and agricultural arbitration. Philip founded Corylus Planning & Environmental 12 years ago and has delivered successful planning applications on leisure and residential schemes across the country, including The Lakes by Yoo, a £350m leisure development in Gloucestershire. Philip is a Chartered Surveyor with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Bradford.
Ryan is responsible for overseeing the consultant team and day to day operations of Novus. Prior to joining Novus, Ryan has significant experience in renewables development and most recently held a variety of responsibilities during his time at the Innova Group, including as an Investment Manager where he oversaw significant M&A work within the solar industry. With a background in property and corporate law, Ryan has dealt with the acquisition, disposal, development and financing of multiple asset classes.
Simon focuses on overseeing and addressing key issues arising during development. Simon draws on a wealth of experience acquired through working in the renewable energy development sector for over 10 years on wind and solar projects. Simon has also developed skills in locating greenfeild sites around the UK whilst using his knowledge of project development challenges which will bring exiting opportunists to the Innova Group
Arslaan focuses on managing the renewable energy projects from site identification through to completion and addressing key issues arising during development. Arslaan has over 8 years of experience in the areas of land acquisition and development, with a blend of experience gained in the care sector, OOH advertising market and in the public sector. Arslaan has also developed skills in contract negotiation and development appraisals which will be a real asset to the team.
Chris focuses on managing the renewable energy projects from site identification through to completion and addressing key issues arising during development. He has 10 years experience in the construction of renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He is able to draw on experience from working on a range of projects in solar, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and biomass technologies.
Hannah joined Novus in late 2020 to assists with all aspects of the project management timeline including liaising with consultants and specialists, arranging surveys and reports, and supporting senior consultants to ensure all projects reach their potential. After completing a Geography degree at the University of St Andrews, Hannah trains as a meteorologist before moving into investments, specialising in mergers and acquisitions of renewable energy assets.
Alex focuses on project administration and complex modelling, liaising with landowners and consultants to ensure all projects meet the best standards. Alex joined after graduating from the University of Surrey with an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering. During his placement year, Alex worked at renewable energy system manufacturer Futurenergy on wind and energy from waste systems. He was responsible for design, manufacturing and construction of system components for both wind turbine generators and energy from waste systems.
Michael’s primary focus is land acquisition and managing landowners through the early stages of the development process. Michael has worked previously in a similar role for a land agent focussing on residential development and prior to this, spent 8 years working in Real Estate in Central London. Michael brings a wealth of experience in negotiating with and on behalf of clients and individuals, securing key land opportunities for future renewable energy developments.
Archie focuses on land acquisition and the management of landowners through the early stages of renewable energy projects. Archie is a Chartered Surveyor with a degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University. Having gained experience in the acquisition, sale, management and compulsory purchase of rural assets, he has delivered successful acquisitions of a range of property and is proficient in agreeing contract negotiations and valuations with and on behalf of clients and landowner counterparties’
Graduate Land Manager
Tim’s Masters in Energy Engineering curated a technical understanding and interest in the wind, solar and smart energy industries, writing his dissertation on the topic. Tim performs detailed analytical reviews on renewable energy projects, the land on which they lie and their likelihood of planning success. Tim’s overarching goal is to identify and progress key prospects that provide Novus and its clients with a robust project pipeline, whilst simultaneously helping to fight the climate crisis and provide energy security across the UK
Emma is a commercial property paralegal who joined the legal team in 2020. Emma gained a degree in Law at Hertfordshire University and has a demonstrated background of working in the real estate, environmental and Telecoms industry at one of the UK’s top 100 law firms. With insight into commercial property and general real estate matters, Emma assists with legal work relating to Novus’ developments. Together with reporting on titles, advising on development risk and legal drafting
Hannah is a solicitor working as part of the Legal team. Hannah gained a degree in Law at Cardiff University and trained and qualified at Foot Anstey, one of the UK’s top 100 law firms. During her training, Hannah gained experience in various legal specialisms, including commercial litigation, banking, construction, general commercial and Islamic finance. Hannah has a demonstrated background working in the renewables and construction industry, previously working at British Solar Renewables as part of the Legal team.