Melissa Callaghan

Melissa joined Armstrong Energy in November 2018 as Administrative Assistant. Prior to this, Melissa graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class degree in Geography and a MSc with Distinction in Climate Change and Environmental Policy.

Melissa has always had a keen interest in environmental issues and is eager to learn more about renewable energy and its role in combating climate change.

Rodolfo Bigolin

Rodolfo joined Armstrong Energy with a wealth of experience in the renewable energy sector: he began his career in the renewables field in 2008, developing and constructing PV projects across Italy, before going on to hold senior roles for both US and Chinese solar manufacturers. He subsequently joined Hideal Partners as Business Development Manager where he worked on several infrastructure M&A transactions across Europe. He then moved to NextEnegy Capital as Vice President where he lead the set-up of the private equity fund ‘NextPower II’ which raised €150 M.

Prateek Vandana

Prateek joined Armstrong Energy’s investment team in September 2018 from Mazars UK, where he was a manager in the financial advisory team focussed on renewable energy in the UK and EMEA market. He has prior M&A advisory and corporate finance experience in India with Yes Bank and Tata Power, where he executed growth-stage capital raise transactions for cleantech companies, and more than 500 MW utility scale renewable energy M&As. Prateek has an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, from where he graduated in 2013.

Rebecca Spours

Rebecca graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences, having specialised in Chemistry, from the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Shortly after, Rebecca joined the Equity Capital Markets team at the global Investment bank, Jefferies International, before transferring across to the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Team in order to gain experience across all financial products. Whilst at Jefferies Rebecca worked on IPO’s, bond offerings and M&A deals across the UK, Europe and Asia.

Rebecca remained at Jefferies until September 2016 and then joined Armstrong as an Associate in the Investment team in October 2016.

Jonathan Hick

Jonathan joined Armstrong from KPMG, where he advised authorities and private sector investors on infrastructure and other asset-based investment opportunities. Prior to joining KPMG, Jonathan was an Investment Manager at SAS Capital, where he was responsible for leading investments into a range of renewable energy technologies, including solar and wind, as well as working on residential and commercial property transactions. Jonathan is a chartered accountant, having trained at PwC in its Deal Advisory business, and gained experience in private equity Mergers and Acquisitions across a range of sectors for clients including CVC Capital Partners, Bain Capital and Lion Capital.

Gary Toomey

Gary Toomey is an experienced senior executive having led several businesses in the energy sector. He has extensive experience of design, manufacturing and installation of renewable energy technologies and taking early stage prototypes into full commercial production.

During Gary’s career he has gained international experience in this sector having worked in China, Singapore, UAE and the USA. He has contributed to over 2500 MW of deployed renewable energy projects including wind, biomass and solar technologies. Gary has spent the last 4 years focusing on the UK market and, in particular, on social housing solar projects where he deployed over 8000 domestic systems and 90MW of ground-mounted solar farm development and construction with Freesona.

Matt Black

Matt is responsible for Armstrong’s UK solar and flexible power investments and co-leads the firm’s UK energy development activities. He was previously a Senior Investment Manager at Foresight Group where he led origination and made investments in over £400m of energy projects. Over five years, he was central to building one of Europe’s largest solar portfolios and making investments into some of the first utility scale storage facilities in the UK. He brings significant experience originating, structuring and closing investments, disposals and debt financing, as well as developing market leading asset management teams. Prior to Foresight Group, Matt worked as an independent consultant and spent almost five years at Credit Suisse as a structurer and investment manager. He has an MSc in Energy Policy from Imperial College; an MA in International Relations and BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield.

Petronela Bodnarova

Petronela (Nelka) graduated from the Technical University in Slovakia in 2014 in Finance, Banking and Investment. She is fluent in English, Slovak and Russian. Nelka joined Armstrong in 2018 as Assistant Accountants. Prior to this she worked in the fitness industry for over 3 years managing and supporting overall accounting/finance and administration. Nelka is currently training to become an Associate Chartered Accountant with the ACCA.

Kian Lissenburg

Kian works in our asset management team and is currently streamlining and optimising rooftop performance across the Armstrong solar portfolio. He joined Armstrong in April 2018 from Solar Capital where he had worked since 2011. Whilst at Solcap, Kian managed a large domestic and commercial solar portfolio, focusing on problem solving for underperforming systems. He also worked on multiple energy projects including evaluation and the asset management of micro AD plants.

He has a technical and scientific background, having graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics and an MSc in Nuclear Astrophysics.