Samuel Toby Preece Executive Director

Samuel has over 20 years of environmental consulting experience, having completed over 1,500 projects in Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Canada, USA and South America as well as across Africa.

Samuel has overseen the technical evaluation and permitting of alternative energy projects across the UK, Ireland, Europe and Africa.   These projects include a wide range of energy technologies including on and offshore wind, solar, tidal, hydroelectric, geothermal, ground source heat pumps, pumped storage, waste to energy, anaerobic biodigestion, and gas to power, in a number of applications.

Samuel spent five years as an in-house technical specialist at an international construction contractor, Laing O’Rourke, working on projects in the technology and energy sectors.

Samuel was previously a director responsible for the UK and Ireland’s environment business line of AECOM, a business that had revenues of approximately US$17.4 billion in the fiscal year to 2016. In this role at AECOM, Sam advised national and multinational clients on the technical feasibility and licencing and permitting of their energy, technology and land asset projects. These projects include energy projects across Africa.

Samuel has access to a network of environmental and energy technical experts located across Africa with local knowledge and technical expertise.  

Samuel currently supports investors and companies looking to grow and seek investment in business and projects in Africa. These currently include renewable energy, green technology projects in southern and sub-Saharan Africa. Sam also advises on Environmental, Social and Governance risks and opportunities for investors, companies and financial institutions including in the energy sector.

Noel Lyons Non-Executive Director

Noel started his career in the accounting profession and progressed from there to management and director level within various organisations.

He has worked for such companies as Amoco/BP, Coca Cola, Kentz Corporation Plc and Oilinvest International, and has worked in diverse locations such as Africa and The Middle East.

Noel has been involved in several listings on AIM and the NEX Exchange Growth Market in both a management and advisory capacity, including as co-founder and, initially, as a non-executive director of Karoo Energy plc. Noel has an MBA and masters in Accounting and Finance.

Paul Ryan Non-Executive Director

Mr Ryan has 20 years of strategy transactional, commercial and regulatory experience including with international blue chip entities, during which he has been involved in transactions with a value in excess of US$10 billion.

Mr Ryan has over 20 years’ experience including at board level. From 2002 to 2013, he held a variety of board positions with leading mobile operator Vodafone and its operating subsidiaries, including Head of Strategy, Regulatory and Political Affairs in Brussels and Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Vodafone Ireland and Vodafone Ghana. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant in the European telecoms sector, served as a strategic adviser at Ofcom, the UK’s communication industry regulator, and was a solicitor at leading international City law firm Ashurst. He acts as an adviser, primarily on strategy and public policy, to a range of clients including FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies largely in the ICT space. Mr Ryan is a qualified solicitor in the UK and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Filippo Fantechi Non-executive Chairman

Based in Bahrain, Filippo is the President of CoalTech Limited and major owner and CEO of the Contax Group of Companies. He has over 20 years of business development, project management, sales management, business start-up and market strategy experience in the Middle East, Europe and Russia. Filippo has a strong background in the energy, utility and construction sectors. Former experience includes commercial responsibilities in the GCC region for two large Italian construction companies and overall management responsibilities for a leading Engineering and Construction company.

Filippo has a Phd in Civil Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy and a Masters in Project Management from Sinnea Business School, Bologna/Zurich.