Board of Directors

Aquila Capital Team Miriam Greenwood
Miriam Greenwood OBE
Non-Executive Chair
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With qualifications as a barrister and in corporate finance, Miriam has spent more than 30 years working for a number of leading investment banks and other financial institutions and has been a non-executive director of a several publicly listed and private companies. She was, for nine years until 2013, a non‑executive director of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) and Chair of the Gas Network Innovation Competition for seven years , until recently, and has extensive experience in the energy and utilities industry. Miriam is Chairman of SMS plc and holds non-executive director positions at River and Mercantile Group plc and at Gulf International Bank (UK) where she also chairs their respective Remuneration Committees. Beyond Board roles, Miriam is an adviser to Ofgem on the current RIIO2 price control and to the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund. A Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Miriam was awarded an OBE for services to corporate finance.

Aquila Capital Team Lisa Arnold
Lisa Arnold
Non-Executive Director

Lisa is currently a non-executive director of PIMCO Europe Ltd and chairs its audit committee. Lisa is also the Chair of Polarcapital Global Healthcare Trust plc. She is also a trustee director of a number of pension funds. She chairs the Allied Domecq Pension Fund and the Investment Committee of the Sainsbury’s pension scheme.  Lisa previously worked as a pharmaceutical and healthcare and biotech analyst at firms such as UBS Warburg, Commerzbank and Lehman Brothers. Lisa was a NED of Futura Medical, an AIM listed company. She also served 9 years as a NED of MHRA, the medicines regulator, chairing its  Audit & Risk Committee for 4 years, She has been a governor of Cheltenham Ladies College and served as Chairman of its governing body for 2 years.

Aquila Capital Team Nicholas Bliss
Nicholas Bliss
Non-Executive Director

Nick established and led the global infrastructure and transport sector group at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where he was a partner for over 20 years and also served on the Partnership Council, the supervisory board of the firm. During this period he led on mandates involving some of the most notable infrastructure projects across the UK, Europe, Africa and the Gulf. In particular, he was heavily involved in the development and application of PFI, PPP and other project finance techniques to the delivery of major infrastructure projects. Since leaving Freshfields, he has developed an expertise in both advising and acting as an independent director in “distressed situations” at spv corporates owned by infrastructure funds or industrials. Among his other engagements, he is Of Counsel at Chatham Partners LLP, a Hamburg based infrastructure/energy/real estate “boutique” law firm.

Aquila Capital Team Laura Sandys
Laura Sandys CBE
Non-Executive Director
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Laura is an independent director at SGN Ltd and of the Energy Systems Catapult.  Laura is also the Chair of the Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce, co-founder of Powerful Women that promotes diversity in energy, Chair of the Food Foundation and Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She runs the Reshaping Regulation Programme with Imperial College London and the Energy Systems Catapult. She was a Member of Parliament and served on the Energy & Climate Change Committee and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Climate Change.

Investment Adviser

Aquila Capital Team Alex Betts
Alex Betts
Senior Investment Manager
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  • Over 25 years investment experience in VC/Private Equity with focus on Resource & Energy Efficiency
  • BA (Hons) Oxford University in Classics
Aquila Capital Team Bruno Derungs
Bruno Derungs
Senior Investment Manager
  • Over 20 years investment experience in VC/Private Equity with focus on Resource & Energy Efficiency
  • M.Sc. El-Eng ETH, MBA Columbia Business School
Aquila Capital Team Franco Hauri
Franco Hauri
Senior Investment Manager
  • More than 15 years experience in VC/Private Equity and 5 years in energy efficiency
  • MBA Harvard Business School