Meet the Team

Abundance has built a hugely experienced and passionate team which brings together leading expertise in technology, renewables, financial analysis and regulation.

Energy Projects

  • Simon Minnett

    Simon has been in the energy field for the over 25 years and is one of Europe's foremost experts on renewable energy, CHP and energy efficiency policy and deployment. He has led several businesses in the energy sector but most recently he founded Challoch Energy, a consultancy firm in the energy efficiency, cogeneration and renewables sector. Simon acts as an independent technical expert and advises Abundance on project viability.

  • Laura Bergonzini

    Laura has always had an interest in economics, finance, and in general "what makes the world go round". She started in Milan analysing the financial performance of some of the leading Italian consumer and retail companies, before heading to New York to complete her MBA. After New York, she landed in London with a job as an analyst at Lehman Brothers where she gained first-hand experience of the firm's bankruptcy and the wider financial crisis. After this she has focused on directing her financial skills towards solving the many problems she recognised in the City.

Operations

  • Dan Mc Aleese

    Dan is our Compliance and Money Laundering Officer, who ensures we operate at all times within the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Dan has served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the precursor to the FCA, and has headed up compliance departments at several leading city firms. In recent years, he built and was a Board Member of Complinet Ltd; the world's largest and most successful online compliance information and service provider.

  • Tom Harwood

    Tom graduated in the summer of 2011 from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree in Economics. He has completed internships at the environmental consultancy Environmental Resource Management and more recently worked at ClearlySo, a social investment intermediary where he realised his passion and interest for social finance. Tom joined Abundance as an intern but quickly proved his value and now supports both the Energy Projects and Operations teams.

Communications

  • Sophie Todaro

    Sophie has spent the last six years as a full time mother of two, having previously worked for two London advertising agencies managing commercial and public sector clients; from B&Q and Orange mobile to the Home Office, The Met Police and Mi5. With 5 years of client relationship, media planning and creative briefing experience, Sophie is drawing on her all of her expertise to manage the busy communications side of Abundance.

  • Jim Le Fevre

    Jim is a BAFTA and British Animation Award winning Animation Director with heaps of experience. He is an expert in narrative and experimental filmmaking, pushing the art of the possible by using self styled experimental techniques such as the Phonotrope and Finger Theatre. Abundance has allowed him to integrate everything he loves about the illustrated and moving image – the creation of quiet and charming worlds and the joyful surprise of discovery – all without the nonsense of massive budgets and armies of middle management.

Technology

  • Pat Farr

    Pat is a software engineer and User Experience specialist at the heart of our technology team. Working with IT companies, startups and advertising agencies he has designed enterprise software and digital campaigns for a wide range of organisations including investment banks (BarCap), major publishers (Guardian), global NGOs (Oxfam) and local government. Joining Abundance in December 2010, Pat's passion for bleeding edge web technologies to create unique user experiences has led to the online world of Abundance.

  • Dan Hardiker

    Dan delivers the powerhouse engine of the Abundance technology platform. With over 15 years of experience producing commercial back-end systems for banks, government and internet service providers, Dan is well qualified to deliver the secure, robust and scalable infrastructure required by a financial provider in the modern world. When Dan is not coding he can be found presenting (and DJ'ing) at Java conferences around the world, where his party trick is having the audience throw him programming conundrums to solve live on stage. Challenge him if you dare!

  • Simon Haighton-Williams

    Simon is an Internet Security and open source expert with over ten years' experience at CTO level, having led the development, deployment and maintenance of numerous large-scale web systems for UK Government and leading financial services companies including Barclaycard. Between tending his bee hives and occasional diving trips, Simon is responsible for the security, architecture and management of Abundance's cutting edge technology platform.

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