What is a Mentoring Programme?
Mentoring contributes to the development of stakeholders by providing them with support, expertise and networking opportunities. Mentor or partnership programs connect people who have specific skills and knowledge (mentors) with individuals (mentees) who need or want the same skills and advantages to move up in work, skill level, or performance.
While traditional mentoring processes focus on the benefits derived by mentees, of the experience of the mentor, the RECENT project is looking to promote a two-way mentoring process, which benefits both parties. Participants in the mentoring programme will share their knowledge, expertise and environmental goals in a mutually respectful, supportive way which will leads to transnational knowledge exchange by effective stakeholder engagement. Therefore, the mentoring programme will help break down barriers and creates opportunities for success. This will in turn save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Mentoring offers RECENT pilot communities a direct link to information on practices by pairing certain communities with other communities who may or may not be active and are willing to act as a role model or a guide. For example, mentoring can help such communities to gain a better understanding of the functioning of a renewable technology. The mentee then has the option of advancing with this technology and possibility encouraging implementation of the chosen technology within the pilot community. The informal nature of mentoring pairs also enables RECENT pilot communities to build up their self confidence in the process.
Northern Ireland is an area which has faced many unique challenges that have allowed our mentors to develop a certain range of skills. Several Mentors have been identified from the region who my be able to help you with any questions or queries you may have. The list of these mentors follows below along with a brief description and contact details.
Terry Waugh Deputy Director, Action Renewables
As Deputy Director of Action Renewables, Terry takes a lead role in the marketing aspects of the company, in tendering opportunities and in developing the Action Renewables Association. The Association has over 25 company members, across a range of business sectors. Terry specializes in EU funding opportunities, and is currently managing five INTERREG IVc programmes. Terry has a Batchelors Degree in Business and Finance, a Masters of Business Administration, and an Open University accreditation on Energy for a Sustainable Future.
Alex Bookless Senior Project Manager, Action Renewables
Alex Bookless is a Senior Project Manager in Action Renewables. His primary expertise resides in handling Ofgem accreditation, claiming and trading of NIROC’s, and negotiating PPA’s for renewable energy (RE) generating clients. Alex has developed the expert knowledge and connections to assure that these RE generators are best represented in terms of value, service, and with the regulatory bodies. Alex also manages the delivery of a wide variety of technical projects including bespoke feasibility studies and energy efficiency audits and reports, while managing existing clients & liaising with potential customers to develop new business. Alex was the lead on an INTERREG project Water Asset Renewable Energy Solutions (WARES) which Action Renewables partnered in.
William Deane Senior Project Manager, Action Renewables
William is working on Ofgem accreditation for domestic and commercial renewable energy generating clients. He will also be assisting the technical team with site visits, feasibility studies and will be involved with ROC trading. William has previously worked with the electricity supplier Budget Energy LTD as their Renewables Project Coordinator and was responsible for the managing of their renewables portfolio. William holds a degree in Environmental Management from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.
Mark Compston Senior Project Manager, Action Renewables
Mark manages the delivery of a number of renewable energy services, including services to renewable heat clients, provision of feasibility studies to businesses and other energy management services to support the renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland and further afield. Mark has over 12 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry and previously held a number of renewable energy related technical positions in Kingspan Environmental, primarily in relation to its solar thermal products. Mark also led the Ballymena Clusters Wind Turbine Project from inception to delivery.
Aaron Kernohan Project Manager, Action Renewables
Aaron has led the RECENT Project for Action Renewables, leading the Communications Work Package and contributing across the wider project. Aaron completed a degree in Environmental Planning at Queen's University before working in the NI Department of the Environment for the EU funding team seeking funding for climate change and energy related projects. He then spent time working as a consultant with PWC liaising with various different organisations including education establishment and councils before joining Action Renewables and working on a wide range of renewable energy projects including renewable heat and micro-generation certification.