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Our Story

It’s our mission to make clean power accessible across the world.

We believe that a net-zero society is within reach

And we want to get there as quickly as possible.

 

We design, finance, build and operate battery solutions. Our batteries capture renewable energy, balance its supply on the grid and transport it to electric vehicles. At the end of their lifecycle we repurpose them.

We’re building a circular economy for batteries. The output from one process can be the input for the next, saving vital materials, carbon and value.

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Zero to full power

Since we began in 2017, we’ve raised c.£1.8 billion in debt and equity funding. We have c.735MW of grid-connected batteries live or under contract and c.1,000 electric vehicles with strong ambitions for the future.

 

We have fast-growing operations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Benelux, and a global headquarters in London.

 

We’re the leading owner and operator of battery storage in the UK. We are supporting the National Grid with the uptake of renewable power and work with c.90% of the major bus companies, powering 25% of the UK e-bus market.

 

We’re also the number one owner and operator of e-buses in Australia and New Zealand, and are quickly expanding into light commercial vehicles and trucks.

 

So what’s next?

Our 2026 looks like

  • 4,000 electric buses, trucks and commercial vehicles in operation
  • 1.2GW of battery power delivering grid services
  • Over 1 million tonnes of CO2 avoided since we began

Partners that share our bold commitment

We work with clients and partners that are committed to driving real, quantifiable change. Whether that’s reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, securing affordable and reliable clean power, or using batteries in innovative new ways.

 

We make bold moves, balancing commercial and environmental priorities to reach net zero. From powering Scotland towards 100% renewable energy to delivering Australia’s largest electric bus project, you can read through our growing portfolio of international projects here.

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An ambitious and innovative team

We are an ambitious team of experienced power, technology and finance experts from diverse backgrounds. We work to bring innovative solutions to practical and technical challenges.

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James Basden
Founder Director
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Nicholas Beatty
Founder Director
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Steven Meersman
Founder Director
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Amit Barnir​
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Bradley Fox
Director of EV Fleet (UK & Nordics)
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Gareth Ridge
Country Director (Australia and New Zealand)
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Maggie Clancy
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Chief Operating Officer
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Olivia Tonks
Director of People and Talent
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Semih Oztreves
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Tim Boothman
Global Director of EV Fleet
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Walter Watson
Executive Vice President (US EV Partnerships and Operations)
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James Basden
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Nicholas Beatty
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Steven Meersman
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Alberto Signori
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Andy Matthews
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Ben Francis
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Bernardo Nogueria
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Lorenzo Cannizzo
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Priya Veerapen
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Shreya Malik
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Steve Holliday
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James Basden

Founder Director

James is one of the Founders of Zenobē. He leads our Network Infrastructure business which enables transmission and distribution power grids to transition to a renewable energy world.

Prior to Zenobē, James spent over 20 years advising the Boards of major power and utility companies, as well as large infrastructure funds, on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and change. He was a partner at Oliver Wyman where he led the Global Utilities and Infrastructure practice between 2013 – 2018. Before this role, James was a founder of Corven, a consulting and private equity group with offices in London, Boston, Chicago and Houston focused on the European and US Energy sector with over 100 professional staff. He also spent 9 years either in an executive or non-executive director role within the motorsport world with Lotus Cars and Caterham Cars.

Nicholas Beatty

Founder Director

Nicholas is one of the Founders of Zenobē. He leads our financing activities including capital and debt raises and supporting Steven in the development of the Fleet business. Prior to Zenobē, Nicholas spent 28 years in corporate finance advising a wide range of businesses and financial investors, assisting them to raise debt and equity capital and advising on mergers and acquisitions and listings in the UK and overseas. He was at Hambros Bank for 20 years in the UK and US leaving as a Director in the corporate finance department before joining BNP Paribas as Head of Corporate Finance for BNP Paribas UK between 1998 and 2006.  Before starting Zenobē and after his financial career, Nicholas established and led the private financing of two solar operating companies where he was a director and developed the companies’ activities to include the deployment of LiFP batteries which were the first deployed on the UK grid to provide balancing and power services.

Steven Meersman

Founder Director

Steven is one of the Founders of Zenobē. He leads the EV team which aims to make the ecologically sustainable option also the financially sustainable one for fleet operators. In addition he’s responsible for Delivery, Operations and Product teams.

 

Prior to Zenobē, Steven spent nearly two decades between battery and traded energy commodity markets. He was a Global Head of Deals Desk at Trafigura where he led the commercial optimisation and market risk management teams for two refineries and over 30 import terminals and storage sites across Africa and Central America. Before this role, he was part of Oliver Wyman where he supported trading houses and utilities on optimising asset-backed trading strategies as well as investment and disposals of energy related infrastructure. He started his career in batteries as part of the team that set up AES Energy Storage (now Fluence).

Amit Barnir

Vice President, Network Infrastructure (US)

Amit leads Zenobē’s US market entry for the network infrastructure side of the business, with a focus on the Northeast and ERCOT power markets.

 

Prior to joining Zenobē, Amit was Director of New Markets & Energy Storage for Kearsarge Energy, a Boston-based IPP, he also served as Co-Chair of the MA DPU appointed Energy Storage Interconnection Review Group (ESIRG).

Bradley Fox

Director of Business Development (UK & Nordics Fleet)

Bradley is Director of Business Development for EV Fleet in the UK & Nordics, focusing on selling and developing Zenobē’s innovative electric bus vehicle and charging infrastructure managed service offering to fleet operators. He works closely with the corporate finance team on optimising the underlying finance arrangements to facilitate these transactions.

 

Bradley has over 10 years of experience in front office roles in corporate and investment banking with specialisms in structured asset finance and relationship management. He has previously worked at Santander, Lloyds Bank and Barclays having executed a range of complex financing structures across many sectors for larger corporates. 

Gareth Ridge

Country Director Australia
and New Zealand

Gareth is the Country Director for Australia and New Zealand leading the expansion of Zenobē Energy into these markets.

Gareth has extensive knowledge of the Australian energy and water utility industries. He has worked as a Management Consultant undertaking strategy and business model development projects with Australia’s major network service providers and metro water authorities focusing on new and disruptive technologies. Gareth also worked for TransGrid in the Strategy, Innovation and New Technology function, focusing on corporate strategy, electrification of industry and grid-scale storage. Gareth commenced his career in Corporate Banking at the National Australia Bank.

Maggie Clancy

Executive Vice President (US EV Sales and Marketing)

Maggie co-leads the North American market entry and the EV fleet business for Zenobē Americas, specifically overseeing sales and marketing.

 

Maggie has spent the past 6 years in leadership positions within Transport and Logistics organisations, taking on commercial and customer-centric roles for organisations such as National Express and Levo Mobility where she served as Chief Commercial Officer. Maggie has a strong senior operations background at leading advertising firms spanning 15 years and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. 

Martyn Adeyinka

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Martyn is leading on the optimisation of corporate systems and processes at Zenobē, as the company grows in size and geographical reach. Martyn is responsible for the Procurement, Delivery, Product, Asset Management and Commercial Analytics teams.

 

Prior to joining Zenobe, Martyn spent over 13 years in the infrastructure industry, leading multidisciplinary teams in global organisations like MAG (Airports Group) and Black & Veatch where he was responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure programmes.

Olivia Tonks

Director of People and Talent

Olivia plays the pivotal role of aligning our people strategies with our organisational objectives, ensuring the right talent, is in the right place, at the right time. She leads Zenobē’s commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity, collaboration and continuous growth.

 

Prior to joining Zenobē, Olivia spent over a decade within the energy sector, supporting Talent and People practice in fast-paced and ever evolving organisations.

Semih Oztreves

Global Director of Network Infrastructure

Semih leads Business Development, Project Development, Route to Market, Commercial and Engineering teams for large-scale battery storage business globally. He is responsible for accelerating the growth of the business while shaping the markets and optimizing revenues for operational assets. He brings twelve years’ experience of battery storage systems and energy markets.

 

Prior to joining Zenobē, Semih was an integral part of the Business Development team at Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage and Optimization business unit – formerly Greensmith Energy. He was responsible for the European and Middle Eastern expansion of the business’ grid scale stand-alone storage, solar plus storage and engine plus storage markets. Prior to this, Semih worked as a Managing Consultant for Navigant Consulting – an energy research and consulting firm.

Sophie Barr

General Counsel

Sophie is our General Counsel, responsible for all the day-to-day legal aspects of the company as well as being the Company Secretary.

 

Sophie has spent over 10 years working in energy with wide ranging experience across the sector including solar, oil and gas, wide ranging regulatory advice, new build nuclear decommissioning, district heating and offshore wind. Her experience includes working in private practice at Pinsent Masons as well as in-house at Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Ofgem.

Tim Boothman

Global Director of EV Fleet

Tim leads Business Development activity within Zenobē’s EV Fleet sector for the UK, US, Benelux and Australia. He is responsible for accelerating the growth of the business while ensuring EV Fleet receives appropriate deliverables and support from across the company.

 

Prior to joining Zenobē, Tim spent nearly 10 years at PwC working in the Corporate Finance practice, including 4 years in SE Asia. Tim advised a range of clients in the infrastructure and power/utilities space on Project Finance, M&A and strategy, including both an equity and debt raise for Zenobē in 2019.

Walter Watson

Executive Vice President (US EV Partnerships and Operations)

Walter co-leads North American market entry and the EV fleet business for Zenobē Americas, specifically overseeing partnership development and operations.

 

Walter has spent the past 20 years in Transport and Logistics, having served in various leadership positions within operations, finance, procurement, fleet and asset management, and commercial development. Notably, he has had senior and executive roles with Union Pacific Railroad (Fortune 500), National Express (FTSE 250), and previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Levo Mobility, a joint venture between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and a cleantech company. 

Alberto Signori

Non-Executive Director

Alberto Signori (London) joined KKR in 2018 and is a Partner on the Infrastructure team, focused on investments across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 

Prior to this, Mr. Signori was an investment director and member of the investment committee at Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G, where he led and participated in a number of acquisitions in the utility, energy, telecom and transport sectors. He also spent ten years in the investment banking divisions at UBS and Dresdner Kleinwort (now Commerzbank) across merger & acquisitions, leveraged/structured finance and infrastructure investments.

 

Mr. Signori was on the board of directors of several companies. He holds a university degree in Economics and an M.B.A. from SDA Bocconi (Milan). 

Andy Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Andy joined Infracapital in 2015 to lead its greenfield infrastructure investment activities. Andy has over 34 years’ of infrastructure financing, development and asset management experience.

Prior to joining Infracapital, Andy was a Partner in 3i plc’s infrastructure team. He was responsible for origination in greenfield and brownfield PPP, renewable energy and core infrastructure sectors. Andy transferred to 3i plc following their acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management, where he was the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. Before joining Barclays, Andy worked in infrastructure development roles at John Laing and Alfred McAlpine.

Andy holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was a Member of the Advisory Board of Association of Consultants and Engineers from 2005 to 2011.

Ben Francis

Non-Executive Director

Ben Francis joined Infracapital in 2016 to develop its greenfield infrastructure investment and asset management activities. Ben has over 20 years’ of infrastructure investment, development and asset management experience.

 

Ben is responsible for originating and execution of greenfield investments with a focus on the energy transition, including various forms of energy storage. Prior to joining Infracapital, Ben was an Associate Director in Arup’s Business and Investor Advisory team, responsible for advising on the development and investment of infrastructure projects and businesses, totalling over $15bn, in Europe and Africa.

 

He holds a Masters of Engineering from Nottingham University, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is authorised to undertake investment activities by M&G under the Certification Regime.

Bernardo Nogueria

Non-Executive Director

Bernardo Nogueira (London) joined KKR in 2017 and is a Director on the European Infrastructure team. Mr. Nogueira has been involved in the firm’s investments in Zenobē Energy, Contour Global, Ocean Yield, John Laing, Hyperoptic, Hivory, Calisen and T-Solar GOA.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nogueira was with Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in Madrid and London, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions mainly in the power, energy and utilities space.

 

Mr. Nogueira holds a Master’s in Finance from Nova School of Business and Economics and a Master’s in International Management from CEMS – The Global Alliance in Management Education.

Lorenzo Cannizzo

Non-Executive Director

Lorenzo joined Infracapital in 2020 from 3i Infrastructure Plc where he was a Director managing the fund’s portfolio investments across Continental Europe including transport, utilities and social infrastructure assets and contributing to the fund’s origination.  Lorenzo previously spent three years at EISER Infrastructure Limited as an Asset Manager managing investments in the transport, utilities and renewables space in Italy and Spain.

Prior to this Lorenzo was a member of the Power, Utilities and Renewables Investment Banking team at HSBC for three years.  Lorenzo’s early career includes consultancy positions at both Cambridge Associates in London and Value Partners in Argentina, as well as a finance role at Eni SpA.

Lorenzo holds an MBA from London Business School and a Masters in Economics and Business Management from Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome.  He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Priya Veerapen

Non-Executive Director

Priya joined Infracapital in 2021 to develop the Greenfield infrastructure investment activities. Priya has over 17 years’ experience in infrastructure financing, development and asset management experience.

 

Priya joined Infracapital from Deloitte where she was a director in the infrastructure advisory team advising infrastructure fund clients on telecoms, energy, transport project financings and acquisitions. Prior to Deloitte Priya was a Vice-President at Canadian developer Ledcor as well as a Director with 3i plc where she was responsible for origination, execution and asset management of infrastructure investments across sectors including energy transmission and generation, accommodation and transport. Priya transferred to 3i plc following their acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management, where she was an Investment Director.

 

Priya holds an MSc degree in Economics from University College London and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Shreya Malik

Non-Executive Director

Shreya Malik (London) joined KKR in 2021 and is a Managing Director on the Infrastructure team. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zenobē and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Refresco.

 

Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Malik spent over a decade at Partners Group, most recently as senior vice president on Partners Group’s infrastructure team, where she was responsible for originating and executing transactions across Europe. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Partners Group’s portfolio companies Gren, Telepass and Greenlink.

 

She began her career as an infrastructure finance consultant at Oxera. Ms. Malik holds a B.A. in Statistics and Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and an M.Sc. in Financial

Steve Holliday

Non-Executive Chairman

Steve Holliday is the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He is Chairman of Zenobe, President of the Energy Institute and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Crisis, the homeless charity. He volunteers his time as Vice Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Vice Chairman of Business in the Community and Chairman of Black Stork.

Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive of the company in January 2007, which he led for almost 10 years, until 2016.

Prior to joining National Grid, he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.

Steve is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Energy Institute. From 2012 to 2014 he was also appointed as a National Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and served as lead Non-Executive director with DEFRA from 2016 until the end of 2017. Steve served on the board of Marks & Spencer as Independent Non-Executive director from 2004 – 2014, as Deputy Chair at Convatec from 2016-19.

Steve holds a BSc degree from Nottingham University and honorary doctorates from Nottingham and Strathclyde universities. His sporting interests include cycling and following the fortunes of the England Rugby team.

Peter Smith

Head of Product

Pete leads Zenobē’s growing team of Product specialists across all areas of the business. His team oversee our R&D as well as product development in both hardware and software.

 

He has been working in the European E-Mobility sector from over ten years, specialising in the design, build and delivery of software systems for EV Charging.