About us

The current project team consists of local residents of Whalley and the surrounding area who share a commitment to developing renewable energy here who give our time voluntarily. We came together as a team in February 2010 under the auspices of Transition Town Clitheroe, a community organization addressing peak oil and climate change locally.



D Lynch BSc (Economics), FCA.

David has worked as a qualified chartered accountant with many small and medium sized businesses, including many limited companies, covering statutory work, preparation of accounts, taxation, cash flow statements and management accounts.


On legal matters we are advised by John Houldsworth, solicitor.

Micro hydro consultancy on the whole project is provided by Peter Hill of Power from the Landscape with funding provided by Green Communities.

Dave Hollings of Cooperative Mutual Solutions provides consultancy, funded by Cooperatives UK, on setting up as an IPS and issuing shares.

T Ashworth

Tim is a retired engineer. He holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough College (now University). He has been a manager of research and development, measurement and control systems and technical service to the paper manufacturing industry, primarily in Northern Europe/Scandinavia. Specialist knowledge of more energy efficient pressing and drying systems led to presentation of technical papers worldwide as well as to a number of grants of UK and European patents.

G H Sowter MBA, ARIC.

Graham has had a varied working career spanning over 40 years including periods as a research chemist, chemical plant manager, labour relations specialist, printing factory director, self-employed computer consultant and college lecturer. He has been active in his community in a variety of roles and served on Ribble Valley Borough Council for 13 years including a three year stint as Chair of the Community and Environment Committee. He was a Parish Councillor for 20 years.

C Gathercole BSc (Spec), DCP

Chris formerly worked in the NHS, developing community services for people with learning disabilities previously housed in large institutions. He has experience of setting up social enterprises introducing and disseminating approaches to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities – one introducing supported employment in the UK and one for citizen advocacy in the NW of England. Both involved setting up training and conferences to bring about widespread social change. He has been a long standing member of Friends of the Earth and was a founder member of Transition Town Clitheroe.

W Wilkinson C Eng, MI Mech E, FIHEEM

Bill is a chartered mechanical engineer who started his working life at British Aerospace, later moving into the NHS, managing hospital infrastructure at several sites in the north west. Bill has been advising WCHL on contracts and is acting as project supervisor during the construction phase. He has recently retired as Director of Estates at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Whalley where he has been responsible for managing the Trust’s property portfolio, introducing a wide range of low carbon technologies which have significantly reduced the energy consumption of the Trust’s estate.


To govern the scheme we have formed Whalley Community Hydro Limited which is a Community Benefit Society (until August 2014 an Industrial and Provident Society). Each shareholder member of the Society has a vote in how the Society is managed at the Annual General Meeting.

The business of the Society is governed by the Rules.