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.

D Dawson

David spent his working life in Purchasing and Project Management, lately involved with major Projects linking BAe and the RAF. He currently lives in Rawtenstall and is active with the East Lancs Railway on a volunteer basis.

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.

Russ Hill

Joined the Board in 2018 after a long career at Calderstones.

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.

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.