About us

Experts in low carbon energy, finance and community investment

The directors of Gen Community Ventures share a vision of how new forms of finance can empower individuals and communities to catalyse social impact through the development of the low carbon economy. We have been working in community energy since 2011, and have achieved notable successes, as well as having projects which have not progressed.

We currently asset manage 7.5MW’s of rooftop solar PV projects, looking after 30,000 solar panels and deliver innovative low carbon energy projects.

Our team

Andy Heald

Andy HealdAndy holds an MSc Energy, Environmental Technology & Economics (Merit) from City University – London, a Securities Diploma and a BA Hons Political Theory & Economics. Prior to low carbon technologies, Andy was a wealth manager for thirteen years.

Andy founded Gen Community Ventures in 2013, and has led the project delivery of Newport Solar, Energise Barnsley and Egni Sir Gar. Within Energise Barnsley, Andy developed and delivered an OFGEM funded residential solar PV and battery storage project.

Andy is on the Energy Networks Association Steering Board for Distributed Energy, and is also a Trustee for the Trafalgar 2001 Trust.

Jo Cook

Jo CookQualified as a solicitor in London in 2002, specialised in non-contentious construction law and practiced in London for 10 years. Jo worked for the London Borough of Southwark before joining top 100 law firms. Jo then spent 12months assisting Solarcentury’s Company Secretary on legal matters before setting up her own contract consultancy business. Jo still specialises in commercial contracts, in particular construction and renewable energy contracts.

Gareth Hughes

Gareth HughesGareth established Beetle Capital in 2008, focusing on accelerating investment into the natural capital economy  – the natural ecosystems that provide goods and services to human society. As a founder and board member of Climate Change Capital (CCC) – a low carbon investment fund – he led the incubation, development and raising of circa $1.75bn for CCC funds. Gareth is on the board of Ecodesk and The Ice Organisation, which aims to mitigate climate change through mass consumer purchasing power. He is Trustee of the Global Cool Foundation and has led UK trade delegations to China and India.