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Case Studies

1. Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS)

I am Interim Head of Competition at the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), responsible for ensuring the competitive retail water market works well and is prepared for major changes to charges in April 2017. I delivered important regulatory reforms on time, effectively processed regulatory business as usual, and built the capability and confidence of the team. Importantly, this contributed to maintaining public trust and confidence in an orderly market which is responsive to customers.


2. British High Commission in India (BHC)

The BHC is leveraging its relationship with the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to promote renewable energy development in India and grow UK trade and investment. Charles is working with the BHC to build trust with the Minister and senior staff at MNRE; and co-develop a road map for the first offshore wind projects, a tender process, and a subsidy mechanism which is affordable and attractive to global wind farm developers. Achievements include a government policy statement and development of sites for two offshore wind projects.  Charles has also worked with the BHC to encourage UK investment in Indian solar and wind projects.  UK financiers are investing at scale in renewables, and increasingly UK developers are delivering projects in India.


3. PKA AIP a/s

PKA (a major Danish pension fund) asked me to manage their first tender to Ofgem to become an Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) by competing for five transmission links worth £2.1bn in total.  We created an OFTO team, bid strategy and tender document from scratch in a month.  I drafted significant parts of the tender, and coached the team to draft a quality tender with a consistent style, content and key messages.  I developed key bid themes, and a document production system including allocation of tasks, timetable and editing process.  Ofgem fed-back that our 93-page bid exceeded their requirements with my section on risk management awarded our best score.  Ofgem were impressed by what we had achieved, quickly in our first OFTO bid.

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  • Anglian Water

  • BAE Systems

  • Black & Veatch

  • British High Commission Delhi

  • EdF

  • Gemserv

  • Green Investment Bank

  • Highways England

  • Ofgem

  • Ofwat

  • PKA AIP a/s

  • Triodos Bank NV

  • Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Client Endorsements

“Charles is a thoughtful and considered professional. He is prepared to challenge how he thinks about things to come up with new ways of approaching problems - a valuable skill in a professional.”

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO at Grant Thornton UK LLP


“Charles is an impressive advisor combining excellent sector and technical knowledge with an ability to provide concise and pragmatic advice.”

Iain Briggs, Finance Director at Joule Africa


“Charles is a highly knowledgeable and professional adviser who always meets the expectations of his clients.”

Peter Bucks, NED Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL)


"Charles joined my team at Triodos Bank in late 2014 to help deliver a pipeline of lending opportunities in the solar sector. Charles integrated himself into the project team seamlessly, showing himself to be very commercial, customer focused and diligent. Critically, he was very quick to understand the importance of the Bank's mission and how its shapes our approach to lending and very quickly became a trusted member of the team, which was very important for this assignment."

Philip Bazin, Environment Team Manager Triodos Bank