Creating Lasting Change Together

Team

The experienced team at Iona Management Services enables the business to analyse, diagnose and subsequently offer solutions to a wide range of issues that may be experienced by a variety of different energy efficiency projects.

Why our people are our business

Who We Are

We value integrity, loyalty and respect. Drawing on decades of experience from our industry professionals, we take a collaborative approach to supporting our portfolio companies.

Peter Mills

Peter Mills

Managing Director

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Compliance & HR Director

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Engineering Director

Bill Thomson

Bill Thomson

Head of Farming

Holly Giles

Asset Management & Performance Coordinator

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Laura Atkinson

Finance Director

Ewan BW 2

Ewan Gorford

Investment Manager

Rebecca BW

Rebecca O'Neill

Asset Manager

Peter joined Iona in 2017 as Director of Operations. He has previously worked as a  regulator in the environmental sector and for the last twenty five years as a senior  manager for several waste management  and recycling  businesses.

Peter has extensive experience in the design, build, operation and maintenance of  solid waste treatment, resource recovery and renewable energy facilities. In addition to  this he has previously led a successful bid team, securing numerous supply contracts to  facilities under  his management. Peter will oversee all operational elements of Iona’s deployed assets whilst also  heading-up the Group’s management services provider, Tean Management Services.

Rebecca joined the business in July 2016 and supports the IMS sites and wider Iona portfolio on all compliance matters. 

A Chartered Waste Manger, she comes from an operational waste background with many years of experience working in the public and private sector.

Richard provides key service and maintenance support to the Iona assets ensuring that the plants maximise utilisation.  Rich heads up the parts supply team and maintains a large volume of critical spare parts for our own assets and customers that need support.  He joined the business in May 2016 as Health and Safety Manager, progressing to an Asset Support role.  He has worked in the waste water and AD industry for the last 13 years and has a vast knowledge of multiple technologies.

As Head of Farming, Bill works with the site teams and independent operators to ensure the best quality feedstock is available.  Bill is an experienced farmer with a wealth of AD experience and crop suitability.  He supports the Advantage sites and wider portfolio, maximizing feedstock opportunities.

Holly joined Iona Management Services in 2020 as an Asset Performance & Maintenance Co-Ordinator to work alongside and support the Asset & Performance Manager to ensure that all critical spare enquiries are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

Prior to joining IMS, Holly used to work for Advantage Biogas Ltd in 2017 as an administration Assistance supporting the finance team. She then went on to work for a funeral director acting as their funeral arranger for two years.

Laura is the Finance Director for Iona Management Services and is based in the York office alongside a small team. Laura oversees the day-to-day financial management of IMS and also supports six of the AD plants from a financial and reporting perspective.  

Laura joined the company in April 2019, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge gained across several industries. Laura has a first-class degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified as an ACA chartered accountant with PwC in 2008.

Ewan Gorford joined the investment team at Iona in 2016 and has specific responsibility for power purchase agreements and energy optimisation strategies.

Before joining Iona, Ewan worked as a consultant in the renewables sector working on diversification strategies in the water drilling industry. He has also worked in areas as diverse as business strategy and development, commercial negotiation and trend analysis.

Prior to this he worked for the British Government, during which time he worked on five continents, often for extended time periods under arduous and pressurised conditions. This culminated in developing policing and governance in Southern Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

Rebecca O'Neill

Contact

roneill@ionacapital.co.uk

Rebecca joined the Iona investment team in 2015.  She is responsible for the technical management of Iona’s existing assets: this includes assessing and reporting on the design and operation of the facilities, developing and evaluating proposals for facility upgrades and improvement works, and working with the operators to ensure the facilities are optimised. 

Rebecca also provides technical support for the development of new projects, and is working with a number or research and development projects to ensure Iona is aware of new technologies to the renewables market. 

Prior to joining Iona, Rebecca was head of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) at Fichtner Consulting Engineers and prior to that a Project Engineer at Williams Industrial Services. Rebecca has a PhD from Queens University Belfast, her researched focussed on the production of renewable fuels from waste. Rebecca also graduated with a 1st class honours MEng in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast. 

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