AADL Leadership Team

  • Crispin Holliday - Director

    Crispin Holliday - Director

    Alongside his role as Commercial Director, responsible for new business development activities across sub-Saharan Africa Crispin is leading the Aldwych participation as co-developer and investor in the 450MW Azura greenfield IPP in Nigeria. With Aldwych since the end of 2004, he has also been responsible for leading the 360MW Ruhudji hydropower project in Tanzania as well as contributing to the successful Kelvin and Rabai transactions.

    Crispin spent the first 9 years of his career with BASF in the UK and Germany and was responsible for planning energy supply solutions for large petrochemical sites in Europe and Asia. Following an MBA at INSEAD, Crispin then joined AES in a business development role in London, before spending two years in Cameroon as Director of planning and development for the integrated national utility SONEL, culminating in the successful development of the 85MW Limbe HFO project. Crispin is a Chartered Engineer and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University.

  • Mark Fitzpatrick - Director

    Mark Fitzpatrick - Director

    Mark is joint founder of Aldwych, together with Helen Tarnoy, and was its first as Managing Director. Mark co-led the arrangement of the original financing for the company and recruited the original staff. Mark has been involved in all of Aldwych’ s projects, including the acquisition of the 600MW Kelvin power plant in Johannesburg and the development of the Rabai Power Project in Kenya before taking on his new role as Executive Director on 1 July 2010. Mark continues to assist with all aspects of project development.

    Following an early career in power engineering, design and construction, Mark joined The AES Corporation in 1984. From then until 2003 he led early greenfield and acquisition efforts in the US, followed by expansion into the UK, the rest of Europe, central Asia and Africa, growing the London-based organisation from 2 people in 1990 to over 5000 in 2002. Mark completed his career at AES as Executive Vice President of the Corporation and Chief Operating Officer for Latin America, where he was responsible for restructuring the company's businesses and achieving profitability in an $8bn workout. Mark is a mechanical engineer by training and has a BSME and an MSME from Purdue University.

  • Helen Tarnoy - Director

    Helen Tarnoy - Director

    Helen is joint founder of Aldwych International, along with Mark Fitzpatrick. Helen co-led the arrangement of the original financing for the company and its re-financing in February 2009. During her time at Aldwych, Helen has led the acquisition of a stake in CEC, the private Zambian transmission business, where she became Deputy Chairman, and co-led the acquisition of the 600MW Kelvin power plant in Johannesburg. Along with leading Aldwych’s early business development work, she also supported the development, financing and construction of the 90MW Rabai IPP in Kenya, which went into commercial operation in May 2010. Helen started her time with Aldwych as the Commercial Director and became Managing Director in 2010. She is responsible for Aldwych’s membership of the Power Africa Initiative, within which Aldwych has committed to develop, finance, construct and operate almost 1200MW of new generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Helen joined The AES Corporation in 1997 as Senior Project Director, working on projects in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Hungary. She subsequently led the successful development of the USD 400m Songo-Songo gas-to-power project in Tanzania, as well as working on the acquisition by AES of the Kelvin power plant and of the Ebute 260MW barge-mounted gas-fired power plant in Nigeria. Between 2002 and 2004 Helen was CEO of AES-SONEL, the national power company of Cameroon, with responsibility for a budget of around USD 150m, 500,000 customers and a workforce of 4000 people. In late 2003, under Helen’s leadership, the company successfully completed the project financing of a much-needed new 85MW thermal power plant. Helen is a graduate of Oxford University with a BA and an MA in Modern Languages.

Aldwych International Limited Supporting Team

  • Neil Hopkins – Finance Director

    Neil Hopkins – Finance Director

    Neil joined Aldwych in 2009 as Finance Director and is responsible for corporate financing, as well as financial reporting for the various Joint Ventures in which Aldwych participates. Neil is the Company Secretary for all of Aldwych’s UK registered companies and is also the Compliance Officer, reporting in that role to the Audit & Risk Committee of the Aldwych Board.

    Neil qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and he left in 1995 to join The AES Corporation. During his 13 years at AES, he worked primarily in London as the Regional Finance Director. Neil assisted in the development of greenfield projects and acquisitions in Europe and throughout Africa including Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, providing advice on project specific tax structuring, project financing and general accounting issues. In addition, Neil was responsible for overseeing the financial reporting for businesses across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Neil also sat on a number of Joint Venture Boards, representing AES and was Company Secretary for more than 20 UK based companies.

    In 2003 Neil spent two years in the US with AES as Vice-President of Financial Planning & Analysis, where he formed a new FP&A function, which at the time had interests in over 80 projects worldwide.

  • Robert Pacquement – Project Manager

    Robert Pacquement – Project Manager

    Robert has worked on developing and financing power projects in Africa for 9 years, joining Aldwych International in 2005 as Project Analyst. He authored templates for project and corporate models and was involved in many of Aldwych’s projects, in particular the acquisition of Kelvin Power in Johannesburg and the development of the Rabai Power Project in Kenya. In his current role, Robert is supporting a number of Aldwych’s projects, including the Fula Rapids Project in South Sudan, the Singida Wind project in Tanzania and number of new business opportunities in both West and East Africa. Before joining Aldwych, he completed an internship with EDF in the Medium Term Production Management Group of the Research and Development Division. Robert has an MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the French engineering institute ENSEEIHT (National Institute of Engineering in Electro-technology, Electronics, Computer science, Hydraulics and Telecommunications).

  • Mark Gammons-Project Director

    Mark Gammons, Project Director

    Mark joined Aldwych in 2009 to work in Tanzania on two projects, the 100MW Singida wind project and the 358MW Ruhudji hydro project. Mark has been the Project Director of the Singida project since 2010 and the Acting Director of the Ruhudji project since 2011.

    Mark began his career working as an energy regulatory lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico before joining the WING Group in 1994 as a project coordinator developing power projects in China. In 1997 he joined an LNG consulting firm, International Gas and Power Ventures, Inc. In 2000 he took the position of project manager for The AES Corporation and assisted in the successful completion of the Songas project in Tanzania, and was involved in other projects in Zambia and Ghana. From 2002 through 2009 Mark built a real estate business in Washington DC and achieved an advanced law degree before returning to the energy business.

    Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1989), a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine School of Law (1993), and an LLM in Tax from Georgetown Law School (20009).

  • Maeve O’Shea – Project Manager

    Maeve O’Shea – Project Manager

    Maeve joined Aldwych International in early 2007. She is Aldwych’s Environmental Project Manager, responsible for managing and reporting on environmental, social, health and safety aspects at both a project and corporate level respectively. Maeve has acted as Environmental Lead on the Lake Turkana Wind Project, Kenya, and Singida Wind Project, Tanzania. She is also currently working on the Fula Rapids Project, South Sudan, and supporting the Azura-Edo Project, Nigeria, as well as working on a variety of new business opportunities in both the renewable and non-renewable sectors. Her field experience in sub-Sahara Africa includes Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and South Africa. Maeve graduated with an MSci in Geological Sciences from the University of Durham.

  • Peter Barrett - Engineering Director

    Peter Barrett - Engineering Director

    Peter has been with Aldwych as Engineering Director since June 2009 focussing on projects in Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, The Gambia and South Africa. Peter has led technical aspects of Aldwych’s participation in the 300 MW Lake Turkana wind farm IPP in Kenya, the 450MW Azura gas fired IPP in Nigeria, the 250MW Amandi oil / gas fired CCGT in Ghana, and the 42MW Fula Rapids hydropower project in South Sudan. Peter has also contributed to the restructuring of the Kelvin coal fired power plant by proposing a successful turn-around plan for the business.

    Prior to joining Aldwych, he worked as an independent consultant to the power industry for 2 years. Peter worked for The AES Corporation, primarily in London, from 1991 until September 2007, as a Project Engineer and Project Director. During this period, from mid 1993, Peter spent over two years in China, which included working as the technical expert on the 2100MW coal-fired Yangcheng project. After returning to England in 1995, Peter participated in the development of many successful AES projects, including the 240MW greenfield gas fired AES Barry project and several business acquisitions. He subsequently led a number of successful projects including the 363MW clean coal power plant refurbishment at Fifoots Point and the 600MW Maritza East 1 greenfield lignite-fired power plant in Bulgaria. Peter began his career as an electrical engineer with GEC Turbine Generators Ltd, and subsequently worked with ABB Power and Toshiba International. Peter has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College (University of London).

  • Mohammed Sedenu - Project Director

    Mohammed Sedenu - Project Director

    Mohammed Sedenu works with AADL on sourcing and developing energy infrastructure opportunities in Africa. He previously worked with the AES Corporation for over 12 years, initially joining the early project team mobilized to develop and manage the construction of a greenfield CCGT power plant in England, this being one of AES' first forays outside the US. Subsequently, and working from the UK forward base so established, he was a Project Director with responsibility for project origination, deal packaging, negotiation and project management in diverse emerging markets such as: Russia and the former CIS countries; pre-EU Central European states; the Middle East and North Africa; and sub-saharan Africa. With a track record of successful developments, he contributed to a period of rapid growth that propelled the corporation from a mere startup into the S&P 500 within a decade, and it became widely recognized as a leader in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) niche. He has since leaving AES specialized in establishing co-investment vehicles with local sponsors interested in contributing to bridging the energy gap in their countries, and is a Principal of a number of related joint ventures across Africa. While doing this, he also worked on and off with Aldwych International since its inception on specific business opportunities and is currently supporting the establishment of the AADL subsidiary which is actively involved in building up a pipeline of quality projects on behalf of InfraCo Africa. Mos is a Chartered Engineer, having supplemented his early education with an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He also holds an MBA (awarded with a DIC) from Imperial College Business School.

  • Jacques Ntogue – Project Manager

    Jacques Ntogue – Project Manager

    Jacques joined Aldwych in April 2015 as Project Manager, and is working on developing power projects. He started his career as Telecom Research Engineer at British Telecom Labs in Ipswich. He then moved to Siemens in Munich as 3G Architecture Manager.

    As World Bank Telecom expert, Jacques led the Y2K transition of Cameroun incumbent Operators, CAMTEL and CAMTEL Mobile. During 3 years, Jacques was head of the Network & Telecommunication Division at African Development Bank.

    After 20 years in Telecoms Jacques decided to explore the IPP field and founded Renewable Energy for Africa Development (REFAD) the first IPP to be granted a License and PPA in Rwanda. Jacques led this 5 MW hydro project from site identification to the Financial close in November 2014.

    Jacques holds an MSc in Telecommunications and an MBA from INSEAD. He is completing his doctorate degree on Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy sector in SSA at Paris Dauphine University.

  • Pauline Desfontaines – Business Development Manager

    Pauline Desfontaines – Business Development Manager

    Pauline has been involved with developing renewable energy projects in Europe and Africa for 12 years and joined AADL in 2014. She previously occupied the role of business developer in Africa for several wind and solar independent power producers and developers, and developed programs for the solar photovoltaic industry in Africa. She then created her own advisory company to advise a number of actors in the energy sector in North, Central and West Africa. In her current role of Business Development Manager, Pauline is exploring new business opportunities in both the renewable and non-renewable sectors the West African region. She is based in Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Pauline graduated from the Reims Management School in France (Diplome d'Etudes Supérieures Européennes de Management) and from the Hogeschool Brabant in the Netherlands (Bachelor of Economics).

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