Who we are

Chris Elston, Managing Director

Chris Elston is a highly-experienced project programme director and director-level power generation expert. He has a strong track record in power plant project management, project development, operations, engineering and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Recent experience includes:

Director of UK Projects Built a project management department in RWE that successfully delivered an investment programme of £2.5Bn of power generation projects over an 8 year period. This included gas (two major CCGT projects, Pembroke and Staythorpe); a major flue gas desulphurisation retrofit (Aberthaw); onshore and offshore wind; biomass and major gas and steam turbine replant and upgrade projects.

Head of the project management competence area for RWE Technology (conventional projects across the RWE generation businesses).

Director of Engineering, RWE npower. Led a team of 200 engineers and scientists offering high quality operational and project engineering advice to a range of internal and external power generation clients. A key competence area of the department was the safe maximisation of commercial flexibility of power plant (coal and gas-fired) at minimum cost.

Mergers and acquisitions project director in RWE npower. Managed a team of internal and external technical, legal, commercial and financial advisors to evaluate assets and execute a transaction. This resulted in the successful acquisition of Great Yarmouth power station from BP.

Head of the RWE npower combined heat and power business. Overall accountable for the management of a company with a portfolio of 16 combined heat and power plants on a range of industrial sites with an annual turnover of around £400m.

Power plant operational roles in National Power, including Station Manager at Eggborough (2000MW coal) and Engineering manager at Drax (4000MW coal).


Mark Thomas, Associate


 Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas is a highly-experienced international business director and director-level power generation expert. He has a strong track record in power plant project development and creation of new businesses in the power sector.

Recent experience includes

Head of Corporate Development (RWE Technology, Germany). RWE’s project management & engineering company with responsibility for constructing €12 billion of capital projects across Europe. Responsibilities included setting up the new company, developing corporate strategy, change management and providing corporate communications.

International Business Director (RWE npower). Responsible for developing and growing RWE npower’s international operations and engineering consulting business with offices in the Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia.

Business Development Director (RWE npower). Responsible for the creation and development of a new business to sell npower’s power station operations and engineering expertise to external clients around the world.

Project Director (National Power) Responsible for the technical development and commercial exploitation of a new high efficiency power generation technology.

Managing Director (Transpower Ltd, Ireland).  Responsible for the management of a joint venture company between National Power plc and the Irish state utility, ESB.  Transpower was created to originate European power generation investment opportunities and sell technical services.

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