Our team

Ken McRae

Ken is the General Manager of Pixie Energy and has worked in the utility sector for over 25 years in a variety of client facing, management and project roles. He has been involved in a number of transformational projects including the development of the central market arrangements to support the introduction and operation of the competitive retail Water Market in Scotland, the Faster Switching Programme, Smart Metering, establishment of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and Green Deal arrangements, and Code Governance Reviews.

Ken has a wide range of industry knowledge gained through interaction with Government departments, sector regulators and market participants in the GB and Irish markets. He has an Honours degree in Business Studies, a father of 5 and an avid supporter of his sons’ and daughters’ rugby teams.

Dan Starman

Dan’s primary focus is on local electricity generation and supply models, and leads our local supply projects. Dan also has experience in consultancy work, including advising new entrant suppliers on the costs of establishing a supply business and networks cost forecasts.

Dan studied at the University of East Anglia where he completed a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development.

Tom Andrews

Tom spends his time researching new areas of interest to the company, building insight into future developments to technology and markets, utilising his regulatory and smart network knowledge to support local energy projects. He also leads the International Markets research initiative.

Tom grew up in north east Surrey before moving to Norwich to study at UEA, gaining a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Medieval History. He came to Cornwall Insight in December 2016 after nine years in financial services, where he was a regulated financial adviser overseeing process development and regulatory compliance.

Tom Lusher

Tom is the Electric Vehicle (EV) specialist at Pixie Energy, with expertise spanning the wider EV market, including policy and regulation, electricity, automotive, fleet and charging infrastructure. He has been involved in a number of EV consultancy projects, including an optional appraisal for the electrification of corporate car fleets in the UK. Tom is also author of Charged Up: Future Fleet, Cornwall Insight’s EV market intelligence and insight service.

Alongside a thorough understanding of the GB energy markets, Tom also specialises in the Energy Company Obligation, the decarbonisation of heat and hydrogen. He has a First Class Honours degree in Geography from the University of East Anglia and graduated top of his year.

Emily Lewis

Emily joined the Pixie team in July 2019 having graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. She completed her Year in Industry placement on the University of East Anglia’s Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering team, working on energy saving projects and utilities data management for the campus.

At Pixie Energy, Emily supports the Ipswich Microgrid project and assists in the development of the Energy Data Hub. Emily is also produces Pixie Energy’s publication Local Energy Matters. She has an interest in community energy and local energy projects, having grown up in Norfolk.

Sam Peek

Sam is an Analyst in the Pixie Energy team at Cornwall Insight. He joined in July 2019 having previously worked on offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance, as well as oil and gas interface projects for both commissioning and decommissioning of platforms. He is a graduate from the University of East Anglia with a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

At Pixie Energy, Sam is primarily focused on supporting the ECO Switch project and producing the Renewable Heat Incentive quarterly and monthly Feed-in Tariff reports as well as the other Pixie innovation projects. He also contributes to writing articles for Local Energy matters and our forward-looking energy markets publication Energy:2030.

Laura Woolsey

Laura is an Analyst in the Pixie Energy team at Cornwall Insight. She joined in November 2019 having graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences. During her degree she specialised in carbon management and climate.

She now focuses on network charging and industry costs, working on the Third Party Charges forecast and the Feed-in Tariff forecast and is also researching Big Data and AI in energy markets.

Ellie Procter

During her year in industry, Elli has split focus between Cornwall Insight’s regulation team and the company’s wholly owned group, Pixie Energy. She joined the team in 2019, building knowledge on research into the regulatory requirements around networks, with a specific focus on independent Distribution Network Operators and Gas Transporters. Alongside this, Elli regularly contributes to weekly publications, including Energy Spectrum and the Ireland Weekly Bulletin.

Elli’s placement will see her achieving a BSc Environmental Science with a Year in Industry at University of East Anglia. At university, Elli contributed time to the UEA Climbing Club, where she spent a year as the group’s social secretary

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