Robert Hokin - Managing Director

Recognised as a leading figure in green industry, Robert has spent over 25 years in technology development, mergers & acquisitions and finance with the last 12 focused on cleantech. Prior to founding Greenbackers, Robert previously served as Chair of ecoConnect - a UK-wide, green industry business network, was Founder of The Cleantech Innovate Showcase and held senior management positions at ABB, WorldCom, GEC-Marconi plc and McAfee (now Intel Security) managing corporate startups, turnarounds and funding new technology development.

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John Steedman - Executive Director

​Based in England. With a 30-year international career with BP, John has held senior level positions in strategy development and R&D and across sales, marketing, and business management. Product commercialisation was a recurrent theme involving process development, testing, specification, scale-up, and supply chain management. Building on this experience and application of both the licensing business model and corporate venturing, he helped to run a Commercialisation Practitioner Course for Technologists. He has a BSc in Environmental Chemistry,  PhD in Organic Chemistry, both from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from the Open University.

Andrew Smith - Executive Director 

Based in Scotland. Andrew has spent over a decade in the renewables sector. Previously, Andrew was Head of the Scottish Investment Bank’s £103m Renewable Energy Investment Fund, investing equity and debt into a range of marine, low carbon and community owned renewables projects, leveraging private investment. Andrew was also Head of Investment at DP Energy, a developer of renewable energy projects world-wide and qualified and served as Head of Energy Practice Group at Alliuris, an alliance of independent law firms from across Europe. Andrew is Chairman of Our Community Energy, a community benefit company seeking to use renewables to alleviate fuel poverty and also participates on the Innovation Fund Expert Group by the European Commission Directorate-General Climate Action, consisting of representatives of Member States, EEA countries, experts from national innovation support programs, private sector experts, private and public financial institutions, research organisations and NGOs. 

Jae Mather  - Associate

Based in Vancouver, BC and covering North America, Jae speaks as keynote at more than 25 events a year and runs the CFG Sustainability Explored event series, delivering over 100 events reaching 5K+ attendees. He is a guest lecturer on the University of British Columbia & University of Birmingham MBA programs and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership programme. He is a Board member of the Board of Change, sits on the steering group of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) and is a member of the strategic advisory council (SAC) and the climate change and energy-working group at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Jae is an IEMA and a RSA Fellow, a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and is GRI G4 certified.

Tony Gale - Associate

Based in Wales. Tony provides strategic commercial management and market facilitation services to SME’s and investors with a speciality for innovative solutions in built environment infrastructure, climate change and energy usage. Tony spent 17 years with GE in a number of senior commercial roles in power generation and transmission, and as General Manager of GE’s Olympic Sponsorship programme as well as Director of Commercial Operations for Enterprise Infrastructure projects. He has been a Senior Panellist and advisor for the RBS Innovation Gateway and a member of the GLA low carbon vehicle steering committee.

Jim Wilson - Associate

Based in Scotland. Based in Scotland. Jim is a chartered engineer who became Investment Manager at SSE Venture Capital, helping build out their portfolio of investments. He has extensive experience as an investor director, gained on behalf of SSE, Scottish Enterprise and Lloyds Development Capital. Jim has worked with a large number of early stage projects and businesses, helping them to develop strategy and source talent.

Meet the Team