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Robert Hokin - Chief Executive and Managing Partner

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.

Meet the Team

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.

Andrew Smith - Associate

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. 

Dr Tim Fox- Associate

Based in England. Tim successfully delivers commercialisation support, international business development and funding acquisition and is an internationally recognised expert in low carbon energy systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, cleantech innovation and sustainable food systems. He has extensive experience in marketing, commercialisation, business development, policy advocacy, funding acquisition and relationship building gained in the UK, EU and international environments. Operating at the nexus of science-technology-policy-business-communications. His activities span industry; business; finance; academia; NGOs; press; media; and international bodies such as the UN; the EU; and national governments in Europe, North America and Asia. 

John Steedman - Associate

​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.