Securing a bright
future  

Solar and BESS communications 

Underpinned by local, regional and national political and media insight, we are harnessing public support for solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) to deliver effective planning, corporate and government communications in the sector. 

Specialists in solar and BESS communications

Solar and BESS is one of our most successful sectors. 

Our experienced team knows the political map that impacts solar, and has cut through with regional, national and international media and specialist solar and energy correspondents. We underpin this industry-specific knowledge with cutting edge in-house creative, digital and marketing specialists. 

We are supporting multiple solar/BESS DCO projects, including some of the largest schemes in the UK.  

We are members of Solar Energy UK and actively participate in their events and guidance, as well as delivering our own insight to the sector.

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You’re in good
company.

Our solar and BESS clients have big ambitions.

A great sounding board and always very insightful advice. A great team to work with and felt part of the inhouse team straightaway, when working to deliver a challenging solar DCO in Nottinghamshire.

Will Bridges, DCO Lead Developer, RES

The Cavendish team has been working on a proposal for a 20MW solar farm with battery storage in Rushcliffe Borough Council brought forward by RWE Solar & Storage. From organising an exhibition event open to the local community, to engaging with political stakeholders and running an ad campaign to help spread word about the project, the team have delivered across the board.

The programme for this project was shorter than usual and Cavendish ensured that everything was ready on time for the event as well as for the planning submission. Thanks Cavendish.

Bente Klein, Development Project Manager, RWE Solar & Storage UK

Our insights.

We are at the forefront of the sector, continuously delivering insight to our clients. 

From hosting solar/BESS roundtables with senior politicians, to contributing to Solar Energy UK’s best practice community engagement guidance, we’ve shown our commitment to driving thought leadership in this sector. 

Our people;
your team.

Jamie Gordon
Executive Director
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Jamie Gordon
Executive Director

Jamie is one of the UK’s leading specialists in infrastructure and energy sector communications. He has over 25 years’ experience of delivering strategic and operational communications programmes and currently advices on some of the UK’s largest energy and infrastructure projects. Jamie has experience in the solar industry working on various schemes for clients such as Solar Securities and Good Energy and is also a board director for the award-winning organisation Community Energy South.

Jamie has also previously fed into the good practice guidance document on community engagement in the solar sector for the BRE National Solar Centre. 

Steven Park
Executive Director
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Steven Park
Executive Director

Steven leads our Scotland practice and has over 20 years experience working in the public affairs and communications environment. He is one of Scotland’s leading specialists in the politics of planning in the built environment sector. He leads on our solar and battery storage work with clients including Elmya, Locogen and RWE. He has substantial broader renewable energy project experience in Scotland.

Steven’s vast experience coupled with his knowledge and understanding of the political landscape in Scotland, provides clients with unrivalled strategic guidance and support ensuring that their investments and commercial aspirations are robustly looked after. 

Verity Barr
Director
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Verity Barr
Director

Verity leads our national PR team and has over 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering integrated strategic and creative communications campaigns for organisations across the energy lifecycle, from power generation to energy retail. She has led award-winning corporate positioning campaigns and has managed complex stakeholder engagement programmes to support tenders and planning applications for major infrastructure projects.

Having also led community and stakeholder consultations for two DCO projects she is able to combine her knowledge of the planning process with a broader communications approach. She leads Cavendish’s work with Ylem Energy. 

Krystian Groom
Director
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Krystian Groom
Director

Krystian has worked in built environment communications for 10 years, managing some of Cavendish’s most contentious and high-profile projects. He has supported solar and BESS proposals with clients including RWE and has a very strong understanding of the policy landscape in which solar and other forms of energy are being promoted.

Krystian supplements this solar-specific experience with his work leading DCO communications for energy projects in other sectors, including nuclear. 

Steven Livingston
Director
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Steven Livingston
Director

Steven has worked in public affairs for the last decade, establishing himself as a leading expert in planning communications in Scotland. In addition, Steven’s strong analytical skills, combined with his political awareness, ensures he is well placed to advise clients on how best to navigate the regulatory and policy landscape in Scotland, crucially lifting barriers to assist clients with their investment.  Steven has worked extensively on projects throughout Scotland across many sectors including energy, renewables, house building, retail, commercial property, logistics, domestic manufacturing, waste wood recycling, health and science & technology. Steven leads the Glasgow office and operates throughout Scotland.

Tom Bradley
Director
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Tom Bradley
Director

Tom has extensive experience in working with highly regulated businesses and organisations across the energy and environment sectors. He has previously worked with companies such as National Grid, Cadent Gas, and UK Power Networks. Prior to entering consultancy, Tom worked in both Westminster and Brussels, providing policy advice to Conservative MPs and MEPs.

A Conservative Party parliamentary candidate at the last election, Tom has an extensive network within Westminster. 

Matt Crisp
Director
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Matt Crisp
Director

Matthew leads our North team and has in-house and agency experience spanning the infrastructure, energy, utilities and property sectors, with an in-depth understanding of the DCO consultation process. His previous DCO experience includes supporting National Highways and Vattenfall Offshore Wind and he is currently leading our support to RES for its solar and battery storage renewables project in Nottinghamshire.

Matthew’s broader renewables experience includes support for solar projects with associated battery storage for Orsted in Nottinghamshire and The Farm Energy Company in Barnard Castle. 

Olivia White
Associate Director – I&E
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Olivia White
Associate Director – I&E

Olivia has an expert understanding of the DCO process having worked on multiple public and private schemes through consultation and examination.

She is leading Cavendish’s solar DCO in East Riding of Yorkshire with RWE, and supports other solar and BESS clients including Voltis. Olivia’s background includes in-house roles at China General Nuclear and Network Rail. 

George Burr
Associate Director
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George Burr
Associate Director

George has worked in planning communications for over a decade, giving him vast experience across a range of sectors with both public and private sector clients. He has been involved in renewable energy projects throughout his career – principally providing community engagement and strategic political advice on solar TCPA applications, but also for onshore wind and energy from waste projects.

George has led teams on solar TCPA and BESS projects with Locogen, The Farm Energy Company and Voltis. His most recent committee approval was for a TCPA solar farm in the Sevenoaks Green Belt. 

Alex George
Account Director
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Alex George
Account Director

Based in Cavendish’s Midlands team, Alex supports clients seeking to deliver a wide array of energy projects across the Midlands, including solar/BESS DCO applications with RWE and RES.

Through his work on solar projects, energy from waste facilities, and offshore wind, Alex has established himself as a key figure when engaging rural communities. His understanding of local sensitivities helps the team to relay information and mitigate negative preconceptions, whilst ensuring that the client’s reputation is upheld and enhanced. 

Chelsea Reilly
Account Director
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Chelsea Reilly
Account Director

Chelsea has managed a variety of challenging housing, regeneration, infrastructure and energy projects, delivering proactive community engagement and communication activities. She has supported solar sector clients such as RES and The Farm Energy Company. Her work has included NSIP and TCPA consultations, preferred options consultations, town centre regeneration schemes along with long-term support for large-scale projects, such as garden towns.

Over the past 18-months, Chelsea has supported the statutory and non-statutory consultations for a major infrastructure project spanning East Suffolk and Kent. 

Sam Freedman
Senior Account Manager
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Sam Freedman
Senior Account Manager

Sam has over 4 years’ experience in built environment communications with a focus on sustainability, delivering integrated and strategic campaigns designed to deliver robust and effective media relations. His area of passion is renewable energy and low carbon technologies, having worked with clients such as Community Energy South, helping to develop their messaging and raise their profile among key audiences.

His passion for sustainable solutions has led to Sam helping to spearhead a range of Net Zero focused projects for Cavendish Consulting, devising campaigns and events for the solar industry 

Indya Waite
Senior Account Executive
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Indya Waite
Senior Account Executive

Indya specialises in major infrastructure consultation and recently supported the statutory and non-statutory consultations for two large-scale and locally contentious solar farms in Lincolnshire. She has a strong understanding of the types of issues communities raise in response to proposals for new solar farms and experience of handling these through direct liaison with stakeholder and members of the public. She is currently supporting Cavendish’s work with RES on its proposals for a renewables project including solar and BESS in Nottinghamshire. 

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