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Meet the team

Drawing on decades of utility-scale power sector experience, our Ireland management team is pushing the boundaries of smart energy.

The talent and passion of our employees has driven our incredible growth from a six-person start-up in 2010 to a global market leader with six offices across three continents.

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Conor McGuigan

Director of Business Development

Since the very beginning, Conor has been one of the driving forces of planning and development at Lightsource. As Director of Business Development, Conor has been responsible for the development and acquisition of all our large-scale solar projects in the UK and Ireland, including a ground-breaking floating solar installation. In his previous role as Director of Acquisitions, Conor used his wide experience in the public and private planning sectors to continue Lightsource’s development and expand our diverse portfolio including managing our land business and acquisitions in the UK. In 2017 he established Lightsource BP operations in Australia, before returning to the UK. Currently heading up our Development teams across Europe, Conor’s expansive knowledge of the solar industry is crucial in cementing Lightsource BP’s role as a global energy leader.

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Tara Reale

Senior Business Development Manager

Tara joined Lightsource BP in 2019, as a Senior Business Development Manager for the RoI. Prior to joining Lightsource BP, Tara worked on both origination side and the advisory side of large infrastructure transactions in the UK, primarily in the Energy from Waste and Electric Vehicle Charging sectors. Since joining Lightsource BP, she has been leading the development of the Irish business strategy, focusing on strategic growth areas such as Power Purchase Agreement Solar Farms and Battery Storage. Tara is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in Asset Management from Trinity College Dublin.

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Barry Wadding

Senior Development Manager

Barry joined Lightsource in 2016, following 12+ years of international experience working on utility scale projects. He has been instrumental in the development and promotion of a range of utility scale and power purchase agreement solar projects across the Republic of Ireland. His extensive experience in business development and the management of acquisitions has been a key asset in Lightsource's expansion into the Republic of Ireland. As part of the ongoing push to diversify the energy mix, Barry is also working on the development of solar and battery installations on new and existing windfarms.

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Tom Loughrey

Land Acquisition Manager

Tom has been at Lightsource for almost two years, generating business, identifying and securing land, developing sites and supporting the Business Development teams in reaching their set targets. During his decade-plus of experience as a Site Acquisition Surveyor in the Telecoms industry, Tom was involved in much of the 2G and 3G rollouts in Ireland, working with all of the main operators including Vodafone, Three, O2 and Meteor (Eir). His expertise in managing relationships with site owners, their representatives, Local Authorities and third-party vendors has been integral in his successful completion of several land acquisitions at Lightsource.

Global Leadership

Nick Boyle

Group CEO

In 2010, Nick founded Lightsource Renewable Energy, then just a six-person start-up, which quickly grew over 5 years to become Europe’s largest solar developer and operator and a recognised global leader. In his role as Group CEO, Nick’s dynamic leadership and vision has driven the company to tremendous success and in December 2017, Lightsource announced a strategic partnership with BP which has committed aggressively to accelerate the low carbon transition. The company has rebranded to Lightsource BP in affirmation of this powerhouse commitment which is set to shape the future of global energy delivery. Nick previously sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service companies. Throughout his career, Nick has always been recognised for his entrepreneurial skill and success in pairing retail financial products with low-risk, predictable investments.

Paul McCartie

Group CIO

Paul co-founded the company in 2010 and is based in the London office. His responsibilities include debt and equity fundraising for all solar asset developments, project investment structuring and M&A. He is a member of Lightsource’s Investment Committee and a Board Director. During his tenure at Lightsource, Paul has raised over £1.6bn of project financing and led the recent Blackrock equity transaction in the UK. Prior to co-founding the company, he spent six years in the power finance team at Investec Bank and was involved in equity and debt transactions in the energy, renewable and industrial sectors. Prior to Investec, Paul was Assistant Director of project finance at Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, an independent power project developer based in London. Paul holds a degree in Engineering from Birmingham University.

Kareen Boutonnat

Group COO

Kareen is responsible for all operational and project execution at Lightsource globally. She has led the development and management of Lightsource’s expanding portfolio, successfully reaching significant milestones including the first company to reach 1GW installed capacity in the UK and securing the company’s position as the leading solar developer in Europe. Prior to Lightsource, Kareen worked for solar EPC company, Solar Century, and a number of successful US technology businesses including WebMethods and Sonic Software.

James Brooks

Group CSO

James joined the company in 2016 and is based in the London office. His responsibilities include leading Lightsource’s corporate development, equity fundraising, and overall oversight of international operations. James is a member of Lightsource’s Investment Committee and a Board Director. James has 17 years of professional experience and has been investing in India and infrastructure-related markets since 2005. Prior to joining Lightsource, James had an impressive career in private equity, spanning 13 years, with energy investment leadership roles at Advent International, First Reserve and most recently as co-head of Energy Investment in EMEA for Goldman Sachs MBD (formerly PIA). Relevant to this opportunity, James was a senior founding member of two new mid-market funds; Advent International’s Yen60bn Japan Fund, their first Asian fund, and $500million First Reserve Momentum Fund, both of which had successful fundraisings in a compressed timetable. Prior infrastructure-related directorships include Northgate, Ceona, DOF Subsea and Aircom International with additional deal team or investment committee participation in broader list of investments. James received his Masters and BA degree in Physics from Merton College, University of Oxford.

Randal Barker

Group General Counsel

Randal Barker is General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee of Lightsource BP based in London. Randal previously held senior legal and commercial positions with BHP Billiton in London and Australia. Earlier in his career, Randal worked in law firms in Vancouver (Norton Rose Fulbright), Tokyo (Anderson Mori) and London (Hogan Lovells) as an M&A and capital markets lawyer. He also worked in-house as the General Counsel of a GE Capital business in Europe and as the General Counsel and Company Secretary of two FTSE100 companies headquartered in London (Resolution plc and ENRC PLC). Randal is a member of the GC100 (The Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE100) and was on the Executive Committee of that organisation for many years. Randal is an alumnus of Harvard, the McGill University Faculty of Law, and INSEAD, and is admitted to practice law in the UK, Canada, the USA and Australia.

Carol Borg

Group CFO

Carol is an internationally experienced Chief Financial Officer with experience spanning across natural resources and renewable energy. Prior to joining Lightsource BP, Carol held various senior financial positions at Vestas Wind Systems (a global leader in wind energy) based in Australia, Denmark and Spain. During this time Carol supported a 10bnEUR turnover as a Regional Chief Finance Officer, leading over 80 finance professionals supporting the Southern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America region. Carol was responsible for financial management of the entire value chain including sales, manufacturing, construction and after sales service, including the penetration and entry of new markets. Carol holds a degree in Business (Accounting) from Victoria University in Australia, and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Global Leadership Team

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90 combined years of management experience in financial and solar industries.

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Solar projects delivered in 15 countries worldwide

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Approximately £2.5 billion deployed into solar assets with world class, award winning financing

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Proven management and value creation for investor track-record in UK and North American markets

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Extensive in-house experience in M&A across the infrastructure and energy sectors

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Track record of raising debt in both the banking and institutional markets

Work for us

We believe a company works best when you hire good people and give them room to flourish. Hiring the best talent is key to our high-volume execution and helps us to attract and retain further talent as well as best-in-class capital.