Proven international leadership team

Drawing on decades of experience, our management team continue to push the boundaries of global solar development. By finding new ways to utilise cutting edge technologies alongside innovative financial structures, our people are paving the way for solar energy to fulfil its true potential.

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.

Meet the team

Nick Boyle


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


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


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

CSO and Head of International

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. 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). James received his Masters and BA degree in Physics from Merton College, University of Oxford.

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.