Meet The Team | Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo)

Who we are at BHESCo

BHESCo stands for Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative. 

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise who work with property owners and renters in Sussex and the South East, enabling them to take control over their energy supply and reduce the environmental impact of their buildings.

Based in Brighton and Hove, we have delivered many successful community energy projects throughout Sussex and our reach is growing.

We have the expertise and the ambition to scale our social enterprise business model throughout England. We hope to be considered as an archetype of how heat and power needs can be met sustainably, affordably, and democratically.

Partnering with BHESCo to improve homes on your street

BHESCo have been helping households in Brighton and Hove to improve the energy performance of their homes since 2014. 

We are a trusted partner with Brighton and Hove City Council and have worked together on a number of energy efficiency and cold homes campaigns such as the Warmth For Wellbeing Programme and the Healthy Homes, Healthy Lives Programme. 

BHESCo is a not-for-profit energy co-operative which is owned by our members, and we are independent from any energy company or technology installer. For this reason, BHESCo remains entirely accountable to the communities we serve, providing an expert, impartial service operating solely for the benefit of local residents. 

Funding for this programme has been provided by the Greater South East Energy Hub, which is why we are able to offer our services for free to the Four Streets Neighbourhood

BHESCo's Mission

Our mission is to empower everyone in England to meet the cost of their energy needs with efficient buildings and clean, affordable, community-owned energy.

BHESCo's Vision

We will become leaders of the community energy sector, recognised for the depth of our knowledge, excellence in project delivery and strength of our community relationships.

What we've achieved so far

59 community energy projects completed

£1.5m investment raised

2,000+ energy saving surveys conducted

400+ shareholder members

BHESCo Executive Team

Kayla Ente MBE
Founder & CEO

BHESCo’s founder and CEO, started her career with Deloitte & Touche, later moving to Ernst & Young in Amsterdam. She has worked for Greenpeace International and Ecofys, a pioneering renewable energy engineering consultancy. She started developing renewable energy projects in 2000 for Nuon, a Dutch energy supplier. She won the Nuon Sustainability prize for her idea to lease renewable energy systems using a Pay as You Save model. She is a qualified accountant and MBA, bringing a wealth of experience to the team. Kayla is also a director of Retrofit Works, and was awarded an MBE in 2021 for her services to community energy efficiency

Mark Kenber
Chairman & Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director. Mark was previously CEO of Mongoose Energy – a company which provided asset management, project development and finance services to the community energy sector. Prior to joining Mongoose, Mark had been with international climate change NGO The Climate Group for nearly 12 years, latterly as CEO. During his time with the organisation he oversaw the launch of the Verified Carbon Standard, We Mean Business coalition and RE100 campaign and was an expert advisor to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock

Diane Smith
Operations Director

Director of Operations, has been a finance professional for more than 25 years. After running treasury operations for The Economist Newspaper in London, she moved to the Netherlands to set up Nike’s European foreign exchange risk management programme and then to Belgium to lead operational support teams and IT. project managers at BNY Mellon (a US investments company). She has been working in the renewable energy sector since 2014

Garry Felgate
Non-Executive Director

Garry has a strongbusiness and policy background in energy, environment and sustainability, built in corporate organisations (IBM, Landmark Graphics) and leading consultancies (KPMG, A. T. Kearney). He was formally CEO of the Energy Retail Association. Nowadays he supports start-ups operating in the clean energy sector, supports the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on their Energy Entrepreneurs Fund programme, Innovate UK and several advisory groups.

Rachel Espinosa
Food Waste to Energy Director

Energy from Waste Director, is an expert in waste management operations, strategic planning & development. She has worked in the waste industry for more than 20 years as a waste services manager and consultant and is partner of Re-consult LLP. She is a Centre Councillor for the London and South Counties Centre of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Paul Beckett
Non-Executive Director

Paul is co-owner and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy Phlorum, which he set up with a colleague in 2003. Before then he cut his teeth in environmental consultancy at WSP and RPS. As a consultant, he has completed environmental impact assessment work on a very broad range of projects, from housing developments to energy production, warehousing, sewage treatment, various industrial processes and transportation infrastructure schemes