The team

The Octopus Renewable team is co-led by Matt Setchell and Alex Brierley. They are supported by an experienced senior management team who lead the Transactions, Energy Markets, Asset Management, Fund Management and Business Operations teams.

Having originated, invested and managed assets in the renewable energy sector since 2010 our energy investment and asset management team of c.70 professionals is one of the largest and most experienced in Europe. The team is structured for scale and long-term ownership of energy assets.

Matt Setchell

Matt Setchell

Co-head of Octopus Renewables
Matt is Co-head of Octopus Renewables, a team that he started nine years ago and has built to 70 people with over £3 billion of energy assets under management. During this time, Matt led Octopus’s investment into Lightsource Renewable Energy (now Lightsource BP) and oversaw the growth of that business from start up to exit. He also led the team’s expansion strategy from an initial focus on UK solar PV into on-shore wind and other renewable energy assets across Europe and Australia. Matt is Chairman of Octopus Renewables investment committee and member of Octopus Investment’s Executive Committee. 
Prior to Octopus, Matt was an investment manager at Shore Capital and a manager at PwC. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and an Economics degree from Bristol University.
Alex Brierley

Alex Brierley

Co-head of Octopus Renewables
Alex joined Octopus in 2015 as the Co-head of Octopus Renewables to help develop our energy strategy, originate and structure investments in new areas and to widen our investor relationships. Alex manages Octopus Renewable’s private institutional funds which serve a number of large pension and insurance company investors.  
Prior to joining Octopus, Alex was Director in the Energy and Environmental Infrastructure team at EY LLP where he provided a wide range of corporate and project finance services to leading players in the Renewable Energy industry.  Alex is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, qualifying in 2003.
Chris Gaydon

Chris Gaydon

Investment Director
Chris joined Octopus Renewables as an investment director in 2015. He is a long-standing member of the Octopus Renewables investment committee and a director of several Octopus Renewables wind and solar special purpose vehicles . Chris originated and led one of the largest wind farm portfolio acquisitions in the UK valued at c.£320 million. He now focuses on the originating acquisition opportunities and fundraising, as well as looking for strategic investments in related sectors.

Prior to joining Octopus, Chris worked in business development at Falck Renewables where he had a range of roles, including in M&A and leading greenfield development in France and Poland. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Sydney.
Laura  Halstead

Laura Halstead

Fund Management and Business Operations Director
Laura leads a team providing fund management services for our renewable investments (including reporting, valuations, investor relations, process and risk management). She also identifies and manages a portfolio of business improvement projects, including leading on the implementation of ESG and impact initiatives.  A key success was leading the operational workstreams to successfully IPO the Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Fund (ORIT) on the LSE main market on 10th Dec 2019 enabling a raise of £350m.

Before joining Octopus, Laura held positions at MSCAdvisory, Serpentine Galleries and Deloitte LLP where she spent 11 years in consulting specialising in  business  transformation,  programme  management,  change  management and business planning.  
Laura holds a first-class degree in Economics (BSc) from Nottingham University.
Sam  Goss

Sam Goss

Transaction Team Director
Sam co-heads the transaction team within Octopus Renewables and is a long-standing member of the Octopus Renewables investment committee. Since joining Octopus in 2014, he has driven various new business areas, including the entry strategy and first transaction in the Nordics. Sam has also carved out and headed the project finance team and has driven investment platform initiatives in energy efficiency, metering, battery storage and PPAs.

Prior to joining Octopus, Sam was an Investment Director at Platina Partners, responsible for investing in pan-European wind power and corporate turnaround transactions. Before that he worked as an investor in  high-growth small business in Latin America and China.
He also worked at European Capital where he was responsible for investing in mid-market buyouts and mezzanine debt. Sam holds a BSc in Geography with Economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Peter  Dias

Peter Dias

Transaction Team Director
Peter is co-head of the transaction team within Octopus Renewables and is responsible for new investments, asset sales and project finance. Peter joined Octopus in 2014 and has since led £1 billion of renewable investments and project financings, including the first Octopus Renewables investment in onshore wind in 2015. He is a director for Octopus Renewables-managed  wind projects managed by Octopus Renewables in the UK and France and sits on the investment committee for Octopus Australia.

Peter worked in M&A and project finance for International Power/GDF Suez before joining Octopus. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has an Economics degree from Manchester University.
Thomas  Rosser

Thomas Rosser

Head of Asset Management
Tom leads the asset management team within Octopus Renewables. Tom has spent the last five years managing the Octopus Renewbales asset portfolio,  working across all aspects of asset management including contract management, strategic decision making, operational issue management, directorship services, construction management and optimisation projects.

Before joining Octopus, Tom worked as a manager at Deloitte LLP,primarily specialising in the investment management and private equity industries. Tom has an undergraduate Master’s degree in Physics from Warwick University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant

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