Our team

Nigel Cornwall

Nigel Cornwall has had an independent energy consultancy business since 1994 and is the founder and managing director of Pixie Energy. He has extensive experience of energy restructuring in the UK and internationally in both the public and private sectors, especially governance related aspects. As a civil servant, he was actively involved in the initial electricity vesting process in the UK and oversaw the establishment of National Grid. Nigel specialises in issues connected with market design, including the role of network operators and market operations in deregulated markets.

As founder of Pixie Energy, Nigel established the company to progress local energy market ideas and initiatives, with the initial focus being the East Anglian Energy Market Innovation Project.


Craig Lowrey

Craig has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK and European energy markets. This includes roles as Head of Energy Market Research at EIC and Chief Market Analyst for Heren Energy (now ICIS Heren). He served as Position Manager for the gas trading operations of TXU Europe Energy, joining the company in 1997 after completing his PhD at Brunel University on the economics of electricity privatisation and regulation in the UK.

Craig brings to Pixie his knowledge and extensive experience of public sector procurement and the specific requirements for organisations required to comply with these. As a Senior Consultant at Cornwall Insight, Craig is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Pixie Energy project within Cornwall.


Nigel Hargreaves

Nigel Hargreaves is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ practical and academic research experience in energy systems, smart grids, sustainability and climate change impacts. He is a professional member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and is a thought leader in future energy systems. Nigel has managed technical teams and field based practices overseas in development, technical support and marketing contexts. He is currently an Associate of Pixie Energy.

Nigel provides technical and business development support to Pixie Energy’s East Anglian Energy Market Innovation Project, and Chairs Norwich Community Solar. His knowledge has a foundation that draws from working at the National Grid electricity transmission control centre, the Energy Systems Catapult, Brunel University and the University of East Anglia.


Ben Hardie

Ben’s role at Pixie Energy is to look in to other innovative energy projects around the world to build a detailed knowledge hub that Pixie and its stakeholders can utilise. He also looks for relevant funding streams in the UK that could help local ongoing energy related projects, and is responsible for managing Pixie’s social media pages.

Prior to working at Pixie Energy Ben completed a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance at University of East Anglia. Ben has been previously employed as a researcher with the probate genealogy firm Anglia Research. He has also held internships in the East of England European Partnership and in the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.


Neil Mearns

Neil’s role involves developing Pixie Energy’s East Anglian Energy Market Innovation Project through the creation of a detailed local energy map of the participating project counties. Neil’s mapping priorities include generation assets, demand-side initiatives and network infrastructure. Neil also leads on creating and updating content on the Pixie Energy website.

Prior to working at Pixie Energy Neil studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh and Marine Science at Heriot-Watt University. Neil has had previous analytical roles in energy and renewables, including work on delivering a Marine Licence for a wave energy company in 2016.


Tom Andrews

Tom grew up in north east Surrey before moving to Norwich to study at UEA, gaining a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Medieval History. He came to Cornwall Insight in December 2016 after nine years in financial services, where he was a regulated financial adviser overseeing process development and regulatory compliance.

At Cornwall Insight, Tom is the New Markets Analyst, researching new areas of interest to the company and building insight into future developments to technology and markets. He is working with Pixie Energy to deploy his regulatory knowledge and learn by doing in smart and community energy projects.

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