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.


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.

Tom leads the Pixie Energy team, researching new areas of interest to the company, building insight into future developments to technology and markets, utilising his regulatory knowledge and his knowledge of smart and community energy projects.


Dan Starman

Dan’s primary focus is on local electricity generation and supply models, and leads our local supply projects. Dan also has experience in consultancy work, including advising new entrant suppliers on the costs of establishing a supply business and networks cost forecasts.

Dan studied at the University of East Anglia where he completed a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development.


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.


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.


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, and writing and editing articles for the new forward-looking publication Energy:2030.

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.


Stuart Leaver

Stuart joined the Pixie team in February 2018 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in environmental Earth Sciences at UEA and a Master’s degree in Geoscience at UCL. He is involved with local supply resources and community energy projects, providing technical capabilities to support the Pixie team.

Currently, Stuart is responsible for contributing to several publications, producing the Quarterly and Monthly Feed-in Tariff Reports outlining the forecasted levelisation for suppliers; writing for Energy:2030; as well as supporting on consultancy projects and Pixie’s mapping work.


Chris Friedler

Chris is originally from Hampshire, and moved to Norwich to start his degree in Environmental Geography and Climate Change, followed by an MSc in Climate Change, both at UEA. He has also worked with the Committee on Climate Change, as well as setting up his own climate change non-profit organisation.

With a strong interest in climate change mitigation and low-carbon technologies, Chris came to Pixie Energy in April 2018. Within Pixie, Chris is specialising in analysing EVs and new heating technologies. He also contributes to publications Local Energy Matters and Energy:2030.

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