The Directors

The Board of Directors manages the ongoing community wind turbine business on behalf of the Members of HoTTWind@Longley Community Benefit Society. The Board has appointed Rachel Lee as Project Manager to manage  the operation of the wind turbine on a day-to-day basis.

The current Board Directors are:

  • Frances Bennett – Chair

  • John Queening – Vice-Chair

  • Mike Williams – Company Secretary

  • Paul Marshall

  • Bill Brown

  • Andrew Hogley – Co-opted Director

Directors serve a 3 year term and are elected in rotation at the Annual General Meetings (AGM).   Co-opted Directors are co-opted on a yearly basis by the Board.

Frances Bennett


Frances is a professional geologist and environmentalist with 40 years experience in the civils, mining and environmental sectors. She runs her own geotechnical and environmental consultancy business, Ashton Bennett Ltd offering advice to blue chip clients throughout the UK. With a strong interest in renewable energy, Frances also established Earthtest Energy in 1997, a company providing ground source heating and heat recovery systems.

Frances currently leads the HoTT Energy Group and is a Director and Chair of HoTTWind@Longley.

John Queening


John is a civil engineer and project manager with experience of renewable energy scheme development and their financials. He has project managed turnkey/design build contracts for multi-disciplinary power, water and waste schemes within the UK and overseas. For the last ten years, as Project Director for a local process contractor, he has been developing and delivering waste management and renewable energy infrastructure projects in the UK, including biomass and energy from waste (EfW) power plants.

John is a Director and Vice-Chair of HoTTWind@Longley.

Paul Marshall


Paul is a mechanical engineer with a career in pump system design, build and maintenance. He founded his own company, Marshall Pumps, to develop, manufacture and sell pump systems. Over the last 40 years, the company has developed into a significant supplier to the chemical and plastics industries both in the UK and overseas. With his interest in renewable energy, Paul has used his contacts and industrial experience in his work with HoTT in dealing with suppliers and M&E installations for renewable energy schemes.

Paul is a Director of HoTTWInd@Longley.

Bill Brown

BSc CEng FIMechE

Bill is a mechanical engineer with 37 years experience in the petrochemical industry. In his career he has covered project management and maintenance of process plants and utilities. This has included water supply, waste water and power systems associated with process plants. His recent experience includes the application and monitoring of systems for safety and environmental protection on process plants.

Bill is a Director of HoTTWind@Longley.

Mike Williams


Mike is a qualified management consultant with experience of securing funding for many projects. He has set up several ‘not for profit’ businesses and has provided strategic planning advice and management control systems for ‘not for profit’ organisations.

Mike is Treasurer of HoTT and is a Director and Company Secretary of HoTTWind@Longley.

Andrew Hogley


Andrew is a financial analyst and business manager.  He was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of British Wool in November 2020.   A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Andrew worked in the city as an equity research analyst for 16 years prior to joining British Wool in 2017.  Andrew lives in Holmfirth and, outside of work, rows for City of Sheffield and enjoys mountain biking with his family.

Andrew is a co-opted Director of HoTTWind@Longley.

Rachel Lee


Rachel is an electrical engineer with 25 years experience in the energy sector, covering large scale power projects to micro generation and energy efficiency as well as grid connections and renewable energy funding regimes such as ROCs and FiTs. Rachel also set up and ran Yorkshire Forward’s renewable energy support programme. She now runs her own renewable energy and sustainability consultancy business based in Holmfirth, and works on various renewable energy projects including wind turbines.

Rachel is Project Manager for the community wind turbine and adviser to the Board Directors of HoTTWind@Longley.