Our team

We are an experienced, collaborative team that takes pride in being of the highest institutional quality while retaining our entrepreneurial culture.

Managing Partner

Sam Abboud

Sam is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 26 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Sam was a non-founding partner at Englefield Capital, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the investment strategy into the wind, energy and environment sectors. He also held private equity and finance roles at Morgan Stanley, Freeman Spogli, and Salomon Brothers. He is currently Chairman of YPO Greater London Chapter, Member of The Responsible Energy Forum and Member of the Advisory Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Managing Partner

Giuseppe Curatolo

Giuseppe Curatolo is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 24 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to joining Pioneer, Giuseppe held a variety of roles in growth capital and venture capital firms including Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and TLcom.

Giuseppe is a graduate of the Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Managing Partner

Rupert Shaw

Rupert is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 22 years’ private equity experience.

Before Pioneer, Rupert held roles at DLJ Merchant Banking, GMT Communications and DLJ Phoenix in both London and New York.

Rupert has a BA in History of Art and a Business Certificate in Marketing and Management from Duke University.

Managing Partner

Terrence Tehranian

Terrence is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 29 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Terrence was co-founder and Managing Partner of GMT Communications, where he sat on the investment committee overseeing 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. He has also held additional corporate finance and M&A roles at Baring Brothers, London and Hambrecht & Quist, Silicon Valley, United States.

Terrence was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an MPhil in Economics, and holds a BA in Development Economics from Princeton University.

Partner

Edoardo Luciani

Edoardo joined Pioneer in 2010 and is a Partner.

Prior to Pioneer, Edoardo worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he was a Senior Associate Consultant in the Melbourne and Milan offices. He also held roles at Accenture Business Consulting and the B2B online portal 1city.biz.

Edoardo graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Investment Professional

Miguel Arbizu

Miguel joined Pioneer in 2019 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Miguel worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup in Madrid, with specific focus on the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Miguel holds a BA in Business Administration and Law from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Investment Professional

Luca Boschetti

Luca joined Pioneer in 2020 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Luca worked in the M&A advisory team at Rothschild in Milan, with a specific focus in the energy and power sector.

Luca holds a MSc in Management Engineering, Finance stream from Politecnico di Milano and a BSc in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Torino.

Investment Professional

Francisca Calheiros de Azevedo

Francisca joined Pioneer in 2021 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Francisca was at ORIX, covering investments in the renewable energy space across multiple geographies. She also held roles at EDP Renewables, working in the M&A team at the Madrid office, and Deloitte, Lisbon.

Francisca holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc in Management from NOVA School of Business and Economics.

Fund Controller

Henry Catmur

Henry joined Pioneer in 2021 as Fund Controller.

Prior to Pioneer, Henry was Assistant Manager at Langham Hall, where he was responsible for overseeing the finance and operational activities of a number of private equity structures, including renewable energy and infrastructure. He has also held further roles at Saffery Champness LLP and Kreston Reeves LLP.

Henry holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Exeter and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

Investment Professional

Carmen Cheung

Carmen joined Pioneer in 2022 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Carmen was at Strategy& (part of the PwC network), where she was a Manager Consultant in the London office and focused on strategy and economic advisory in the utilities sector.

Carmen holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Office Manager

Wendy Greenbury

Wendy joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as Office Manager.

Prior to Pioneer, Wendy held roles in a variety of industries including the Royal College of Art.

Wendy has a BA in fashion textiles from Manchester College of Art.

Industry Advisor

Stephen Hodges

Stephen joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2020 and brings with him invaluable independent advice on technical matters and general project support.

Stephen is a recognised waste management and project expert, with a strong commercial orientation and focus on longer term viability of projects. He is Director of Haggai Project Services Ltd and, prior to this, was Director of Engineering at Viridor. He also holds various NED roles in clean energy technology companies.

Stephen holds a BSc in Engineering Geology, Geophysics and Structural Geology from Durham University.

Financial Controller

Florence Jawo

Florence joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as a consultant financial controller.

Florence is a qualified and licenced accountant with over 20 years’ experience in various sectors and businesses.

Florence is a Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Industry Advisor

Miriam Maes

Miriam joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with her significant experience and a prominent track record within the energy sector.

Miriam has worked for multinationals for over 35 years, including 15 years in the B2B energy and climate change space. She is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Energy Transition Forum and, prior to this, was an Advisor to the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change. Since January 2018, Miriam has been Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam and serves on various NED Boards in France, UK and the Netherlands.

Miriam is a graduate from Nyenrode Business University.

Investment Professional

Julius McGillivray

Julius joined Pioneer in 2018 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Julius spent fours years at Arup in their energy advisory team providing commercial advice to a range of clients including investors, utilities, national government and developers.

Julius graduated with First Class honours in Engineering from University College London.

Principal

Sebastian Miller

Seb joined Pioneer in 2014 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Seb spent four years at Oxford Capital Partners, where he worked on a number of renewable generation and energy efficiency investments.

Sebastian holds an MA in Economics & Management from Oxford University.

Administration

Neve Parry

Neve joined Pioneer in 2022 as receptionist and general admin support.

Neve has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Geopolitics and International Affairs from the University of Sussex.

Industry Advisor

Javier Perea

Javier joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of engineering, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of industrial plants and power generation plants in more than fifty countries.

Javier serves as President of Empresarios Agrupados and acts as President and CEO of Ghesa Engineering and Technology. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at Gamesa where he delivered over 30 GW of wind power globally. He has also assisted in M&A transactions involving over 4 GW of power output.

Javier holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Bilbao, Spain, and an MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems from Cranfield University in the UK.

Head of Investor Relations and ESG

Harriet Rae

Harriet joined Pioneer in 2020 and is Head of Investor Relations and ESG.

Prior to Pioneer, Harriet worked at Foresight Group where she was primarily responsible for managing the IR of the Infrastructure team’s bioenergy funds. She also worked as a capital markets advisor at communications firm h2glenfern.

Harriet has a BSc Degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

Andreas Schuler
Principal

Andreas Schuler

Andreas joined Pioneer in 2015 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Andreas worked in the investment banking division of Barclays, where he covered the natural resources sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Andreas holds an MSc in Accounting from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

Operations Manager

Louise Siwoku

Louise joined Pioneer as a consultant Operations Manager in 2019.

Prior to Pioneer, Louise held similar roles with Star Capital, Aerius Associates and Greenhill.

Louise has a diploma from Birkbeck College, University of London.

CFO

Subbash Thammanna

Subbash joined Pioneer in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in finance roles in the private equity sector, having worked across a variety of fund structures covering all aspects of finance and operations.

Before joining Pioneer, Subbash was Chief Financial Officer at Civitas Investment Management and has held senior finance positions at Henderson Park Capital, Harbert Management Corp, and AEW Europe, with responsibility over all financial, operational, and tax matters for their European funds.

Subbash holds a Masters in Engineering (MEng) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), qualifying with PwC.

Industry Advisor

Antonio Volpin

Antonio joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2022 and brings with him extensive experience in the renewable energy and natural gas sector.

Antonio has held the position as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, leading the Electric Power and Natural Gas practice in Asia and Australia from 2015 until 2022, and in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2008 until 2015. He is the author of several published papers about the energy industry. His key specialist areas include strategy, regulatory management, large-scale operational performance transformations and capital allocation, and has supported some of the leading and most innovative global energy companies.

Antonio is a graduate of the University of Padova and SDA Bocconi, School of Management.

Investor Relations and ESG Associate

Emma Young

Emma joined Pioneer in 2019 as receptionist and general admin support. In 2022 she moved onto the Investor Relations team as an associate, with a primary focus on implementing and improving the Firm's Sustainability and ESG programme.

Emma has an MA in Theology from the University of Edinburgh.

We are an experienced, collaborative team that takes pride in being of the highest institutional quality while retaining our entrepreneurial culture.

Managing Partner

Sam Abboud

Sam is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 26 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Sam was a non-founding partner at Englefield Capital, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the investment strategy into the wind, energy and environment sectors. He also held private equity and finance roles at Morgan Stanley, Freeman Spogli, and Salomon Brothers. He is currently Chairman of YPO Greater London Chapter and Member of the Advisory Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Managing Partner

Giuseppe Curatolo

Giuseppe Curatolo is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 24 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to joining Pioneer, Giuseppe held a variety of roles in growth capital and venture capital firms including Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and TLcom.

Giuseppe is a graduate of the Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Managing Partner

Rupert Shaw

Rupert is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 22 years’ private equity experience.

Before Pioneer, Rupert held roles at DLJ Merchant Banking, GMT Communications and DLJ Phoenix in both London and New York.

Rupert has a BA in History of Art and a Business Certificate in Marketing and Management from Duke University.

Managing Partner

Terrence Tehranian

Terrence is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 29 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Terrence was co-founder and Managing Partner of GMT Communications, where he sat on the investment committee overseeing 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. He has also held additional corporate finance and M&A roles at Baring Brothers, London and Hambrecht & Quist, Silicon Valley, United States.

Terrence was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an MPhil in Economics, and holds a BA in Development Economics from Princeton University.

Partner

Edoardo Luciani

Edoardo joined Pioneer in 2010 and is a Partner.

Prior to Pioneer, Edoardo worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he was a Senior Associate Consultant in the Melbourne and Milan offices. He also held roles at Accenture Business Consulting and the B2B online portal 1city.biz.

Edoardo graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Investment Professional

Miguel Arbizu

Miguel joined Pioneer in 2019 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Miguel worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup in Madrid, with specific focus on the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Miguel holds a BA in Business Administration and Law from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Investment Professional

Luca Boschetti

Luca joined Pioneer in 2020 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Luca worked in the M&A advisory team at Rothschild in Milan, with a specific focus in the energy and power sector.

Luca holds a MSc in Management Engineering, Finance stream from Politecnico di Milano and a BSc in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Torino.

Investment Professional

Francisca Calheiros de Azevedo

Francisca joined Pioneer in 2021 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Francisca was at ORIX, covering investments in the renewable energy space across multiple geographies. She also held roles at EDP Renewables, working in the M&A team at the Madrid office, and Deloitte, Lisbon.

Francisca holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc in Management from NOVA School of Business and Economics.

Fund Controller

Henry Catmur

Henry joined Pioneer in 2021 as Fund Controller.

Prior to Pioneer, Henry was Assistant Manager at Langham Hall, where he was responsible for overseeing the finance and operational activities of a number of private equity structures, including renewable energy and infrastructure. He has also held further roles at Saffery Champness LLP and Kreston Reeves LLP.

Henry holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Exeter and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

Investment Professional

Carmen Cheung

Carmen joined Pioneer in 2022 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Carmen was at Strategy& (part of the PwC network), where she was a Manager Consultant in the London office and focused on strategy and economic advisory in the utilities sector.

Carmen holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Office Manager

Wendy Greenbury

Wendy joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as Office Manager.

Prior to Pioneer, Wendy held roles in a variety of industries including the Royal College of Art.

Wendy has a BA in fashion textiles from Manchester College of Art.

Industry Advisor

Stephen Hodges

Stephen joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2020 and brings with him invaluable independent advice on technical matters and general project support.

Stephen is a recognised waste management and project expert, with a strong commercial orientation and focus on longer term viability of projects. He is Director of Haggai Project Services Ltd and, prior to this, was Director of Engineering at Viridor. He also holds various NED roles in clean energy technology companies.

Stephen holds a BSc in Engineering Geology, Geophysics and Structural Geology from Durham University.

Financial Controller

Florence Jawo

Florence joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as a consultant financial controller.

Florence is a qualified and licenced accountant with over 20 years’ experience in various sectors and businesses.

Florence is a Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Industry Advisor

Miriam Maes

Miriam joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with her significant experience and a prominent track record within the energy sector.

Miriam has worked for multinationals for over 35 years, including 15 years in the B2B energy and climate change space. She is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Energy Transition Forum and, prior to this, was an Advisor to the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change. Since January 2018, Miriam has been Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam and serves on various NED Boards in France, UK and the Netherlands.

Miriam is a graduate from Nyenrode Business University.

Investment Professional

Julius McGillivray

Julius joined Pioneer in 2018 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Julius spent fours years at Arup in their energy advisory team providing commercial advice to a numbers of clients including investors, utilities, national government and developers.

Julius graduated with First Class honours in Engineering from University College London.

Principal

Sebastian Miller

Seb joined Pioneer in 2014 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Seb spent four years at Oxford Capital Partners, where he worked on a number of renewable generation and energy efficiency investments.

Sebastian holds an MA in Economics & Management from Oxford University.

Administration

Neve Parry

Neve joined Pioneer in 2022 as receptionist and general admin support.

Neve has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Geopolitics and International Affairs from the University of Sussex.

Industry Advisor

Javier Perea

Javier joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of engineering, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of industrial plants and power generation plants in more than fifty countries.

Javier serves as President of Empresarios Agrupados and acts as President and CEO of Ghesa Engineering and Technology. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at Gamesa where he delivered over 30 GW of wind power globally. He has also assisted in M&A transactions involving over 4 GW of power output.

Javier holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Bilbao, Spain, and an MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems from Cranfield University in the UK.

Head of Investor Relations and ESG

Harriet Rae

Harriet joined Pioneer in 2020 and is Head of Investor Relations and ESG.

Prior to Pioneer, Harriet worked at Foresight Group where she was primarily responsible for managing the IR of the Infrastructure team’s bioenergy funds. She also worked as a capital markets advisor at communications firm h2glenfern.

Harriet has a BSc Degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

Andreas Schuler
Principal

Andreas Schuler

Andreas joined Pioneer in 2015 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Andreas worked in the investment banking division of Barclays, where he covered the natural resources sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Andreas holds an MSc in Accounting from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

Operations Manager

Louise Siwoku

Louise joined Pioneer as a consultant Operations Manager in 2019.

Prior to Pioneer, Louise held similar roles with Star Capital, Aerius Associates and Greenhill.

Louise has a diploma from Birkbeck College, University of London.

CFO

Subbash Thammanna

Subbash joined Pioneer in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in finance roles in the private equity sector, having worked across a variety of fund structures covering all aspects of finance and operations.

Before joining Pioneer, Subbash was Chief Financial Officer at Civitas Investment Management and has held senior finance positions at Henderson Park Capital, Harbert Management Corp, and AEW Europe, with responsibility over all financial, operational, and tax matters for their European funds.

Subbash holds a Masters in Engineering (MEng) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), qualifying with PwC.

Industry Advisor

Antonio Volpin

Antonio joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2022 and brings with him extensive experience in the renewable energy and natural gas sector.

Antonio has held the position as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, leading the Electric Power and Natural Gas practice in Asia and Australia from 2015 until 2022, and in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2008 until 2015. He is the author of several published papers about the energy industry. His key specialist areas include strategy, regulatory management, large-scale operational performance transformations and capital allocation, and has supported some of the leading and most innovative global energy companies.

Antonio is a graduate of the University of Padova and SDA Bocconi, School of Management.

Investor Relations and ESG Associate

Emma Young

Emma joined Pioneer in 2019 as receptionist and general admin support. In 2022 she moved onto the Investor Relations team as an associate, with a primary focus on implementing and improving the Firm's Sustainability and ESG programme.

Emma has an MA in Theology from the University of Edinburgh.

We are an experienced, collaborative team that takes pride in being of the highest institutional quality while retaining our entrepreneurial culture.

Managing Partner

Sam Abboud

Sam is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 26 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Sam was a non-founding partner at Englefield Capital, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the investment strategy into the wind, energy and environment sectors. He also held private equity and finance roles at Morgan Stanley, Freeman Spogli, and Salomon Brothers. He is currently Chairman of YPO Greater London Chapter and Member of the Advisory Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Managing Partner

Giuseppe Curatolo

Giuseppe Curatolo is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 24 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to joining Pioneer, Giuseppe held a variety of roles in growth capital and venture capital firms including Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and TLcom.

Giuseppe is a graduate of the Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Managing Partner

Rupert Shaw

Rupert is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 22 years’ private equity experience.

Before Pioneer, Rupert held roles at DLJ Merchant Banking, GMT Communications and DLJ Phoenix in both London and New York.

Rupert has a BA in History of Art and a Business Certificate in Marketing and Management from Duke University.

Managing Partner

Terrence Tehranian

Terrence is a founding partner of Pioneer and has 29 years’ private equity experience.

Prior to Pioneer, Terrence was co-founder and Managing Partner of GMT Communications, where he sat on the investment committee overseeing 24 portfolio investments in 18 countries. He has also held additional corporate finance and M&A roles at Baring Brothers, London and Hambrecht & Quist, Silicon Valley, United States.

Terrence was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he received an MPhil in Economics, and holds a BA in Development Economics from Princeton University.

Partner

Edoardo Luciani

Edoardo joined Pioneer in 2010 and is a Partner.

Prior to Pioneer, Edoardo worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he was a Senior Associate Consultant in the Melbourne and Milan offices. He also held roles at Accenture Business Consulting and the B2B online portal 1city.biz.

Edoardo graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Investment Professional

Miguel Arbizu

Miguel joined Pioneer in 2019 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Miguel worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup in Madrid, with specific focus on the infrastructure and energy sectors.

Miguel holds a BA in Business Administration and Law from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Investment Professional

Luca Boschetti

Luca joined Pioneer in 2020 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Luca worked in the M&A advisory team at Rothschild in Milan, with a specific focus in the energy and power sector.

Luca holds a MSc in Management Engineering, Finance stream from Politecnico di Milano and a BSc in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Torino.

Investment Professional

Francisca Calheiros de Azevedo

Francisca joined Pioneer in 2021 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Francisca was at ORIX, covering investments in the renewable energy space across multiple geographies. She also held roles at EDP Renewables, working in the M&A team at the Madrid office, and Deloitte, Lisbon.

Francisca holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School and a BSc in Management from NOVA School of Business and Economics.

Fund Controller

Henry Catmur

Henry joined Pioneer in 2021 as Fund Controller.

Prior to Pioneer, Henry was Assistant Manager at Langham Hall, where he was responsible for overseeing the finance and operational activities of a number of private equity structures, including renewable energy and infrastructure. He has also held further roles at Saffery Champness LLP and Kreston Reeves LLP.

Henry holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Exeter and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).

Investment Professional

Carmen Cheung

Carmen joined Pioneer in 2022 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Carmen was at Strategy& (part of the PwC network), where she was a Manager Consultant in the London office and focused on strategy and economic advisory in the utilities sector.

Carmen holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Office Manager

Wendy Greenbury

Wendy joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as Office Manager.

Prior to Pioneer, Wendy held roles in a variety of industries including the Royal College of Art.

Wendy has a BA in fashion textiles from Manchester College of Art.

Industry Advisor

Stephen Hodges

Stephen joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2020 and brings with him invaluable independent advice on technical matters and general project support.

Stephen is a recognised waste management and project expert, with a strong commercial orientation and focus on longer term viability of projects. He is Director of Haggai Project Services Ltd and, prior to this, was Director of Engineering at Viridor. He also holds various NED roles in clean energy technology companies.

Stephen holds a BSc in Engineering Geology, Geophysics and Structural Geology from Durham University.

Financial Controller

Florence Jawo

Florence joined Pioneer portfolio company Primrose Solar in 2014 and then joined Pioneer as a consultant financial controller.

Florence is a qualified and licenced accountant with over 20 years’ experience in various sectors and businesses.

Florence is a Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Industry Advisor

Miriam Maes

Miriam joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with her significant experience and a prominent track record within the energy sector.

Miriam has worked for multinationals for over 35 years, including 15 years in the B2B energy and climate change space. She is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Energy Transition Forum and, prior to this, was an Advisor to the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change. Since January 2018, Miriam has been Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam and serves on various NED Boards in France, UK and the Netherlands.

Miriam is a graduate from Nyenrode Business University.

Investment Professional

Julius McGillivray

Julius joined Pioneer in 2018 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Julius spent fours years at Arup in their energy advisory team providing commercial advice to a numbers of clients including investors, utilities, national government and developers.

Julius graduated with First Class honours in Engineering from University College London.

Principal

Sebastian Miller

Seb joined Pioneer in 2014 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Seb spent four years at Oxford Capital Partners, where he worked on a number of renewable generation and energy efficiency investments.

Sebastian holds an MA in Economics & Management from Oxford University.

Administration

Neve Parry

Neve joined Pioneer in 2022 as receptionist and general admin support.

Neve has a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Geopolitics and International Affairs from the University of Sussex.

Industry Advisor

Javier Perea

Javier joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of engineering, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of industrial plants and power generation plants in more than fifty countries.

Javier serves as President of Empresarios Agrupados and acts as President and CEO of Ghesa Engineering and Technology. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at Gamesa where he delivered over 30 GW of wind power globally. He has also assisted in M&A transactions involving over 4 GW of power output.

Javier holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Bilbao, Spain, and an MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems from Cranfield University in the UK.

Head of Investor Relations and ESG

Harriet Rae

Harriet joined Pioneer in 2020 and is Head of Investor Relations and ESG.

Prior to Pioneer, Harriet worked at Foresight Group where she was primarily responsible for managing the IR of the Infrastructure team’s bioenergy funds. She also worked as a capital markets advisor at communications firm h2glenfern.

Harriet has a BSc Degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

Andreas Schuler
Principal

Andreas Schuler

Andreas joined Pioneer in 2015 and is a member of the investment team.

Prior to Pioneer, Andreas worked in the investment banking division of Barclays, where he covered the natural resources sector across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Andreas holds an MSc in Accounting from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

Operations Manager

Louise Siwoku

Louise joined Pioneer as a consultant Operations Manager in 2019.

Prior to Pioneer, Louise held similar roles with Star Capital, Aerius Associates and Greenhill.

Louise has a diploma from Birkbeck College, University of London.

CFO

Subbash Thammanna

Subbash joined Pioneer in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in finance roles in the private equity sector, having worked across a variety of fund structures covering all aspects of finance and operations.

Before joining Pioneer, Subbash was Chief Financial Officer at Civitas Investment Management and has held senior finance positions at Henderson Park Capital, Harbert Management Corp, and AEW Europe, with responsibility over all financial, operational, and tax matters for their European funds.

Subbash holds a Masters in Engineering (MEng) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), qualifying with PwC.

Industry Advisor

Antonio Volpin

Antonio joined Pioneer as an Industry Advisor in 2022 and brings with him extensive experience in the renewable energy and natural gas sector.

Antonio has held the position as a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, leading the Electric Power and Natural Gas practice in Asia and Australia from 2015 until 2022, and in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2008 until 2015. He is the author of several published papers about the energy industry. His key specialist areas include strategy, regulatory management, large-scale operational performance transformations and capital allocation, and has supported some of the leading and most innovative global energy companies.

Antonio is a graduate of the University of Padova and SDA Bocconi, School of Management.

Investor Relations and ESG Associate

Emma Young

Emma joined Pioneer in 2019 as receptionist and general admin support. In 2022 she moved onto the Investor Relations team as an associate, with a primary focus on implementing and improving the Firm's Sustainability and ESG programme.

Emma has an MA in Theology from the University of Edinburgh.