|Steve’s career has
the cutting-edge of international energy infrastructure and
environmental finance for more than twenty years. His career is built
on knowledge of professional engineering, finance and energy markets,
is particularly interested in green technologies, whilst having also
engineered and financed nuclear, coal and gas-fired
- leadership roles as CEO
- corporate strategy and change implementation
- IPP project and commercial management
- project finance, M&A and equity
2009 he has been Managing Director of Bainton Capital Partners a
boutique advisory business that works with green energy businesses (eg
wind, biomass, waste gasification, solar and micro-hydro) to help them
to structure and grow. Steve has also led the structuring and
financing of a new community investment vehicle in the shape of the Low
Carbon Hub IPS.
In 1999 Steve founded CantorCO2e LLC, and led
it to become the world’s largest and oldest emissions broker and a
global enterprise covering five continents and with a valuation of $200
million when he exited in 2008. At CantorCO2e, he led and
structured many of the “world’s first” carbon transactions.
took a leading role in the design of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
and the three most successful standards in the global carbon market
(Gold Standard, VCS and Social Carbon Standard).
CantorCO2e, Steve developed, negotiated and closed forward sales
contracts for some £5bn of UK renewable energy, underpinning the AIM
listing of KP Renewables in 2005, becoming a non-executive director.
1997 he joined PwC Sydney, first as Associate Director, becoming
Partner. As corporate finance Partner of PwC Australia, he
established them as a leading power infrastructure project finance and
M&A adviser in the region in competition with Macquarie Bank
others, delivering four times target earnings to the partnership.
that he established a consultancy in Cuba, advising the Havana Property
Company Limited on the electricity infrastructure requirements
necessary to supply property investments in old Havana, Cuba.
career in energy began at the CEGB in 1985 as a graduate trainee,
becoming a chartered engineer, and progressing to Business Planning
Engineer in National Power’s Design & Construction Division
and after the privatisation of the UK generation industry. He
designed the new divisional structure and managed an IT project to
design the system requirements for management, control and reporting of
power plant developments– before moving into Corporate Planning as an
He then spent three years in China, first as Project
Manager and then Commercial Manager, dealing with the commercial
security of National Power’s forward revenue stream from China, Taiwan
and South Korea (forecast at $100m pa) and dealing with investment
policy, tailored security structures, and screening and evaluation of
investment opportunities. He also led commercial negotiations
nearly 3GW of installed capacity, including the financing of the
Before leaving National Power in 1996, he led
the restructuring of its UK generation portfolio post-privatisation,
creating strategic opportunity in the world’s first power trading pool
and helping to reduce headcount from 17,000 to 3,000 over three years
in the early nineties.
He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and a Diploma in