Company Directors

David Townsend
Founder & MD
David is a British/American renewable energy entrepreneur based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a geology graduate, he had no success obtaining a graduate job in either the geothermal or carbon capture and storage industries, but saw a way in by starting a geothermal energy consultancy, Town Rock Energy.
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David has won several business start-up competitions, including SIE’s 2013 Young Innovators Challenge, the 2014 Young EDGE and the 2014 round of ECCI’s Ideas Lab. Most recently he won the **Entrepreneur of the Year** award at Entrepreneurial Sparks Entrepreneuring Awards in Glasgow on the 9th of January 2015, and has been finalist in three categories at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in 2015 and 2016. David is also a founding member of Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group, which aims to catalyse youth leadership in Scotland’s transition into a low-carbon society, where he mentors fellow sustainability entrepreneurs.

If you want to catch David in his element, he Chairs the UK Deep Geothermal Symposium in the Geological Society in Piccadilly, London, for one day in October every year.
Phil Townsend
Chief Associate and Director
Phil worked in the global oil and gas exploration and production business for over 30 years, mostly with one of the oil majors. He has a background in exploration geology and notes wryly that whilst finding hot water was never the intent he has quite a track record of success! Phil held significant leadership roles in the oil and gas industry
Show More and brings expertise in managing uncertainty and risk, project management and opportunity evaluation. Phil has had a long term interest in renewables and climate change. He has invested in energy efficiency, biomass, solar PV and an electric vehicle to reduce the family’s impact on the environment and walk the talk. He believes that the many small actions of the many are a powerful force for change in seeking a more sustainable relationship between the human race and the Earth. Acting as an adviser and technical expert for Town Rock Energy is another step in the right direction.
Claire MacLeod
Legal Associate and non-executive Director
Claire is a lawyer of over 30 years standing. She was a co-founder and legal director of the innovative oil and gas energy services company ADIL for 10 years, until that company was purchased by Schlumberger in 2016. She has always brought a strong commercial
Show More approach to the legal aspects of energy law and is now advising TownRock Energy on corporate and contractual matters at this early critical stage in the Company's development. Claire is enthusiastic about advising another young and innovative company and in particular helping it realise its significant growth potential within the greener side of energy.
John Naismith
Reservoir Engineering Associate & Director
John has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, ranging from majors like Shell to local Edinburgh operator Melrose, where he held a senior technical management role. In Melrose, he worked with a small core of senior staff and a majority of young graduates who,
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Increasingly concerned about climate change, John has sought to take some personal actions. He led an operator study to develop a Carbon Capture and Storage project in the Central North Sea, installed solar water heating at his home in Edinburgh, and broadened his knowledge into geothermal reservoir engineering.

John runs his own consultancy, Blackford Energy, which is increasingly applying his oil and gas expertise into geothermal reservoir engineering. John is delighted to be working with Town Rock Energy (TRE) to mature renewable heat projects in Scotland, and mentoring TRE’s younger staff. Meanwhile visits to his daughter in Bogota provide an opportunity to lend support to geothermal prospects in Colombia and Ecuador and extend TRE’s connections internationally. When not thinking about how to keep people warmer, he loves to go ski touring in the Scottish hills.

Company Associates

Stan Johnston
Engineering Associate
Stan is a Chartered Engineer with 20+ years’ experience designing community renewable energy projects. Stan has been involved in many firsts in Scottish sustainable development:
- First geothermal community energy residential development
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Stan has also won many awards for his work in this field, including Civic Trust awards and Y2K Homes award. Other projects notable for their sustainability aspects include a self-heating textiles factory with rainwater harvesting and office developments incorporating passive technologies and natural / solar ventilation systems.

Most importantly, Stan is the engineering brain behind the two existing Scottish mine-water geothermal district heating schemes in Shettleston and Lumphinnans. He is currently pursuing investment for large-scale commercialisation of his latest project, a river-side hydroelectric turbine. Alongside this he is maintaining his interests in geothermal district heating by advising Town Rock Energy.
Angelique Robb
Drilling Associate
Angelique first became interested in geothermal energy when building her own eco-home in Aberdeen. She is an experienced drilling engineer that has worked in the industry for 20+ years for various sizes of companies (Amoco then BP Amoco, Shell, and more recently with AGR)
Show More doing project work, operations, and teaching in various projects. Other experience includes planning and operational experience in specialised areas (Thru-Tubing Rotary Drilling and High Pressure High Temperature Drilling) focusing on land drilling in Texas and Louisiana, USA, offshore platform drilling in North Sea and Gulf of Mexico and deep water drilling in Gulf of Mexico and planning experience in USA, North Sea, Malaysia and Africa.
Steve Cuddy
Petrophysics Associate
Steve is a highly sought after petrophysicist who has had a long and prosperous career in the oil and gas industry. He has worked extensively for Shlumberger, BP and Baker Hughes and is also director of a small consultancy Petro-Innovations Ltd. His areas of expertise include
Show More the quality control and repair of wireline and LWD electrical logs, saturation-height (FOIL) modelling, electro-facies modelling (Fuzzy Logic) and permeability prediction. He enjoys new and challenging geological energy projects and is excited to apply his knowledge and experience to the prospecting of deep aquifers for geothermal energy.
Jonathan Bellarby
Geothermal Well Design Associate
Jonathan has over 25 years of technical experience with the emphasis on well and completion design – initially associated with oil and gas production. Jonathan also started up his own Renewable Energy company, focussing on groundloop heatpump consulting and installation – ICE Energy.
Show MoreThe combination of oilfield and heatpump modelling and installation experience provides the technical background and insight into heat transfer and associated completion designs for geothermal and heat pump wells – both shallow and deep. Jonathan is passionate about promoting low carbon energy and also consults and teaches in activities such as deep geothermal wells for electricity power generation and carbon capture and storage well design.
Richard Bates
Geophysics Associate
Richard is an applied geophysicist with a very extensive and wide array of projects in his portfolio. He specialises in the application of high resolution geophysical survey techniques for near surface investigations and the use of geophysics in a multi-disciplinary team approach to environmental problem solving.
Show More His main focus is in the field of near surface, high resolution terrestrial geophysics which include, but are certainly not limited to, groundwater investigations, climate change impact and the evaluation of near surface bedrock and sediments for both closed and open loop ground source heat pump systems. He has a particular interest in the utilisation of geological structures for the storage of energy which he predicts will have an important role to play in the future renewable energy mix. The wide array of geophysical tools he is so familiar applying is invaluable to understanding the energy potential of shallow geothermal resources as well as the feasibility of geological storage sites.

Company Employees

Victoria MacKay
Project Hydrogeologist
Having spent several years working as a civil servant, Victoria embarked on a career change to pursue a developing interest in environmental issues with a focus on renewable energy. Having completed her BSc (Hons) in Earth Science, she went on to complete her MSc in Hydrogeology
Show Moreat the University of Strathclyde where she gained an appreciation of issues around water scarcity exacerbated by global population growth and climate change. She is excited to utilise and develop her knowledge and experience with Town Rock Energy and looks forward to contributing to the geothermal energy revolution by helping establish it in the UK as a low-carbon, sustainable energy resource.
Maciej Wróblewski
IT Consultant
Maciej has a keen interest in technology and has been expanding his horizons ever since he got his first computer. He has contributed extensively to various online projects in which he was responsible for traffic generation and analysis, website optimization and scaling sales processes.
Show More Recently he graduated with Business Management from the University of Warsaw, where he completed his master’s thesis on the e-commerce market and online advertising. Currently he’s responsible for business development in a Polish telecommunications company, as well as contributing website maintenance and consultancy services to Town Rock Energy.

Maciej is excited about being part of the renewable energy revolution.

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