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About us

Our Team

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Erica Charles

Managing Director

Erica started Spirit at the end of 2009, having become increasingly excited about the benefits that renewable energy can bring both in meeting our energy needs and in reducing CO2 emissions. She has a degree in Maths (1990) and a masters in Applied Maths and Scientific Computing (2007), both from Oxford University. During her masters, she investigated mathematical solutions to using fixed mirrors to maximise the concentration of the sun’s rays on solar panels. Erica has a longstanding interest in green issues, running a Low Carbon Day in 2010, supported by over 1600 schools. She has previously worked on the trading floor of NatWest Markets and in Corporate Finance at Deloitte and Touche.

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Ian Charles

Director

Ian Charles qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Medicine from Barts Medical College (1986). He has run businesses since the age of 25, ranging from a car spares business to Primrose, which he built into the UK's largest online garden retailer. He oversees the finance at Spirit Solar Ltd.

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Vishal Giga

Operations Director

Vishal joined Spirit in Jan 2010. He holds a first class degree in Architectural Technology and Design. His extensive knowledge of building construction, technical design and computer aided design techniques has enabled him to understand and tackle every type of project. He has himself managed over 250 installations, from domestic PV to large non-domestic PV, battery storage, LED lighting and EV chargers. He has excellent technical knowledge and a talent for finding his way around whatever problem we throw at him.

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Will Dragonetti

Head of Sales and Marketing

At Spirit, we don’t believe in pushy salesmen. We employ well-trained and knowledgeable technicians who know our products, are up to date with the regulations and can carry out technical calculations. Will prepared an awful lot of quotes and shading analysis before he was let loose and sent out to talk to potential customers about our systems and advise on the right system for their home or business.

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Justin Parsons

Head of Installations

Justin joined Spirit in 2010 and now heads up our installation team. A qualified electrician, he has installed and commissioned LED lighting systems, emergency lighting systems, electric vehicle chargers, battery systems and PV systems ranging from small domestic systems to large commercial systems.

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Lydia Kartono

Project Manager

Lydia joined Spirit in 2014 as an assistant project manager. The role quickly grew to cover all aspects of project management. She now manages residential installations and product purchasing.

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Mark Golding

Technical Sales

Mark is our in-house LED and residential solar expert.

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Henry Day

Technical Analyst

Henry heads up our technical and estimating department.