About us

Our Team

Erica Charles

Erica Charles

Managing Director

Erica founded Spirit Energy in 2009, excited about the benefits that renewable energy can bring in meeting our energy needs and in improving sustainability. During her masters at Oxford University, she investigated mathematical solutions to using fixed mirrors to maximise concentration of the sun on solar panels. Erica has previously worked on the trading floor of NatWest Markets and in Corporate Finance at Deloitte and Touche.


Ian Charles


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, alongside offering valuable input and ideas to our other departments. There's never a dull moment when Ian's in the office!

Vishal Giga

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 managed hundreds of 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.

Mark Golding

Mark Golding

Head of Sales

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. Mark joined Spirit in 2016 and prepared an awful lot of quotes before stepping up to manage the sales team in 2021. A solar enthusiast, Mark had Spirit install in roof panels at his new house.


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.

Henry Day

Henry Day

Head of Technical and Estimating

Henry heads up our technical and estimating department, with expert knowledge always on hand to answer our tricky questions. Having completed a masters in Renewable Energy, he is dedicated to sustainable living, a proud advocate for low carbon transport and plant-based food.


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.


Harminder Ari


Harminder joined Spirit in 2019 and looks after our accounts and payroll. She’s always first on the case to chase an overdue invoice and keeps our finances in impeccable shape.


George Riley

Marketing Manager

George graduated with a degree in Mathematics and has since worked in marketing, joining Spirit in May 2019. Passionate about green issues, he keeps our website and blog up to date with the latest developments in renewable technology.


Caius Neale

Technical Sales

Caius earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University before joining Spirit in 2018 (with a small diversion to convert a van into an off-grid solar camper). Honing his expertise through creating numerous residential and commercial quotes, he has since become our in house EV charging specialist.


Stephanie Smith

Project Manager

Stephanie transitioned to renewable energy from the building perspective, having earned a degree in Architecture. She is passionate about living sustainably and ethically, and seeks to empower property owners to do so.


David Woon

Technical Engineer

David completed a distinguished academic run with masters degrees in Electronic Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering. Working in our technical department, he specialises in residential solar. As a fitness enthusiast, he inspires our team by competing in international tennis matches and training for Ironman events.


Peace Kokoricha

Project Manager

Peace bagged a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering after completing various international internships in the solar industry. Apart from being passionate about sustainability and energy efficiency, she is a fashion enthusiast who loves to spend her time away from work designing chic outfits that promote culture.


Jana Dokoupilova

Project Manager

Hailing from a family of engineers and property developers, Jana has always been passionate about sustainability and how it is incorporated into domestic homes during construction. Working within facilities management, she developed an understanding of the performance of utilities within buildings and the technologies which offer the greatest building performance.

Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton

Project Manager

Sarah graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Geology and Geography. The environmental and earth science modules sparked an interest in renewable energy, which led her to join Spirit. Outside work, Sarah enjoys exploring the countryside, horse riding and paddle boarding.


Megan Garner

Technical Sales

Megan graduated in 2020 with a degree in Mathematics and Meteorology. She is passionate about climate change and conservation, and in her spare time she runs half marathons for charity.

Sam Gilbert

Sam Gilbert

Technical Sales

Sam joined Spirit in 2022, with a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, passionate about working in the renewables industry. He is a keen badminton player and strategy game enthusiast.


Najey Rifai

Technical Sales

Graduating Chemistry in 2018, Najey moved between various jobs in a wide range of industries before settling in at Spirit. Outside of work, Najey is a keen crafter, hiker and forager.