Meet our people

Meet our people talking about their experience and what inspires them in their daily work.

Finding home and adventure at Gren

District heating engineer Līga Benīte

“Since I started my career at Gren, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience that has fostered my professional growth. From an intern to a district heating engineer – each day at Gren has been a valuable and exciting journey!”

 

Līga Benīte took her first steps in Gren as an intern in 2017. She was a student passionate about engineering and energy industry and Gren seemed the right company to learn more and develop her skills.

 

Līga’s sincere interest and hard-working nature was noticed and appreciated by her colleagues. After the internship, Gren offered Liga a project assistant role that she could do in parallel with her undergraduate studies.

 

“That was my steppingstone. Being an assistant for an experienced project engineer gave me a lot of experience and deeper understanding of the whole process, e.g., how district heating system works, how customers are connected to the network, and what is the most important – how to improve heat energy supply to our customers. During this time, I also participated in the process of improving the map of Jelgava district heating network.”

 

From that project onwards, Liga was entrusted with different tasks that fostered her professional growth and Gren team became an integral part of her learning journey. In parallel with her master’s degree studies at the university,

 

Līga worked as a secretary at Gren’s biomass CHP plant in Jelgava, substituting a colleague on a maternity leave.

 

“In my opinion it was a very valuable experience. During this time, I learnt more about the work of other colleagues, got a deeper insight and better understanding about different processes and activities of other Gren companies, and even was involved in some cross-boarder projects.”

 

Today, Liga works as a district heating engineer. Her task is to implement LeanHeat Network program, which aims to optimize the district heating system of Jelgava city by modeling different situations in the network.

 

“My task is very important for our customers. I need to calculate and model how decreased network temperatures would impact our end-customers — it’s challenging, but it’s where improvements can be made.”

 

But it’s not just the technical aspects that Līga cherishes. It’s the heartwarming team spirit at Gren. Speaking about her favorite memories, Līga recalls: “Updating district heating network maps and schemes was special. I learned so much from the project engineer, starting from better understanding our customers’ needs to building network connections. All the way it felt like a teamwork in the truest sense.”

 

This sense of unity, of mutual respect and friendship, defines Līga’s experience at Gren. “We are more than colleagues; we are like a family. We help each other and brainstorm together, and there’s always someone to lend a hand or share a laugh. That’s the Gren team spirit.”

 

For those who would like to join Gren, Liga’s advice is simple: “Come with an open heart and a curious mind. Here, you won’t just learn about the energy industry; you’ll experience it on a global scale. Gren isn’t just a company; it’s a family that teaches and supports you on the way.”

“Since I started my career at Gren, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience that has fostered my professional growth. From an intern to a district heating engineer – each day at Gren has been a valuable and exciting journey!”

 

Līga Benīte took her first steps in Gren as an intern in 2017. She was a student passionate about engineering and energy industry and Gren seemed the right company to learn more and develop her skills.

 

Līga’s sincere interest and hard-working nature was noticed and appreciated by her colleagues. After the internship, Gren offered Liga a project assistant role that she could do in parallel with her undergraduate studies.

 

“That was my steppingstone. Being an assistant for an experienced project engineer gave me a lot of experience and deeper understanding of the whole process, e.g., how district heating system works, how customers are connected to the network, and what is the most important – how to improve heat energy supply to our customers. During this time, I also participated in the process of improving the map of Jelgava district heating network.”

 

From that project onwards, Liga was entrusted with different tasks that fostered her professional growth and Gren team became an integral part of her learning journey. In parallel with her master’s degree studies at the university,

 

Līga worked as a secretary at Gren’s biomass CHP plant in Jelgava, substituting a colleague on a maternity leave.

 

“In my opinion it was a very valuable experience. During this time, I learnt more about the work of other colleagues, got a deeper insight and better understanding about different processes and activities of other Gren companies, and even was involved in some cross-boarder projects.”

 

Today, Liga works as a district heating engineer. Her task is to implement LeanHeat Network program, which aims to optimize the district heating system of Jelgava city by modeling different situations in the network.

 

“My task is very important for our customers. I need to calculate and model how decreased network temperatures would impact our end-customers — it’s challenging, but it’s where improvements can be made.”

 

But it’s not just the technical aspects that Līga cherishes. It’s the heartwarming team spirit at Gren. Speaking about her favorite memories, Līga recalls: “Updating district heating network maps and schemes was special. I learned so much from the project engineer, starting from better understanding our customers’ needs to building network connections. All the way it felt like a teamwork in the truest sense.”

 

This sense of unity, of mutual respect and friendship, defines Līga’s experience at Gren. “We are more than colleagues; we are like a family. We help each other and brainstorm together, and there’s always someone to lend a hand or share a laugh. That’s the Gren team spirit.”

 

For those who would like to join Gren, Liga’s advice is simple: “Come with an open heart and a curious mind. Here, you won’t just learn about the energy industry; you’ll experience it on a global scale. Gren isn’t just a company; it’s a family that teaches and supports you on the way.”

Challenges, opportunities, and growth at Gren

Investment Management Director Sakari Imelainen

“I am motivated to start new projects and see where they lead. I hope this will continue so that we can witness the ongoing trend of growth at Gren.”

 

Sakari Imelainen completed his studies in technology at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, jokingly referring to it as the last millennium – in 1999. During his studies, he interned at Fortum and later joined the company as a business economics engineer. Initially, Sakari prepared and submitted monthly reports for the power plants in Finland, delving into the company’s financial perspectives. After two years, he transitioned fully into the finance sector, becoming the controller for the heat business unit.

 

“When Fortum made a strategic decision to expand into the Baltic and other foreign countries, I moved to the investment department to work as a project manager, developing new projects in Finland, the Baltic region, Poland, and Sweden. Project development included a wide range of duties, including financial modelling, assessing risks, forming strategies, and evaluating the financials of the projects. So, I was involved in projects from their development stage and later saw with my own eyes how current Gren power plants e.g. Klaipeda and Jelgava were being built.”

 

One of the most impressive projects in Sakari’s career was constructing the Klaipėda cogeneration power plant. “I participated in this project from the beginning; it was the first ‘waste to energy’ power plant in the Baltic countries. Thanks to Vitalijus and the team who worked hard to build this power plant. We all know that there are various opinions about waste utilization for energy. It’s a tremendous achievement that this factory appeared in Klaipėda, and for me, it’s a great feeling to be part of such a significant project,” Sakari recounts.

 

Sakari joined the Gren team in 2022 after over 20 years of work at Fortum the nature of the work were familiar to him, and the opportunity to work at Gren was too good to pass.

 

Initially, the management structure of Gren reminded him of a startup: many things were still evolving. “When I came to Gren, I found myself amid the development of the needed functions for successful growth. It was a pleasant challenge that I embraced with enthusiasm. When we started working, our team had three people; today, we have ten and more,” Sakari rejoices in the growing team.

 

Asked what sets Gren apart from other energy business companies, Sakari states that although there is significant competition in the growth projects and the company name is still relatively unknown, the most remarkable advantage of Gren is the ability to respond quickly to customer needs and provide a well-thought-out and wide range of solutions. “However, it is also a challenge because we need to understand our market, grasp our identity, and start offering solutions, professionalism, and experience that we have. It will be challenging and interesting   and we will succeed,” Sakari is confident.

“I am motivated to start new projects and see where they lead. I hope this will continue so that we can witness the ongoing trend of growth at Gren.”

 

Sakari Imelainen completed his studies in technology at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, jokingly referring to it as the last millennium – in 1999. During his studies, he interned at Fortum and later joined the company as a business economics engineer. Initially, Sakari prepared and submitted monthly reports for the power plants in Finland, delving into the company’s financial perspectives. After two years, he transitioned fully into the finance sector, becoming the controller for the heat business unit.

 

“When Fortum made a strategic decision to expand into the Baltic and other foreign countries, I moved to the investment department to work as a project manager, developing new projects in Finland, the Baltic region, Poland, and Sweden. Project development included a wide range of duties, including financial modelling, assessing risks, forming strategies, and evaluating the financials of the projects. So, I was involved in projects from their development stage and later saw with my own eyes how current Gren power plants e.g. Klaipeda and Jelgava were being built.”

 

One of the most impressive projects in Sakari’s career was constructing the Klaipėda cogeneration power plant. “I participated in this project from the beginning; it was the first ‘waste to energy’ power plant in the Baltic countries. Thanks to Vitalijus and the team who worked hard to build this power plant. We all know that there are various opinions about waste utilization for energy. It’s a tremendous achievement that this factory appeared in Klaipėda, and for me, it’s a great feeling to be part of such a significant project,” Sakari recounts.

 

Sakari joined the Gren team in 2022 after over 20 years of work at Fortum the nature of the work were familiar to him, and the opportunity to work at Gren was too good to pass.

 

Initially, the management structure of Gren reminded him of a startup: many things were still evolving. “When I came to Gren, I found myself amid the development of the needed functions for successful growth. It was a pleasant challenge that I embraced with enthusiasm. When we started working, our team had three people; today, we have ten and more,” Sakari rejoices in the growing team.

 

Asked what sets Gren apart from other energy business companies, Sakari states that although there is significant competition in the growth projects and the company name is still relatively unknown, the most remarkable advantage of Gren is the ability to respond quickly to customer needs and provide a well-thought-out and wide range of solutions. “However, it is also a challenge because we need to understand our market, grasp our identity, and start offering solutions, professionalism, and experience that we have. It will be challenging and interesting   and we will succeed,” Sakari is confident.

Finding an international touch in a hometown

Mechanical Engineer at Jelgava biomass CHP plant Ruslans Karapkins

I have always been guided by a zest for knowledge and new experiences and Gren as a Northern European company provides everything I sought in a career. The company’s culture and its vibrant international environment support those who are driven to achieve more.”


Ruslans Karapkins started his career in Gren in 2016 as an operator at Jelgava biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant – the largest bio-CHP plant in Latvia. The young fellow who had just graduated from the University with a master’s degree in Power Engineering took this as an opportunity to learn more and develop himself in the energy industry. Besides his new workplace was in his hometown where he had lived and studied and had his family. “The time when I worked as an operator at a CHP plant was very valuable experience-wise. I could learn how the plant works, about all the different mechanisms and equipment that it has, and that secure smooth and efficient operation. This knowledge was essential in my further career.”

 

Three years later, in 2019, due to several job rotations, an Electrical Engineer vacancy at the CHP plant was opened. Ruslans felt that he is ready for the next step in his career and applied for the position in Internal competition. And he got it. Ruslans remembers: “I had a strong theoretical background in power engineering from the university, but little practical experience. Electrical engineer is responsible for all the electrical part of the plant, so I had to learn different legal aspects related to the power market as well as a lot of technical details. My previous experience as an operator was helpful and made the whole process much faster. But the most valuable thing was the support from my colleagues. The previous Electrical Engineer after his promotion continued to work in our plant and I could always turn to him for advice or discuss challenging matters.”

 

In autumn of 2023, Ruslans moved on in his career and accepted the position of Mechanical Engineer in Jelgava bio-CHP plant. This transition represented not just a career move but a commitment to continuous growth. Asked what motivates him to grow within Gren, Ruslans replies without hesitation: “Boundless opportunities for learning and collaboration. The international environment provides a platform to continually acquire new skills and experience. In my work I must communicate and collaborate not only with colleagues from other Baltic countries and Finland, but also with local and foreign partners. I like to spend a day or two together with engineers who provide maintenance services for our equipment. It is a very good opportunity to learn from practical experience and not by books.”

 

For those aspiring to ascend in the engineering field, Ruslans advises: “Be active, show interest in your colleagues’ work, and embrace every opportunity to learn. Whenever you have a chance, go and have a look at how other colleagues work, how they perform maintenance for different machinery, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk. You can only gain valuable knowledge and experience that may be useful in the future.”

I have always been guided by a zest for knowledge and new experiences and Gren as a Northern European company provides everything I sought in a career. The company’s culture and its vibrant international environment support those who are driven to achieve more.”


Ruslans Karapkins started his career in Gren in 2016 as an operator at Jelgava biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant – the largest bio-CHP plant in Latvia. The young fellow who had just graduated from the University with a master’s degree in Power Engineering took this as an opportunity to learn more and develop himself in the energy industry. Besides his new workplace was in his hometown where he had lived and studied and had his family. “The time when I worked as an operator at a CHP plant was very valuable experience-wise. I could learn how the plant works, about all the different mechanisms and equipment that it has, and that secure smooth and efficient operation. This knowledge was essential in my further career.”

 

Three years later, in 2019, due to several job rotations, an Electrical Engineer vacancy at the CHP plant was opened. Ruslans felt that he is ready for the next step in his career and applied for the position in Internal competition. And he got it. Ruslans remembers: “I had a strong theoretical background in power engineering from the university, but little practical experience. Electrical engineer is responsible for all the electrical part of the plant, so I had to learn different legal aspects related to the power market as well as a lot of technical details. My previous experience as an operator was helpful and made the whole process much faster. But the most valuable thing was the support from my colleagues. The previous Electrical Engineer after his promotion continued to work in our plant and I could always turn to him for advice or discuss challenging matters.”

 

In autumn of 2023, Ruslans moved on in his career and accepted the position of Mechanical Engineer in Jelgava bio-CHP plant. This transition represented not just a career move but a commitment to continuous growth. Asked what motivates him to grow within Gren, Ruslans replies without hesitation: “Boundless opportunities for learning and collaboration. The international environment provides a platform to continually acquire new skills and experience. In my work I must communicate and collaborate not only with colleagues from other Baltic countries and Finland, but also with local and foreign partners. I like to spend a day or two together with engineers who provide maintenance services for our equipment. It is a very good opportunity to learn from practical experience and not by books.”

 

For those aspiring to ascend in the engineering field, Ruslans advises: “Be active, show interest in your colleagues’ work, and embrace every opportunity to learn. Whenever you have a chance, go and have a look at how other colleagues work, how they perform maintenance for different machinery, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and talk. You can only gain valuable knowledge and experience that may be useful in the future.”

Process engineer’s sustainable success comes with diligence and adaptability

Birutė Žiogaitė Vagonė, Process Engineer at Gren Klaipėda CHP plant

Birutė Žiogaitė Vagonė, a process engineer at Gren Klaipėda, is a graduate of environmental engineering studies at Klaipėda University. She joined the Gren team almost a year and a half ago, seeking stable employment and opportunities for growth in engineering. Birutė reflects on her experience at Gren, noting that it is different from her previous roles due to the specificity of the work—her first time working with energy and heating networks.

 

Her workday begins with an analysis of the previous day’s production and challenges faced by colleagues, followed by analyses of heat and electricity production and smoke cleaning. If she notices any discrepancies, she investigates the causes, consults with colleagues, performs broader analyses, checks chemical material consumption, plans orders, and continuously improves spreadsheets.

 

In first year of her studies, she studied general engineering subjects such as theoretical mechanics, physics, material resistance, advanced mathematics, and drafting. Later, she delved into specialized subjects like cleaner production methods, chemistry, and technological processes.

 

After applying the theoretical knowledge gained during her studies, she worked practically for five years as a technologist and later as a process engineer in a company manufacturing automotive electrical wiring harnesses. During that time, Birutė was responsible for the production process, defect analysis, and improvement opportunities. She continued her career in a company specializing in ozone technology design, working as a technology engineer, analyzing customer requests, and providing specialized technological solutions.

 

The position of a process engineer means continuous surveillance, as the process can change at any moment. Being attentive, meticulous, insightful, and connecting different pieces of information help her improve her personal and professional skills. According to Birutė, success comes with diligence and adaptability, and her work at Gren is characterized by the dynamic nature of the processes.

 

When asked about her most significant achievement at Gren and future projects and goals, Birutė mentions that success is best spoken through implemented projects, and colleagues best evaluate the results. She appreciates the constructive and supportive teamwork at Gren, where colleagues willingly help and patiently explain processes. Regarding the company’s internal culture, she highlights that colleagues often discuss various topics, accept various suggestions, and come together as a team when needed.

 

For those aspiring to build a career at Gren, Birutė advises not to give up and to closely monitor job postings, as new positions are not frequent, and employee turnover is low. She suggests considering internships as valuable opportunities to familiarize oneself with the company’s processes, interact with industry professionals, and gain practical experience. Working in a cogeneration power plant in the region, which is the only one of its kind, is meaningful and exciting, according to Birutė.

Birutė Žiogaitė Vagonė, a process engineer at Gren Klaipėda, is a graduate of environmental engineering studies at Klaipėda University. She joined the Gren team almost a year and a half ago, seeking stable employment and opportunities for growth in engineering. Birutė reflects on her experience at Gren, noting that it is different from her previous roles due to the specificity of the work—her first time working with energy and heating networks.

 

Her workday begins with an analysis of the previous day’s production and challenges faced by colleagues, followed by analyses of heat and electricity production and smoke cleaning. If she notices any discrepancies, she investigates the causes, consults with colleagues, performs broader analyses, checks chemical material consumption, plans orders, and continuously improves spreadsheets.

 

In first year of her studies, she studied general engineering subjects such as theoretical mechanics, physics, material resistance, advanced mathematics, and drafting. Later, she delved into specialized subjects like cleaner production methods, chemistry, and technological processes.

 

After applying the theoretical knowledge gained during her studies, she worked practically for five years as a technologist and later as a process engineer in a company manufacturing automotive electrical wiring harnesses. During that time, Birutė was responsible for the production process, defect analysis, and improvement opportunities. She continued her career in a company specializing in ozone technology design, working as a technology engineer, analyzing customer requests, and providing specialized technological solutions.

 

The position of a process engineer means continuous surveillance, as the process can change at any moment. Being attentive, meticulous, insightful, and connecting different pieces of information help her improve her personal and professional skills. According to Birutė, success comes with diligence and adaptability, and her work at Gren is characterized by the dynamic nature of the processes.

 

When asked about her most significant achievement at Gren and future projects and goals, Birutė mentions that success is best spoken through implemented projects, and colleagues best evaluate the results. She appreciates the constructive and supportive teamwork at Gren, where colleagues willingly help and patiently explain processes. Regarding the company’s internal culture, she highlights that colleagues often discuss various topics, accept various suggestions, and come together as a team when needed.

 

For those aspiring to build a career at Gren, Birutė advises not to give up and to closely monitor job postings, as new positions are not frequent, and employee turnover is low. She suggests considering internships as valuable opportunities to familiarize oneself with the company’s processes, interact with industry professionals, and gain practical experience. Working in a cogeneration power plant in the region, which is the only one of its kind, is meaningful and exciting, according to Birutė.

Professional journey is a testament to the unexpected turns life can take

Abigail Chatfield, Head of People at Gren UK

“My younger self would never have predicted a career in sustainable energy: I always thought I’d work with children or animals! However, I did know that I wanted to do something that would have a positive impact.”

After working in an orphanage in South Africa, as a nanny in Australia, and in many other weird and wonderful roles, Abi joined Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, in 2013 and it was there that she developed her passion for sustainable practices.

 

Abi went on to work with various renewable energy companies in the UK, holding a range of roles with many different responsibilities. Abi has been a business manager, setting up policies, processes, and systems to ensure teams had everything they needed to thrive and contribute to the company’s success. She has been an executive assistant supporting MDs and CEOs, has worked as a mitigation manager investigating non-compliance amongst the ‘Big Six’ energy companies in the UK, and a project manager in a heat networks team, working alongside those on site to keep everything running smoothly in the office.

 

Abi joined Gren Energy Ltd in June 2023 as the people and operations manager, working alongside the CEO to implement everything needed to set up the UK business and support the incoming team, and has since stepped into the role of Head of People, “I am on a mission to create a workplace where innovation and collaboration flourish, and our people can thrive.” Abi states.

Being in a start-up environment has given Abi the opportunity to implement the learning and skills she’s acquired over the years, “I can now contribute to the green revolution while prioritising the well-being and growth of our most valuable asset: our people.”

 

Abi has worn many hats during her career, continually developing her interests and understanding. What has remained constant is Abi’s belief that people are the most important part of any business, and that success lies in nurturing and empowering individuals. “It’s not just about the energy we produce, but the energy within our team that propels us forward.”

“My younger self would never have predicted a career in sustainable energy: I always thought I’d work with children or animals! However, I did know that I wanted to do something that would have a positive impact.”

After working in an orphanage in South Africa, as a nanny in Australia, and in many other weird and wonderful roles, Abi joined Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, in 2013 and it was there that she developed her passion for sustainable practices.

 

Abi went on to work with various renewable energy companies in the UK, holding a range of roles with many different responsibilities. Abi has been a business manager, setting up policies, processes, and systems to ensure teams had everything they needed to thrive and contribute to the company’s success. She has been an executive assistant supporting MDs and CEOs, has worked as a mitigation manager investigating non-compliance amongst the ‘Big Six’ energy companies in the UK, and a project manager in a heat networks team, working alongside those on site to keep everything running smoothly in the office.

 

Abi joined Gren Energy Ltd in June 2023 as the people and operations manager, working alongside the CEO to implement everything needed to set up the UK business and support the incoming team, and has since stepped into the role of Head of People, “I am on a mission to create a workplace where innovation and collaboration flourish, and our people can thrive.” Abi states.

Being in a start-up environment has given Abi the opportunity to implement the learning and skills she’s acquired over the years, “I can now contribute to the green revolution while prioritising the well-being and growth of our most valuable asset: our people.”

 

Abi has worn many hats during her career, continually developing her interests and understanding. What has remained constant is Abi’s belief that people are the most important part of any business, and that success lies in nurturing and empowering individuals. “It’s not just about the energy we produce, but the energy within our team that propels us forward.”

“I am fascinated by energy – how it is created and how it is sold as an ‘invisible’ commodity.”

Lucy Morgan, Head of Operations at Gren UK

Sustainability has always been important to Lucy and after graduating University, she actively sought out roles that would align with her values in this area. She started working in the Environment team of one of the large energy companies in the UK, measuring, calculating and reporting on emissions from the big coal and gas sites. “I initially thought the biggest impact I could make would be working on the big, old and polluting plants to improve them however, I soon realized action in this area was limited by old technology and lack of investment”. From there, Lucy changed tact and secured a role as a Project Developer for onshore wind. She secured planning permission for 5 sites in South West Scotland and went on to manage the construction of one of them.

 

Then followed a move into the world of biomass. Lucy started in the construction phase of a 30MW site in Sheffield and was responsible for managing the Environmental Permits, planning permission, boiler chemistry and external stakeholder engagement. When the plant was build, she moved into the Operations team as the Assistant Site Manager and eventually became the Site Manager where she led a large team of internal craftspeople as well as large contract base to deliver day to day operation, capital investment projects and large outages. The site was a renewable energy hub which included district heating, industrial scale battery storage and solar. Prior to leaving, Lucy was leading a project to decarbonize steel in Sheffield through the use of Hydrogen, bringing together companies from across the region to develop and trial the concept.

 

During her career, Lucy has also managed a large transformation project merging two large energy companies together, migrating customer accounts between systems and managing the run down of one of the businesses including sites, staff and processes.

 

Lucy joined Gren in December 2023 as the Head of Operations to manage the performance of the existing portfolio of assets. “I am passionate about delivering operational excellence across our portfolio and looking for ways to maximise revenue and reduce costs. I want to foster an environment where people are responsible and accountable for decisions and we work together with our contract partners to build a sustainable and consistent operation”.

Sustainability has always been important to Lucy and after graduating University, she actively sought out roles that would align with her values in this area. She started working in the Environment team of one of the large energy companies in the UK, measuring, calculating and reporting on emissions from the big coal and gas sites. “I initially thought the biggest impact I could make would be working on the big, old and polluting plants to improve them however, I soon realized action in this area was limited by old technology and lack of investment”. From there, Lucy changed tact and secured a role as a Project Developer for onshore wind. She secured planning permission for 5 sites in South West Scotland and went on to manage the construction of one of them.

 

Then followed a move into the world of biomass. Lucy started in the construction phase of a 30MW site in Sheffield and was responsible for managing the Environmental Permits, planning permission, boiler chemistry and external stakeholder engagement. When the plant was build, she moved into the Operations team as the Assistant Site Manager and eventually became the Site Manager where she led a large team of internal craftspeople as well as large contract base to deliver day to day operation, capital investment projects and large outages. The site was a renewable energy hub which included district heating, industrial scale battery storage and solar. Prior to leaving, Lucy was leading a project to decarbonize steel in Sheffield through the use of Hydrogen, bringing together companies from across the region to develop and trial the concept.

 

During her career, Lucy has also managed a large transformation project merging two large energy companies together, migrating customer accounts between systems and managing the run down of one of the businesses including sites, staff and processes.

 

Lucy joined Gren in December 2023 as the Head of Operations to manage the performance of the existing portfolio of assets. “I am passionate about delivering operational excellence across our portfolio and looking for ways to maximise revenue and reduce costs. I want to foster an environment where people are responsible and accountable for decisions and we work together with our contract partners to build a sustainable and consistent operation”.

Kiera joined Gren UK with a strong desire to contribute to a sustainable future

Kiera Mills, Executive Assistant & Business Operations Support

After gaining four years of experience in the energy industry, Kiera joined Gren Energy Ltd with a strong desire to contribute to a sustainable future. Her previous roles and diverse industry experience led her to transition into the energy sector in 2018, following six months of traveling across Southeast Asia. Since then, Kiera has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the industry.

 

“I am deeply passionate about supporting Gren’s goal of providing affordable, reliable green energy,” says Kiera. “I am eager to embrace the future and collaborate with a talented team and a company that fosters an inclusive work culture.”

 

Problem-solving and forward-thinking have always been Kiera’s forte. In her previous roles, she handled diverse responsibilities and adjusted to shifting priorities. Kiera thrives in dynamic, high-growth environments and finds satisfaction in the unpredictable nature of her workdays at Gren.

 

Kiera firmly believes that investing in employees’ personal and professional growth is essential for the success of any business. “Working in a startup environment allows for innovation and harnesses individual strengths,” she notes. Kiera is committed to driving standards and enhancing productivity across the organisation

 

After gaining four years of experience in the energy industry, Kiera joined Gren Energy Ltd with a strong desire to contribute to a sustainable future. Her previous roles and diverse industry experience led her to transition into the energy sector in 2018, following six months of traveling across Southeast Asia. Since then, Kiera has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the industry.

 

“I am deeply passionate about supporting Gren’s goal of providing affordable, reliable green energy,” says Kiera. “I am eager to embrace the future and collaborate with a talented team and a company that fosters an inclusive work culture.”

 

Problem-solving and forward-thinking have always been Kiera’s forte. In her previous roles, she handled diverse responsibilities and adjusted to shifting priorities. Kiera thrives in dynamic, high-growth environments and finds satisfaction in the unpredictable nature of her workdays at Gren.

 

Kiera firmly believes that investing in employees’ personal and professional growth is essential for the success of any business. “Working in a startup environment allows for innovation and harnesses individual strengths,” she notes. Kiera is committed to driving standards and enhancing productivity across the organisation

 

Projects can deliver great change

David Carlton, Head of Capital Projects, Gren UK

“With over 50 years’ experience in the UK power industry and a few spells of international work, I have seen many changes in my career so far.

 

As a young engineer my focus for myself was all about gaining knowledge and expertise, becoming recognised through the contribution I was making towards improving plant operating efficiency, reliability, environmental and commercial performance.  Of course, as a young engineer I had other interests such as playing football and cricket, going to live shows, tinkering with cars and renovating houses.  About 25 years ago I became interested in the way that projects and programmes deliver change and have spent virtually all of my time since then developing and delivering projects and programmes in coal, gas, lignite, biomass, carbon capture, nuclear, and energy from waste, and I am looking forward to continuing this with Gren.”

 

One project that Dave is particularly proud of was a project to restore electrical supplies to a hospital in Batticoloa, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.  At very short notice Dave was asked to put together a team of volunteers, source some emergency generation plant and other equipment to ship to Sri Lanka, and go there to manage the work.  Everything went almost to plan and Dave spent 3 full weeks on site returning to the UK after Easter.  The team bought tools for local workers and left their own there, they also donated a Mammogram Screening machine.  The smiles of the local people will last long in Dave’s memory as they were so grateful for what the team were doing at such a time.  A return trip is on Dave’s bucket list!

 

Leading and working in so many projects has taught Dave many things and not least of these is the importance of people and teamwork, its people that do the work and it’s the team that succeeds or fails together.  Lessons are learned, experience is gained, and personal and professional development happens so the next project benefits.

 

Projects deliver change, and projects that are well planned, prepared, resourced, led and work as a problem-solving team, can deliver great change, at a time when this is most needed.

 

As everyone who has worked with Dave knows, he is passionate about health and safety and encourages everyone to develop their competency and understanding in this area.  Dave believes this helps with confidence and communication amongst individuals as it supports a mutual respect for each other’s wellbeing and for those that carry out work for us in often challenging conditions.

 

Dave has been married to Linda for 27 years, they have two daughters in their twenties with boyfriends, and two Airedale Terriers.  Weekends are mostly spent around family activities and walking the dogs!

“With over 50 years’ experience in the UK power industry and a few spells of international work, I have seen many changes in my career so far.

 

As a young engineer my focus for myself was all about gaining knowledge and expertise, becoming recognised through the contribution I was making towards improving plant operating efficiency, reliability, environmental and commercial performance.  Of course, as a young engineer I had other interests such as playing football and cricket, going to live shows, tinkering with cars and renovating houses.  About 25 years ago I became interested in the way that projects and programmes deliver change and have spent virtually all of my time since then developing and delivering projects and programmes in coal, gas, lignite, biomass, carbon capture, nuclear, and energy from waste, and I am looking forward to continuing this with Gren.”

 

One project that Dave is particularly proud of was a project to restore electrical supplies to a hospital in Batticoloa, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.  At very short notice Dave was asked to put together a team of volunteers, source some emergency generation plant and other equipment to ship to Sri Lanka, and go there to manage the work.  Everything went almost to plan and Dave spent 3 full weeks on site returning to the UK after Easter.  The team bought tools for local workers and left their own there, they also donated a Mammogram Screening machine.  The smiles of the local people will last long in Dave’s memory as they were so grateful for what the team were doing at such a time.  A return trip is on Dave’s bucket list!

 

Leading and working in so many projects has taught Dave many things and not least of these is the importance of people and teamwork, its people that do the work and it’s the team that succeeds or fails together.  Lessons are learned, experience is gained, and personal and professional development happens so the next project benefits.

 

Projects deliver change, and projects that are well planned, prepared, resourced, led and work as a problem-solving team, can deliver great change, at a time when this is most needed.

 

As everyone who has worked with Dave knows, he is passionate about health and safety and encourages everyone to develop their competency and understanding in this area.  Dave believes this helps with confidence and communication amongst individuals as it supports a mutual respect for each other’s wellbeing and for those that carry out work for us in often challenging conditions.

 

Dave has been married to Linda for 27 years, they have two daughters in their twenties with boyfriends, and two Airedale Terriers.  Weekends are mostly spent around family activities and walking the dogs!

“Success comes from doing your best”

Rokas Labokas, Operations Manager at Gren Klaipėda CHP plant

Rokas Labokas’ career path as the operations manager at Gren Klaipėda is closely intertwined with the company. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Klaipėda University, Rokas took a tour of the former Fortum Klaipėda, sparking his interest in waste management and energy fields.

 

“I knew there was a waste-to-energy plant in Klaipėda, but my imagination painted a grim picture with lots of garbage and bad smells. However, during the tour led by my current colleague, Tomas Danyla, I was impressed by the tidy surroundings, advanced technology, and modern equipment, especially the control panel. Right after the tour, I felt compelled to contribute to the work being done at this plant,” says the Klaipėda native.

 

During his university internship, Rokas applied directly to Gren Klaipėda by delivering a motivational letter to the security post. Within a few weeks, he received an invitation to discuss internship opportunities. Once again, the company’s communication culture stood out to the young student – straightforwardness, clarity, and an open invitation to take on tasks rather than merely waiting out the internship. Ramūnas Jakovlevas, the laboratory and work safety engineer at Gren Klaipėda, became Rokas’ first mentor at the plant, introducing him to the company’s structure, operations, and relevant legal regulations.

 

Rokas recalls that his two-month internship went smoothly. Colleagues invited him to join them for lunch and after-work meetings, and he received valuable advice and assistance in completing his tasks. After finishing his internship, he enrolled in a master’s program in Kaunas. However, shortly after the academic year began, he received a significant call offering him a position at Gren Klaipėda.

 

“For a year, I worked as a mechanic-diagnostician despite not being the best mechanic myself (laughs). However, my colleagues noticed I handled ‘Excel’ better than a wrench. I am incredibly grateful to the mechanics’ team – Algimantas, Viktoras, and Artūras – for introducing me to the equipment and actively involving me in the repair department. Later, I participated in a process engineer job competition and emerged victorious. That’s when I truly understood the machinery and delved into the plant’s processes. It felt like I had just begun, but the opportunity to become the operations manager arose within a year. Many found it surprising due to my young age, but the plant manager, Donatas, took a chance on me, and I hope I haven’t let him down,” Rokas shares his career journey.

 

He expresses immense gratitude to the entire team, which treated him not as a student but as a colleague from the start, entrusting him with significant responsibilities and patiently answering his numerous questions. Being embraced as an equal colleague by his peers warmed his heart.

 

As the operations manager, Rokas’ mornings consist of reviewing production schedules, assessing the plant’s situation, and ensuring production stays on track. He oversees a team of 16 individuals, strategizing to meet production targets and emission standards. This involves both short-term and long-term planning and active participation in meetings. However, there are times when unforeseen issues arise, disrupting the schedule and requiring immediate attention.

 

Quoting Lithuanian singer Andrius Mamontovas, Rokas jests, “As long as there are first times, you’re young.” He emphasizes that working in the operational management team keeps one on their toes, as each day brings new challenges.

 

Advising others who would like to join Gren, Rokas highlights several core values of the company. Despite wishing for a world without garbage, he acknowledges the reality of increasing consumption and waste. However, he finds pride in Gren Klaipėda’s multifaceted approach to waste management, which includes generating heat and electricity for Klaipėda. He understands that waste-to-energy conversion may not be universally accepted but feels content knowing he’s doing his best for the environment.

 

Rokas also notes Gren Klaipėda’s departure from outdated management models, embracing a Scandinavian work ethos of trying, learning from mistakes, and fostering innovation. Unlike other companies where employees are mere titles, Gren Klaipėda fosters a familial atmosphere where colleagues are known by name, not just their roles.

Rokas Labokas’ career path as the operations manager at Gren Klaipėda is closely intertwined with the company. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Klaipėda University, Rokas took a tour of the former Fortum Klaipėda, sparking his interest in waste management and energy fields.

 

“I knew there was a waste-to-energy plant in Klaipėda, but my imagination painted a grim picture with lots of garbage and bad smells. However, during the tour led by my current colleague, Tomas Danyla, I was impressed by the tidy surroundings, advanced technology, and modern equipment, especially the control panel. Right after the tour, I felt compelled to contribute to the work being done at this plant,” says the Klaipėda native.

 

During his university internship, Rokas applied directly to Gren Klaipėda by delivering a motivational letter to the security post. Within a few weeks, he received an invitation to discuss internship opportunities. Once again, the company’s communication culture stood out to the young student – straightforwardness, clarity, and an open invitation to take on tasks rather than merely waiting out the internship. Ramūnas Jakovlevas, the laboratory and work safety engineer at Gren Klaipėda, became Rokas’ first mentor at the plant, introducing him to the company’s structure, operations, and relevant legal regulations.

 

Rokas recalls that his two-month internship went smoothly. Colleagues invited him to join them for lunch and after-work meetings, and he received valuable advice and assistance in completing his tasks. After finishing his internship, he enrolled in a master’s program in Kaunas. However, shortly after the academic year began, he received a significant call offering him a position at Gren Klaipėda.

 

“For a year, I worked as a mechanic-diagnostician despite not being the best mechanic myself (laughs). However, my colleagues noticed I handled ‘Excel’ better than a wrench. I am incredibly grateful to the mechanics’ team – Algimantas, Viktoras, and Artūras – for introducing me to the equipment and actively involving me in the repair department. Later, I participated in a process engineer job competition and emerged victorious. That’s when I truly understood the machinery and delved into the plant’s processes. It felt like I had just begun, but the opportunity to become the operations manager arose within a year. Many found it surprising due to my young age, but the plant manager, Donatas, took a chance on me, and I hope I haven’t let him down,” Rokas shares his career journey.

 

He expresses immense gratitude to the entire team, which treated him not as a student but as a colleague from the start, entrusting him with significant responsibilities and patiently answering his numerous questions. Being embraced as an equal colleague by his peers warmed his heart.

 

As the operations manager, Rokas’ mornings consist of reviewing production schedules, assessing the plant’s situation, and ensuring production stays on track. He oversees a team of 16 individuals, strategizing to meet production targets and emission standards. This involves both short-term and long-term planning and active participation in meetings. However, there are times when unforeseen issues arise, disrupting the schedule and requiring immediate attention.

 

Quoting Lithuanian singer Andrius Mamontovas, Rokas jests, “As long as there are first times, you’re young.” He emphasizes that working in the operational management team keeps one on their toes, as each day brings new challenges.

 

Advising others who would like to join Gren, Rokas highlights several core values of the company. Despite wishing for a world without garbage, he acknowledges the reality of increasing consumption and waste. However, he finds pride in Gren Klaipėda’s multifaceted approach to waste management, which includes generating heat and electricity for Klaipėda. He understands that waste-to-energy conversion may not be universally accepted but feels content knowing he’s doing his best for the environment.

 

Rokas also notes Gren Klaipėda’s departure from outdated management models, embracing a Scandinavian work ethos of trying, learning from mistakes, and fostering innovation. Unlike other companies where employees are mere titles, Gren Klaipėda fosters a familial atmosphere where colleagues are known by name, not just their roles.

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Gren’s biggest asset is our employees. Because Gren is a growth company expanding its operations into new markets we also have new colleagues who have joined Gren recently. The objective of the We Are Gren event was to continue to make Gren’s strategy alive and part of all employees’ everyday lives understanding our growth strategy and adopting it as part of every Gren employee’s work was the first goal of our event.

We wanted to bring the Gren team closer together and build relationships over the country’s borders. We built the event on the following topics: strategy, customer success, operational excellence, technology, energizing team building, and well-being. We met over 250 teammates and had some celebrations, too.

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