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About Us

Lumen Energy & Environment is a specialist advisory business helping organisations navigate some of the most pressing and critical environmental and energy challenges facing businesses and organisations today.

We are a growing team supporting companies in the energy transition. We work alongside specialist Associates to ensure we can provide the right support to our clients.

How we transition to a net zero economy while living within environmental limits will require consistent planning and action. Our expertise is here to help you manage this transition.

Maf Smith
Founding Director

Maf has worked in senior leadership roles in the renewable and sustainability sectors for over 20 years.

He has deep expertise of the UK renewable sector, working for industry and governments to support the rapid scale up of low carbon electricity in the UK. He has a strong and wide network of individuals and organisations and is respected for his reasoned advice, project skills, insight and influencing skills.

Maf has been a Technical Adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee, is Vice Chair of GWEC's Floating Offshore Wind Taskforce and is a member of the UK's Floating Offshore Wind Taskforce.

Catherine H K Smith
Founding Director

Catherine has significant and rare cross-disciplinary skills spanning, planning, conservation and crime.  


Catherine is an experienced planner specialising in advice, support and delivery of Sustainability Assessments and Habitat Regulation Assessments.

Catherine is focused on ESG requirements and reporting on materials use relating to EV supply chain, focused on mining and production for lithium, graphite and cobalt needs of this sector.

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Mike Newman
Innovation Associate

Mike is Director of offshore wind consultancy Pelergy. He works as an Associate of LumenEE in the delivery of offshore wind advisory services, including as part of the LumenEE contract to deliver advice and support via the OWGP WEST programme.


Mike has 12 years’ experience in business development and product development of offshore wind products and services, working directly with turbine manufacturers and project developers/owners globally

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Rich Furniss
Strategy Associate

Rich works at senior level with companies across the transition to renewable energy providing consultancy, non-executive support, and project management support.  He has 36 years’ experience in industry / manufacturing, much of it at senior level in an international environment - with the last 13 years full-time in renewable energy. 

He led the UK & Ireland business of a major turbine OEM for 5 years, leading them to and through a period of rapid and profitable growth to an installed base of over 2GW.

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Robin Peters
Grid Associate

Robin is a senior Energy Sector Executive, with a sustained track record of achievement of leading and managing teams within the UK energy industry and internationally.

He is focused on establishing successful and proven practices for implementing substantial energy infrastructure projects. Adept at leading and managing multi- disciplined, multi-cultural teams, bringing focus and drive to achieve efficient and effective business objectives. A determined, commercially aware executive who sees innovation as a necessity, whilst taking advantage of opportunities.

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Dave Oswin
Supply Chain Associate

Dave is a supply chain specialist with over 40 years experience in Structural Steelwork both in the UK and overseas.

For the past 15 years he has been involved in the renewables sector both onshore and offshore, acting as both supplier and procurement specialist in these fields.

He is currently focused on supply chain production and logistics to the fixed bottom and emerging floating offshore wind market in the UK.

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David Garner
Development Associate

David is a senior Energy Sector Executive, with a sustained track record in supporting offshore wind projects move through development to operation.

David brings experience on the regulatory and planning landscape for offshore wind, as well as the supply chain and port issues associated with offshore wind delivery, including floating offshore wind.

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