Exec Team

  • Alan Gooding

    Alan Gooding

    Executive Director, Go To Market

    Alan is an Electrical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in advisory, business development, general management and corporate development within the energy and technology sectors with blue chip organisations such as PwC and QinetiQ.  He joined Smarter Grid Solutions as the Founding Managing Director, having met the other founders through his role as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Strathclyde.  He now has board responsibility for the commercial and sales functions, managing teams and partners globally to drive the growth of the business.  Alan also serves as project director on a number Smarter Grid Solutions’ largest DERMS projects including SP Energy Networks, UK Power Networks, EWE Netz and Stedin.  Alan has a Masters degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Business Management from the University of Strathclyde.

  • Brent Marshall

    Brent Marshall

    Chief Executive Officer

    With a background in finance, Brent has enjoyed a career spanning 42 years, of which 28 have been in C-Level roles, mainly in the technology sector. He has led a number of businesses through high profile transformations, including: M&A, restructuring, high-growth, divestments, public-to-private, and public-to-public transactions. Now based in the South of England, he has lived in the Netherlands, and also performed leadership roles for a number of North American Companies. Brent has a passion for metrics-driven leadership and Total Quality, and has delivered lectures and articles in these areas, based on best practice experience. 

  • Euan Davidson

    Euan Davidson

    Chief Technology Officer

    Euan is a Power Systems Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in industrially focused R&D and product development. With a background in Artificial Intelligence and control systems, Euan has worked internationally for two decades, leading teams on application of advanced digital technologies for the energy sector. Before joining SGS, he designed and deployed one of the first multi-agent systems into the power sector and led research on the use of AI for energy system operation and optimisation. He joined SGS in 2012 as its first dedicated R&D engineer and, since then, has held several roles for the company. He joined the exec team in 2016 as Production Engineering Director and took on the role of CTO in 2020.

  • Graham Ault

    Graham Ault

    Executive Director, Markets & Alliances

    Graham has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector with roles ranging from power station design and construction through academic research to Smarter Grid Solutions’ distributed energy management software. The continuous strand through these roles is the grid and market integration of distributed energy and the low carbon energy system transition. He is one of three founders of Smarter Grid Solutions and in addition to current Board Director responsibilities has led product, marketing, system delivery, consulting and innovation programmes.  He has also led many ground-breaking initiatives in the smart, flexible, clean energy domain including assignments for UK, US and international utility companies, energy majors, governments, national labs, research agencies, working groups and the investment community. He is a Fellow of the IET, Senior Member of the IEEE, CEng and has PhD and BEng qualifications from Strathclyde University where he was also full Professor of Power Systems.

  • Stuart McGhie

    Stuart McGhie

    Chief Financial Officer

    Stuart is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience in technology businesses from time with Texas Instruments and involvement in several growth businesses.  Over that period he has held operational finance roles as well as leading successful finance raises, acquisitions and business sales.  He has been Chief Financial Officer at SGS since 2018.

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    Robert MacDonald

    EVP of Consultancy and UK Sales

    Robert is a Power Systems Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the Smart Grid domain, holding roles that have involved the study, design and delivery of solutions to accelerate the roll-out of distributed energy and support the low-carbon grid transition.  He joined the growing team of consultants at Smarter Grid Solutions in 2011, and now leads both global consultancy delivery and UK sales activities.  He has led ground-breaking innovation projects in the UK and North America, demonstrating the application of novel analytical methods and control solutions across both network planning and network operations.  In leading the team of consultants, he has driven the development of Smarter Grid Solutions’ consultancy services to grid utilities and distributed energy developers/owners, extending the offering of smart grid advisory services and development of in-house tools to deliver advanced network analytics.  He joined the Executive Team at Smarter Grid Solutions in 2023 and is a Board Advisor.

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