We have a big, strong team, and it’s growing fast as solar energy reaches a tipping point in the UK. Here are some of the characters that make up Naked…
Before his solar career, Tony spent nine years in the RAF and seven years as a Royal Mail manager. The journey to where we are today began with a passion for renewables and a desire to work for himself. To make his dream come true, Tony retrained as an electrician, gained on-the-job experience working on building sites, wind turbines and home electrics then started his own electrical business back in 2009. He became accredited for Solar PV installations in December 2010
Tony now employs 10 staff, has an award-winning business both regionally and nationally and is expanding rapidly. He’s actively pursued his passion for renewables within the community. He sits on the advisory panel for Business Leaders for Low Carbon, is an advisor to the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust and regularly delivers renewable technology presentations to educational establishments, businesses and at a variety of events. In his spare time, Tony enjoys surfing, reading and spending time with his family
I founded Naked because I’ve always been passionate about doing my bit for the planet. While I was a manager with Royal Mail I wanted to find a business to start. It had to be something I could believe in and when I thought of Solar Panels it ticked my green box. That was way back in 2006. I started making plans, retrained as an electrician, left Royal Mail in 2008, picked up some experience in the trade while studying Solar PV in my spare time. I passed my further qualifications to become fully qualified and then accredited in 2010. Since then, Naked Solar, now Naked, has kept getting stronger, and we now have a great team delivering a service I’m very proud of.
Working with pretty much everyone in the company, Shelley helps keep the Operational side of things running smoothly. She also looks after all of our social media accounts so if you fancy a chat about solar, she’ll be there to help direct you. Shelley enjoys spending time with her family, making cakes and running for charity, with the next big event being the London Marathon in April.
Otherwise known as ‘T’ for unknown reasons, Andy brings a wealth of building and roofing experience to the team from years of site work. He’s also fluent in French after living there for several years. When he’s not working he can be found playing golf, surfing or on his allotment, probably growing leeks and daffodils. (He’s Welsh, you see.)
Maren came to us as a customer. After getting several quotes he chose us for his installation then, as he puts it “I liked the company so much I came to work for them”. Maren thought he was a nightmare customer as he’d done so much research. Tony said it was great to find someone who could chat about solar in such depth. Having a background in technical sales, Maren offered his services as a site surveyor initially and now helps us with all the paperwork behind installing Solar PV.
After putting in hard graft on the installation team for a couple of years Kyle showed he’s got the aptitude and attitude to go further. Taking on managing the installation team in the summer of 2017, Kyle took to the role like a duck to water and is certainly one to watch for the future. Recently married and with a young family, Kyle is a sharp and focused individual, a very safe pair of hands with a no-nonsense approach to ensuring that every install is up to our very high standards.
As well as being a fanatical fisherman, Dom has some great skills in the kitchen too as he’s spent several years as a chef. He moved over to more sociable hours and learnt all there is to know about the Solar industry. Dom is focused on his new career to support his young family. If he’s not working or fishing then he’s usually cracking a joke to keep the team in good spirits.
Jamie has been in renewables since 2012 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which is essential when he’s helping our customers to choose the systems that are going to be right for them. Keen on surfing, often getting in the water both before and after work Jamie likes to ensure he’s in good shape for when the waves arrive so you’ll probably find him in the gym when he’s not working or surfing. To keep a good balance, he likes to undo some of this good work with visits to the pub in the evenings.
Will works closely with the Site Surveyors to make sure system proposals are suitable for your property and needs. Also liaising with the install team to make sure those proposals are achievable. Outside of work Will enjoys rugby, skiing, cricket and of course surfing. He’s also a talented Karaoke singer as we found out in Portugal!
Joe moved to Cornwall in 2010 to undertake a B(sc) in Environmental Management (and maybe surf!). It was here that he gained an interest in renewable energy, understanding how important the sector would become in years to come. He spent the last 4 years in the Royal Navy, working as a meteorologist (weatherman), where he was lucky enough to do lots of travelling and rum drinking! During his last year in the full time Naval service he started working for Naked Solar, where he has undertaken several roles and is now known by the name of ‘’master of all trades…..’’.
Joe now helps Kyle, our Installation Manager, and dedicates part of his week conducting solar surveys with customers.
Having spent the majority of his career working on massive wind turbines all over the world, Scotty has decided a work life closer to home was needed and so joined our installation team.
When he’s not working, Scotty can be found at one of his local beaches enjoying the surf.
Mat joined in 2011, bringing a serious background in mechanical and electrical engineering. He has deep knowledge of Solar PV and Thermal systems and loves the technical challenges of surveying. When not at work, you’ll probably find Mat hanging off a rock face somewhere on a Cornish sea cliff. If you get a chance, ask about his cannon balls.
After many years working for an Architectural Practice as a Charter Architectural Technologist, Crystyna made the move into the solar industry in May 2015 and hasn’t looked back. We were very lucky when Crystyna decided to make the move to Cornwall and joined our design team earlier in 2018.
Crystyna’s interests include: Interior Design, Architecture, Conservation and Amateur Dramatics.
Before relocating and working for Naked, Ruksy spent most of her working life as a Credit Controller and Accounts Assistant in Manchester and Central London, working for mainly corporations. Now having experienced the refreshing ethics and positivity of Naked Solar and the team spirit that supports the company, her only regret is not having joined the company sooner. Ruksy is very family-oriented and outside of work, dotes on her children and husband. She hasn’t yet joined the surfing fraternity but hopes to change her profile picture next summer, after a few lessons!
A quiet but conscientious member of the install team, Dave can always be relied upon to get a job done.
Stephen has spent various winter months working for us previously, before spending the summer as a beach lifeguard. He now joins us as a full time member of staff.
Faye was helping her parents look for solar when she decided to apply to Naked Solar for a job. Her enthusiasm towards sustainability and saving the planet made her an obvious fit within the company.
Faye came to Newquay 15 years ago for a weekend and never left!
Previously worked in sustainability management and on wildlife watching boats in Padstow and Newquay. Intermingled with travelling around the world to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Morocco, Europe, America – keeps Faye happy 🙂
Hobbies – Scuba diving with big stuff! Anything that involves being outside (SUPing, surfing, snorkelling, camping, hiking, exploring) and yoga. And loving her dog Bean!!