Meet the team

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…

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Tony Sampson

Tony Sampson, MD

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 17 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.

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Shelley Sampson

Operations Manager

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. Having spent many years working in the Oil Industry, Shelley is now making amends to help save the planet!

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Andy Thomas

Installation team

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.)

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Beau Lonergan-Bowe

Electrician

After spending 3/4 years training as an electrical apprentice, Beau became fully qualified at the start of 2018 and joined the Naked Solar team in 2019. Beau came to us with an aspiration to promote renewable energy and contribute to the effort of saving the planet by installing renewable energy systems that greatly reduce the Co2 footprint. When not helping to save the planet Beau can often be found on the golf course or travelling across the world in a bid to see everything life has to offer.

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Kyle Edwards

Installation Manager

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.

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Dom Arquati

Installation team

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.

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Jamie Johnstone

Solar Surveyor

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.

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Will Wagstaffe

Designer Team Manager

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 Williams

Solar Surveyor

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 has now relocated to Bristol.

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Jordan Nelson

System Designer

Cheerful, easy, kind and candid. Jordan joined our design team in 2019 to support renewables closer to home and family. He prepares attentive system designs and quotations, and to keep out of trouble, studies at night school towards a degree in wind energy systems.

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Mat Green

Senior Solar Surveyor

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.

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Sam Hallworth

Solar Surveyor

Sam loves spending time with his family of four, two very small ones and a rock of a mum, whom let’s me play on surfboards and skateboards, (yes a 46 year old skater with the aches and pains to prove it!).

At 19 years old he left his career in ice cream sales and started in technical equipment sales, spanning industrial processing equipment in his early years and for the past 20 years in telecommunications, Wi-Fi and smart hotel TV systems.

Sam has been keeping an eye on the renewables sector for some time now and was aware of Naked Solar, our ethics and the great work we do, as well as a reputation for being great to work for. “There is a really good match between my personal sales principles and Naked Solars’ values and that’s what makes this work well.”

 

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Beccy Michael

Accounts

Beccy has been working in accounts for the last 13 years. She decided to join Naked as she wanted a better work life balance and wanted to work for a company that was doing good things for our planet. Beccy loves animals and, nature and has been a vegan for 2 years. You might find her playing football for Wadebridge, on her new SUP board or walking her Jack Russell Daisy.

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Hannah Brindley

Customer Service

Having grown up by the sea, Hannah has a huge passion for the ocean and our natural world, she also studied marine and natural history photography at university, so spends a lot of her time taking photographs of our wild earth.

Hannah absolutely love plants and describes herself as a bit of a crazy plant mum. She’s now also mum to our resident worms who are now happily munching on all the Naked Solar Office left over food!

Hannah has worked in hospitality for many years , but decided to take a career change as her end goal has always been to work in a job where she is doing her bit to help the planet and creating difference to the environment and our future.

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India Cockroft

Customer Service Supervisor

India is a keen horse rider and animal lover.

In her free time you’ll either find India on the farm with her horse Milly or in the countryside exploring with her 2 little sausage dogs Sid & Wilf who are now the resident office dogs!

India wanted to join NS because of her love of nature and the countryside. She really liked the idea of being able to help in some way preserve our planet and help nature flourish!

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Georgia Holder

Marketing Apprentice

Georgia spent many years in the hospitality sector. From chef to reservations/reception roles.

She’s always had an interest in marketing and is passionate about ways to help the environment – finding a Marketing Apprenticeship with Naked Solar was the perfect fit!

Interests include long walks, travel, nature photography, running, veganism, jigsaw puzzles and going to lots of gigs!

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Chris Burt

IT Apprentice

Fresh from Newquay Tretherras school, Chris joins us as an IT Apprentice. His natural talent for all things IT have been a tremendous help for us at Naked Solar as we further develop our CRM system.

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Florence Tebbutt

Solar Designer

Florence studied environmental sciences in university and became interested in renewable energies and how they help towards climate change. Working for Naked was the perfect fit for her.

In her spare time she runs her own online shop which sells wooden notebooks where she handmakes the paper and design the covers.

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Vicky Byron

System Designer

Living so close to the ocean Vicky spends as much time as possible freediving, scuba diving or head down in a rockpool harassing the local marine life with her camera.

After spending many years working for large corporations she joined Naked Solar to work for a local company invested in making a positive difference to the environment.

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Kieran Somerfield

Solar Surveyor

After working sales in Industries that take from the earth, Kieran was finally happy to have the chance to work for a company that give back! Renewables are the only way forward and after seeing the ethos of Naked solar he couldn’t wait to start helping people begin their solar journey .

 

Working with this great team means he gets to indulge his passions of surfing, skating and biking even more.

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Jacob Wheeler

Installation Coordinator / Customer Services

Jacob has had a very varied and exciting work past. From Canada to New Zealand and many countries in between. His most recent role was running operations for a boutique beach club in Greece.

After seeing the effect we have on the planet – including his own flights – Jacob wanted to be contributing in a positive manner to the world and help become part of the solution.

In his spare time Jacob enjoys playing musical instruments, train running, sea swimming and Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

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Tim Holbrook

Solar Surveyor

Tim has worked in the health & fitness industry since leaving school at 18 and is passionate about all things health and fitness and looking after people’s health and have always been interested in helping people. For the last couple of years I have been looking at finding a role that continues to allow me to help people but find something with slightly more sociable hours. Having known some of the team for many years together with a keen interest in the environment and in particular renewable energy, this seemed like the perfect role to utilise all his skills gained in the health & fitness industry to continue to help people.

 

His interests outside of work are all things exercise, surfing and enjoying the wonders Cornwall has to offer.

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