Since 2019 Ashley has been working with Sinewave Energy Solutions Ltd in Swindon. Sinewave provide connections to the high voltage electricity network for housing and commercial estates, data centres and work extensively in solar farms and electric vehicle charging points an their clients include some of the largest house construction companies and petrol chemical name in the UK. Having helped Adam introduce a senior management team in early 2020, and recently accepted a post as a non-exec director Ashley’s role within he business has become much more involved.

As part of that role Ashley realised the value of a strong connection to Government policy following the July announcement of a £500m investment in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK which currently relies on private sector funding. As the local MP for Swindon was Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP who is the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Ashley invited him to Sinewaves office on Elgin Park Industrial Estate. Secretary Buckland was delighted to accept and visited the office on August 18th 2020 and was delighted with what he found.

On the visit Mr Buckland commented: “Seeing a Swindon business operating so successfully within the fast growth renewables sector was a pleasure, especially as their MD Adam is Swindon born and bred. It was fascinating to see the design process and infrastructure required to install rapid chargers, including the cabling and switchgear usually hidden from view. The UK Government is committed to expanding the UK electric vehicle charging network and seeing how the Rapid Charging Fund commitment made in May will positively impact the physical network was insightful. Hearing how Sinewave both coped during COVID-19 and has incredible growth plans within the renewables sector was a real highlight. I look forward to hearing more in the future.”

Founder of Sinewave Adam Woodley said “we are incredibly grateful too Robert for his visit today. We were able to show Robert the design, installation and connection process for electric vehicle charging stations and discuss our fantastic growth in the sector. We were also able to share our experiences of how COVID-19 had impacted our business and how we remained positive and operational throughout”

Mr Woodley continued “We were pleased to outline how we have taken advantage of the furlough scheme and are planning to use the recently announced additional support for employing apprentices, as well as employing our first member of staff on the kickstart scheme. It was also very valuable to get some insight from Robert on Government support for the renewables sector, and some great contacts for further education and technology establishments.” 

Next step is for Sinewave to put together some questions on the behalf of both Sinewave and their clients for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as to how and when the £500m will flow into the supply chain. Onwards we go!