Management Team

Managing Director

Ian Crummack is the founder and managing director of Cobalt Energy Limited which he established in 2009. Ian is a qualified mechanical engineer with close to 30 years’ experience in Energy from Waste(EfW) and thermal power generation markets on a national and international basis. Ian has extensive knowledge of managing projects to fruition from development, through the planning, consultation and tender stages, and then into construction and operation. Ian also has significant experience with technical due diligence, contracts and commercial structures and on reaching financial closure. Ian also acts as an Expert Witness for technical reviews, planning appeals and contractual disputes.

Finance & Administration Director

Sharon Bates has over 25 years’ experience working in the financial industry in both the public and private sectors. Sharon worked for local government providing independent audit provision before moving across to commercial practice. Sharon has worked at Cobalt Energy since its inception in 2009. Sharon leads the accounting and financial management team, oversees financial audit and is a key Board member.

Operations Director – Thermal Renewables

Nick Charnock is a chartered mechanical engineer who spent much of his career in at a blue chip pharmaceutical manufacturer where he was responsible for delivering capital projects. Nick joined Cobalt Energy in 2012 as a Mechanical Project Manager, responsible for the delivery of all mechanical interfaces at the £45m Exeter Energy Recovery Facility. Following this, Nick managed the development of the EPC specification package for a new £50m CHP facility for JG Pears in Nottinghamshire. Nick then delivered construction of a £60m energy recovery facility for Orsted in Cheshire. More recently Nick has led the EPCM contract for Cobalt at the £12m Malvern Clinical Waste Facility delivery in Worcestershire. As Operations Director, Nick continues to lead the expanding Cobalt Energy delivery teams in new EfW projects.

Engineering Director

Deon Venter has 35 years of experience in the Power and Renewable Energy industries. He has international experience in the Engineering and Construction of major renewable energy projects and has managed teams on challenging EfW construction projects in the UK on both the Client-side and EPC contractor side. Deon has also developed extensive practical experience in the operation, performance, compliance, maintenance and refurbishment of power assets. Deon leads the experienced Engineering team at Cobalt Energy and manages the new graduates the business takes on each year.

At Cobalt Energy, our employees are the foundation of our day-to-day business. Our motivated and dedicated team deliver safe, sustainable and technically competent services for our clients. If you are interested in being part of the Cobalt Energy team please see our vacancies below.

Current vacancies

No current vacancies

General enquiries If you are interested in working for Cobalt Energy we would like to hear from you, please get in touch by sending a covering email and CV to

Graduate scheme Cobalt Energy offers graduates the opportunity to build a successful, exciting and challenging career. Through our graduate scheme, we will design a tailored programme to enable you to achieve professional status as well as personal development. We want our graduates to contribute to our thinking so if you are interested please get in touch by sending a covering email together with your CV to

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Cobalt Energy is one of the UK’s leading independent engineering services companies, involved in the thermal renewables, solar power and energy storage sectors.

Founded in 2009 by industry professionals, our extensive experience across the energy and waste sectors is what really sets us apart. We have supported a number of high profile projects within the UK: Exeter Energy Recovery Facility, Severn Power CCGT, Copley Farm solar array, DONG Energy’s REnecience Northwich and JG Pears’ CHP plant are just some of the projects where we have provided specialist project functions and engineering services.

Cobalt Energy has the experience and knowledge to make a difference. We are well connected with an outstanding track record. Our experience combined with in-depth market knowledge allows us to utilise current energy sector expertise and products to meet our clients’ needs.

Quality and consistency are at the heart of our services to meet our clients’ requirements, therefore we hold and maintain an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management certification for all industrial and engineering services which are deployed.

The energy and engineering sectors are fast paced environments; Cobalt Energy is committed to keeping up to date with the current advances in technology, operations, best practice and compliance. We are members of several associations covering the sectors we work in to remain up to date and well connected.

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Managing Director Ian Crummack has chaired the UK’s National Energy from Waste Conference (2014-2015).