BHESCo Board of Directors


BHESCO; Kayla Ente, Staff portraits;

Diane Smith1

John Nugent

Rachel Espinonsa2



Kayla Ente,  Founder and CEO

Kayla began her career with Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco and Ernst & Young in Amsterdam before moving to Greenpeace International in 1993. In 1999, as a business and project development consultant, her client portfolio included Nuon (the Dutch utility), and Ecofys  (European pioneers in renewable energy).

At Nuon, she was the financial technician on wind farm development in China and Spain and PV development projects in California and Hawaii. She advised the IEA on the feasibility of a very large scale PV project in the Sahara Desert before DESERTEC.

In 2004, Kayla moved to London providing business development and advisory services to utilities and SME’s in the Cleantech industry. Kayla is a qualified accountant and has an MBA in Environmental Management from the TIAS Business School in the Netherlands. Kayla has been living in Brighton since 2012.


Diane Smith, Operations Director

Diane has worked in financial services for 28 years.  After running treasury operations for The Economist newspaper in London, she went to Nike to set up their European foreign exchange risk management programme.

She has lead operational support teams in the Broker/Dealer servicing arm of BNY Mellon (a US investments company) and is grateful now to be able to apply her skills in an organization that is helping both people and the environment at the same time.


John Nugent, Non Executive Director – Chairman

John is an experienced solicitor, specialising in corporate governance and Board related issues, an expert in Company law, international trade and business contracts.

He has been recommended in the Legal 500 for corporate law. He is an experienced company director and currently on the Board of directors for the London Rugby League Foundation.

Rachel Espinosa, Energy from Waste Director

Rachel is an expert in waste management operations, strategic planning and development.  She has worked in the waste industry for 20 years as a waste services manager and consultant and is a partner in Reconsult LLP.

She is a centre councillor for the London and South Counties Centre of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and also works part time as Business Forum Manager for the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Mark Kenber, Non Executive Director

Mark has been CEO of Mongoose Energy – a company providing asset management, project development and finance services to the community energy sector – since 2017. Prior to joining Mongoose, Mark had been with international climate change NGO The Climate Group for nearly 12 years, with the final five of these as CEO. During his time with the organisation he oversaw the launch of the Verified Carbon Standard, We Mean Business coalition and RE100 campaign and was an expert advisor to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock.

Mark’s other experience includes being Senior Policy Officer for the WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, Director of Planning and Policy at Fundacion Natura in Ecuador and climate advisor to the Ecuadorian government. He lives in Brighton with his family, is a keen theatregoer, gardener, runner and activist and a season ticket holder at Brighton and Hove Albion.


Nick Handley, Non Executive Director

Apart from working in the global corporate world for businesses like The Times, ITV, Leo Burnett (at the time the largest advertising agency in the world) and Readers Digest, Nick has felt it important to devote time to the community.
Nick spent 9 years on the board of Sussex Enterprise now Sussex Chamber of Commerce latterly as Chairman and now President. He is also Chair of Trustees at Brighton’s Bridge Community and Education Centre.
‘I am delighted to have joined the BHESCO Board. Energy plays a vital part in all our lives and I look forward to helping BHESCO become even more prominent in the community’.