About Us

Veitch Cooper Limited is a project services company who work with communities, landowners, private companies and public sector organisations to develop demonstrator projects which challenge accepted energy industry norms and design methods. Our aim: to provide a step change in energy affordability within the UK and Ireland.

The company was formed on 1st July 2014 by Catherine Cooper, a Technology and Innovation manager with over 20 years industry experience.

We operate on a consortium basis bringing together a network of skilled professionals (our associates) to deliver projects and services to the emerging distributed and smart grid energy markets. Entry into the consortium is by invitation only.


Cath Cooper - Director



Catherine is a degree qualified Electrical and Electronic Engineer with an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management. She is an experienced engineering manager with a reputation for creative problem solving. This, combined with a simple pragmatic approach and an innate ability to translate complex technical requirements into simple understandable briefs, makes her an extremely valuable addition to any team.

Catherine has had a rich and varied career spanning over 25 years having worked in various New Product Development (NPD) roles within the defence, semiconductor and energy sectors. She is passionate about technology development but is equally comfortable with the commercial and financial aspects of project development.


Key Skills

  • Negotiation;
  • Strategy Formation;
  • Policy Development;
  • Technology;
  • Commercialisation;
  • Engineering Project Management;
  • Relationship Management;
  • Funding Application;
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership Management;
  • Team Management;
  • SME Business Improvement.

I've been doing business with Cath Cooper for the last 6 years. She is an extremely valuable asset to any business and is always thinking of the client in every interaction. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her as a business leader, client champion, project manager, or large and complex deal specialist.

Richard Davis, Managing Director, GeniusEnergyLab Limited


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The complex nature of the energy industry within the UK and Ireland means that it is very rare to find any one person that has all of the knowledge required to drive change. Consequently, our associate team consists of a mix of experienced industry professionals who specialise in at least one of the traditional energy market areas – although most have worked in several.

We have a large skills overlap which results in an effective peer review network and a healthy level of debate

The Veitch Cooper associates have an in depth knowledge of the factors affecting successful low carbon infrastructure project development and can access an extensive network of technology specialists with the skills and experience necessary to address these. As the majority of us started our careers as engineers, before branching into more commercial roles, we have the analytical skills and technical insight to quickly specify project requirements and pull together the appropriate mix of skills for the project team.

At Veitch Cooper we recognise the strength that comes from shared experience consequently you will find that we have all worked together in the past in similar roles: whether it be within industry; academia or on secondment to particular projects.

In short; we know each other; we know our relatively strengths and, importantly, we know how to combine to provide maximum impact.

Please contact us today to find out how we can work with you to deliver change.


Jackie Smith


Jackie is an experienced Management Consultant with over eighteen years working in partnership with Major clients to transform their organisations. She has a strong track record in delivering benefits to public and private sector organisations through implementing new business solutions including IT and business process outsourcing. She has worked on a variety of programmes and projects conducting options appraisals, process re-engineering, building business cases and producing recommendations to board level stakeholders.

Recently she has been programme managing a variety of low carbon innovative projects helping to bring them to investment stage.

She has excellent consulting and communications skills, quickly building trust with clients at all levels whilst delivering strong results.

Key Skills

  • Change Management
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Governance and intelligent client models
  • Benefits Realisation Management
  • Proposal writing, competitive dialogue and bid management
  • Transformation Mapping, Visioning, Planning
  • Business Case Development, options appraisal and portfolio management
  • Facilitation and Coaching
  • BS11000 Collaborative Business Relationships
  • Business Process Re-engineering

Ciaran Higgins


Senior Engineer and Energy Manager with over 13 years of experience in the Energy Sector for public and private sector organisations. Qualified to Master's Degree level (Distinction achieved) in Renewable Energy and Distribution as well as recently becoming a prize-winning post-graduate in Urban Design – all in addition to his initial European Master of Electronic Engineering MEng (First Class Honours).

Experienced in development of new business models and strategic partnerships within the private and public sector Responsible for development and successful implementation of energy-master-planning programme under FP7 EU Grant Funding Programme, across 4 EU Cities (Glasgow, Riga, Ghent and Gothenburg) – currently on-going with University of Strathclyde acting as Programme Director.

Relevant Experience:

  • Director, Derryherk Limited (clients include SPEN and Glasgow City Council)
  • Head of Technical Development, Craighall Energy Limited
  • Commercial Development Surveyor, Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • International Senior Executive, Scottish Development International
  • Principal Officer – Carbon Management, Glasgow City Council
  • Project Officer Glasgow City Council
  • Electrical Engineer / Renewable Energy Consultant, Sgurr Energy
  • Consultant Layout Engineer (Electronic Engineering), Various

Paddy Atkinson


Paddy has over 8 years of experience as an energy systems engineer. He specialises in electrical and mechanical systems with a particular focus on energy systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked in diverse environments on three continents, and draws from this breadth of experience to provide the most effective solutions to his clients' specific needs. Paddy also has extensive experience in project management, bringing a grounded and practical leadership approach to both corporate and third-sector initiatives. Paddy is originally from Australia where he completed a sustainable energy systems bachelor of engineering with first class honours.

Some examples of Paddy's work experience include: lead project engineer for energy efficiency for Palabora Mining expansion in South Africa; advisor to Queensland government for state wide energy efficiency and renewable energy project.

Within the UK, his experience includes: lead Scottish project engineer for the FP7 ORIGIN project, contracted by Heriot Watt University and University of Strathclyde; mechanical and electrical design engineer for Biomatrix Water.

Key Skills

  • Project management
  • Energy systems engineering
  • Design of renewable energy systems
  • Assessment and recommendation of energy efficiency interventions
  • Energy strategy
  • Design engineering
  • Investment Decisions and Financial Systems

Ashley Morrison


Ashley trained with a top 5 Accountancy firm in Edinburgh and has ten years' experience in the accountancy practice industry. She is a fully qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and just recently partnered with Stewart Accountancy.

She has a proven record of helping business reach their full potential, with experience ranging from small start-up businesses to much larger organisations turning over millions of pounds. She does this by getting know her clients and their business well, ensuring that there is a clear goal and target for them to work towards as a team. She believes that an accountant should be an integral part of your business, rather than an annual meeting to "tick the boxes".

Key Skills

  • Statutory Accounts
  • Corporation tax
  • Personal tax
  • General Business Advice
  • Bookkeeping
  • Cloud Software Specialist
  • Bookkeeping Implementation
  • VAT

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