Non-Executive Director

Public Power Solutions Ltd (PPS) is a company wholly-owned by Swindon Borough Council which has been setup to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of power and waste.

Our Power Team works across the UK public sector to help organisations realise their renewable energy aspirations, helping to create new revenue streams and benefit local communities. The Power Solutions Team have delivered over 90MW of solar in the UK and have a pipeline of new projects which include solar development and battery storage for a wide range of public sector clients. The renewable energy market is undergoing a period of rapid change, which is resulting in a move away from traditional grid connected solar, a move towards private wire solar development, and battery storage projects. PPS is at the forefront of this change and will have its first storage scheme live during 2017/18. PPS is also developing new services in the areas of district energy and sustainable transport.

Our Waste Solutions Team manages Swindon Council’s waste disposal Contract. In 2013, PPS pioneered a unique technology in the UK to convert household waste to a renewable fuel that can replace traditional fossil fuels and divert waste previously destined for landfill. The fuel is currently shipped from the UK and used across Europe which to PPS, is a temporary solution; our next priority is to find a technological solution which will enable the fuel to be used locally to produce energy.

PPS is an ambitious and forward thinking organisation; this is evident through the delivery of many UK firsts’, including the development of one of the largest grid connected solar farm at Wroughton Science Museum, the UK’s first solar farm funded by Council Solar bonds, the first green energy innovative ISA at Chapel Solar Farm and the first Solid Recovered Fuel Plant which uses household waste as its primary feedstock. We are passionate about our social roots; this is evident in our business model which is focused on delivering renewable energy solutions to the public sector. Despite our social grounding, the company is firmly focused on business success, and is at the forefront of new emerging technologies and markets across both waste and power.

In order to continue to meet these challenges, PPS is seeking to appoint two Independent Non-Executive Directors to the Board. One of these candidates will also take the role of Board Chair.

We are seeking candidates who have broad exposure in leading strategy development, and have experience in identifying and introducing emerging technologies and new business opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a Board and Company that is at the forefront of innovation and emerging technologies, and is an opportunity to provide social benefits through our ownership and target market.

Time Commitment:

The anticipated time commitment is a minimum of 15 days per year with a 3-year term (after which the appointment may be renewed). This will include attendance at a monthly Board Meeting, Chairing and attending Sub-Committee Meetings and attendance at an annual Board Away Day.


Total remuneration is in the region of £10,000 per annum. This will include a day rate payment for attendance at Board Meetings, Sub-Committee Meetings and other meetings as dictated by the role and a one-off annual payment for Chairing the Board and Sub-Committee Meetings. NEDs are compensated for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the role, these will be paid in-line with HMRC guidelines.

Candidate Requirements:

Candidates will have some or all the following attributes:

  • Experience of Chairing a Board
  • Senior Executive and / or Non-Executive experience at Board Level
  • Senior experience in a commercial business environment
  • Exposure and understanding of emerging technologies in either waste and / or power
  • An ability to bring independent judgement on key strategic issues, commercial challenge and new ideas on emerging technologies and market entry.
  • An understanding of the market and how to unlock opportunities
  • An understanding of accounting and finance, including the ability to read and interpret a set of accounts
  • Ability to work with a range of stakeholders including the public-sector clients, political parties, and the commercial sectors including delivery partners and funders.


If you would like to apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to:


Site & Plant Maintenance Mechanic/ Technician

This role is responsible for delivering the daily maintenance requirements for the company’s mobile plant and vehicles. The role requires an experienced engineer who will complete fault diagnosis, repairs and complete planned and reactive maintenance, routine daily inspections and servicing on mobile plant, vehicles, and other ancillary plant machinery where applicable.

The role will also include fault diagnosis and repair of Electrical systems, Engine systems, Transmissions and Hydraulics.

The role will also be expected to assist in other areas of maintenance of static plant subject to work loads and business requirements.

Key Accountabilities:

  1. Responsible for the day to day maintenance of mobile plant and vehicles.
  2. Responsible for the repair and maintenance of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical faults.
  3. Ensuring that all plant and vehicles are safe to operate
  4. To carryout planned and reactive maintenance on all mobile plant and vehicles and to identify / rectify faults to ensure that they are safe to use and operational
  5. To carry out daily auditing of driver check sheets and report defects, trouble shooting, housekeeping and H&S to ensure defects are follow-up and rectified
  6. To liaise with mobile plant suppliers on a weekly basis, reporting hours and booking vehicle services and repairs, liaising with production teams to ensure minimal impact on daily operations.
  7. To use the company’s CMMS system to receive work and to update when work has been completed. To also record any stock items which have been used.
  8. To have an awareness and appreciation of the Company’s responsibilities under the Operators Licence
  9. To ensure that the mobile plant and vehicles are up to date with the relevant statutory inspections such as LOLER and PUWER Regulations
  10. Ensure Health & Safety and Environmental standards and targets are met and maintained whilst completing any maintenance and repairs to mobile plant and vehicles.
  11. To liaise with Managers and Production Supervisors to minimise operational downtime caused by Mobile plant
  12. Ensure that all the defect reporting and pro-active checks are noted within the planned preventative maintenance CMMS system and followed through to completion.
  13. A willingness to learn and develop new skills from the wider engineering team.
  14. Determine and communicate any training requirements for plant operatives to ensure the mobile plant is used and maintained appropriately.
  15. To provide general maintenance to the wider static plant to cover holidays, sickness and when there is a requirement for additional resource.
  16. Comply with all policies and procedures of the company at all times.
  17. Ensure all the property and equipment you use is cleaned, maintained and not damaged.
  18. Keep a log of all faults and repairs in an auditable manner and communicate to other members of the team via handover and email documents.
  19. Organise and prioritise your work to complete both planned and reactive maintenance in a timely manner.
  20. Work with the maintenance shift manager to archive KPI’s (key performance indictors), personal deadlines and those of the whole department when required.

Knowledge and/ or Experience (Minimum Desired):

  • BTEC, NVQ, City & Guilds certificate or a recognised time served apprenticeship in maintenance engineering, mechanical engineering or other relevant engineering discipline.
  • Experience in maintaining industrial heavy mobile plant such as articulated shovel loaders, material handlers, fork trucks, and telehandlers.
  • Manufacturer knowledge of Liebherr, Heli, JCB brands.
  • Understanding of maintenance and engineering processes and techniques.
  • Understanding of mobile plant manuals and engineering drawings and schematics.
  • A wide transport background experience
  • Good time keeping and attendance record.
  • High level of numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Ability to work in a busy environment whilst ensuring the highest standards of accuracy.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Flexible approach to work / willingness to be part of a rota for weekend callout
  • A willingness to learn new skills is essential.
  • Knowledge of maintenance CMMS software packages.
  • Basic IT skills (word/excel)

Knowledge and Experience (Preferred):

  • Knowledge of welding would be advantageous.
  • A basic understanding of the Waste Management Licence.
  • Trained in health & Safety and Hold an IOSH/NEBOSH or equivalent safety certificate.
  • Trained on MEWP/Forklift/Confined space/COSHH.
  • Full UK driving License.

Decision Making:

  • To make decisions on the maintenance requirements for the mobile plant and vehicle including planned and emergency.
  • To make decisions on the requirement to take mobile plant out of use should there be a need for emergency maintenance.
  • An ability to manage customer complaints and enquiries.

Emotional Demands of the job:

  • Working in an environment which is processing household waste
  • Unpleasant environment
  • Pressurised environment to ensure optimum uptime
  • Occasional night shifts

Creativity and Innovation:

  • Ability to offer suggestions and improvements for the Company.
  • Ability to develop management information reports and interpret data as required.

Salary £26,161 – £29,778 pa dependant on experience

If you would like to apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter to:

The success and strength of a company relies significantly on the people within it. This is especially true for PPS which prides ourselves on employing highly motivated individuals who share our desire and commitment for quality.

We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified, enthusiastic and talented candidates.

If you would like to forward your CV for future consideration, please contact us.