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Saunders Energy Limited - About Us

The Company

Saunders Energy Limited is based in West Sussex, Great Britain and is dedicated to providing run of river and tidal electricity generators. Our factory is located at Littlehampton Marina providing easy access to our test facilities on The River Arun one of Britain’s fastest flowing rivers. 

“My heart is in leaving the planet better than I found it.  Saunders Energy Limited was set up in 2011 to bring small scale hydro-kinetic machines to market. The company has four Directors who are shareholders and other shareholders have also provided funds for the journey. We have a factory next to the River Arun where we carry out our test work.  The folk running Littlehampton Harbour are enthusiastic supporters and provide practical services to us including the use of a work boat fitted with a lifting frame to allow a PowerFrame to be installed and removed during test programmes.  We also have the best coffee for miles around!” 
Alan Saunders Managing Director.

Our People

Chairman - Neil Giles

Neil is the company Executive Chairman providing his experience to help drive the business forward and work on special projects.

He is also currently a Non-Executive for the global leadership team at Stop The Traffik and provides consultancy to Bolney Wine Estate and MPI (Holdings) Ltd.

Neil enjoyed a police career of 30 years, managing and leading several strategic portfolios and up to 600 investigators.

In 2006 Neil joining the new Serious Organised Crime Agency as Deputy Director and in 2010 Neil was appointed  Chief Operating Officer of CEOP (Child Exploitation and On Line Protection).

Neil retired from public service in 2011 to concentrate on his other business and charity interests. 

Managing Director - Alan Saunders

Alan is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and is the driving force behind our innovative designs.   He is a Mechanical Engineer with a degree from Brunel University.  From being an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Navy through several long term jobs managing new product development, Alan has been involved in bringing innovative products to market since the 1980s.  

Products have included solar walls, wind turbines, a water-balanced cliff railway and wind powered pumps for methane on waste sites. He has also designed an award winning vacuum pump and low energy ventilation products for major UK manufacturers. 

Alan has an unusual blend of engineering skills and knowledge along with commercial experience that is complemented by the other Directors giving the company a sound foundation on which to build.

Commercial Director – Mark Pratt

Mark started his working life as a commodity trader in London, trading rubber and seafood.

In 1995 Mark formed Marine Products International, a brokerage business for worldwide pelagic fish sales. 

MPI (Holdings) Ltd was formed by Mark in 2002 and currently has a turnover of £25 million per annum. 

In 2008 Mark planted a 15-acre vineyard to run alongside and supply grapes to Bolney Wine Estate; of which he is an Executive Director.

For Saunders Energy Limited, Mark brings his experience working with financial institutions and developing sales opportunities in the UK and Internationally.

Finance Director – John Bawler

John joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Bristol in 1966 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970. Over the next decade he was responsible for managing the audits of companies ranging from small family owned to international listed.  

In 1981 he moved out to Nairobi as an audit partner in the Kenyan practice with responsibility for local and international clients, returning to the UK as a partner in the Croydon office in 1987. 

Following several mergers the UK firm became PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and John's responsibilities as a partner was serving the audit and business advisory needs of mid-tier companies in the South East of England.  

He retired from PwC in 2003 and after seven years working full time for churches in Surrey and Durban, South Africa, he moved to West Sussex where he is a trustee of several charities and Treasurer of his large local church.  

As Finance Director John provides the business with his extensive financial and business experience.

Business Development Manager – Adrian Moss

Adrian has a long business development career in the marine and IT industry. Working in the UK and International he has worked with large PLCs and owner driven companies.

He is passionate about renewable energy and developing green solutions. At Saunders Energy Limited Adrian is responsible for managing our customer relationships and developing sales in the UK and Internationally.

Outside of work Adrian is involved in his local community and is an enthusiastic yacht owner based in Chichester Harbour.


The environmentally friendly water turbines are easy to install, providing a rapid investment payback.

In-stream and tidal power units offer predictable renewable energy that compliment solar and wind solutions.

With the growing demand for renewable energy solutions Saunders Energy Limited has invested considerable resources in designing highly efficient hydrokinetic energy systems that provide exceptional water to wire efficiency. 

Saunders Energy Limited is able to offer solutions for zero head, in-stream river installations and near-shore tidal sites.

As a design and manufacturing business we invest our expertise in the development of innovative systems that provide outstanding price performance.  

Our aim is help our clients gain from rapid carbon footprint reduction and advance their commitment to green energy.