Paddey joins as equity partner and CEO, with his renewable consultancy PADD Energy becoming part of Ogden’s clean energy portfolio.
The group’s other companies are Harrogate-based Think Renewable Energy, whose projects have included renewable energy schemes for John Lewis, Lightwater Valley, Beverley Racecourse and Fridlington farms in Yorkshire, and Free Biomass Solutions Ltd, which provides fully funded biomass solutions for businesses.
Paddey is a former managing partner of ERM and sat on the firm’s EMEA board, leading projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He has also worked as global practice leader for engineering firm Halcrow, part of CH2M HILL, where he was responsible for a 200-strong team with an annual revenue of over £20m.
Ogden Energy Group chairman John Ogden said the new structure would refocus the group’s businesses to provide a more technical solution for commercial solar and biomass customers.
John Ogden said: “Chris has worked in the power industry for more than 25 years, overseeing global projects and designing large scale power stations. His engineering skills and strategic approach will give us the capability to deliver major commercial and community energy projects alongside our other business energy services.”
He welcomed the addition of PADD Energy to the group, saying that it provided Ogden Energy with a consultancy arm to offer businesses practical advice on energy strategy including purchasing, efficiency and renewable technologies.
Paddey said he believed the group was now well positioned to become a leading provider of green energy in the UK.
He said: “The Ogden Energy Group is already a well-recognised name in the commercial clean energy market thanks to the success of Think Renewable Energy and this new structure will broaden its capabilities and appeal.”