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Team Members

Mike Leece chairman of Water Powered Technologies

Michael J Leece CEng CMarEng


Mike is a professional engineer with in excess of fifty years  in the global marine sector where he has held a number of senior appointments in both Executive and Non Executive Director roles. Mike will lead the board in the development of the strategy of the company and once agreed ensure delivery is achieved.  In parallel he will ensure arrangements for appropriate governance are in place to match the growth plans of the organisation

Phil Selwyn Cornish inventor of Papa ram pump

Phil Selwyn

Inventor, Founder and Technical Director.

Phil has enjoyed making mechanical devices from an early age. He became particularly interested in energy efficient technology in his teens and since then has been involved in the study and
development of innovative low energy power and water solutions. Phil had set up businesses to develop his innovations and progressed the Papa Pump and related technology since the ‘90’s.

Hugh Swire WPT Team Director

Hugh Swire

Commercial Director

Hugh graduated from Oxford University with a degree in modern and classical Chinese and has since worked for Mahon China, Nomura (Tokyo) and JP Morgan (London) in the financial sector.
Hugh became Commercial Director in 2011 and represents Water Powered Technologies’ commercial interests in both the UK and worldwide

Ellen Hockin WPT Team admin

Ellen Hockin

Sales Support Manager

Ellen has over thirty years combined administration and retail experience, and has worked alongside Founder and Technical Director, Phil Selwyn since 1997. Contact Ellen for all
invoice/admin/general enquiries - if she cannot help, she will know someone who can.


Design Manager

Since his apprenticeship with General Motors began in 1969, Brian now has 45 years experience in Mechanical Engineering Design and is highly proficient in Solidworks 3D CAD and Luxology Modo 3D modelling, animating and rendering software. Brian also looks after the company IT

Joseph Toland

Joseph Toland

Tidal Power Consultant

Following a long varied career as an engineer in the RAF, Joseph was able to turn his engineering abilities to designing rubber based structural solutions and also developed a novel machine to remove beading from tyres allowing the economic recycling of car and commercial vehicle tyres for use within his and other products. His knowledge of aerodynamics and structures led to the Jetstream lagoon concept which WPT are developing to maximise the efficiency and longevity potential of this exciting new tidal power technology.

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Simon Hall

Field Engineer

Simon trained in construction at Bott, running the spot welding bay. He has also experienced in mechanical engineering, mainly air conditioning and pipe fitting.  His varied experience has also included carpentry, electrical work and general building. He is now putting his extensive experience to work with Papa Pumps.

Graham Meadows WPT Team marketing manager

Graham Meadows

Marketing Manager

After qualifying with a degree in Graphic Design, Graham worked for a large independent retailer as Advertising Manager, involved in the production of all design for print, POS, plus radio
and television commercials. Since 1999 he as run is own design and print business.

Australian WPT team member Heather Selwyn

Heather Selwyn

Sustainability Manager

Heather started her career in the nuclear industry which led to specialisation of safety and risk management in Europe and Australia. She developed these skills and has advised extensively within the aviation and nuclear sectors. She currently lives with her husband and family in Australia, is a keen enthusiast and advocate for renewable energy and is an energy coach. Heather is also the WPT distributor for Australasia where her knowledge of energy and engineering are well placed in advising individuals and corporations alike.

Corporate Advisers

Ian Stevens WPT Team chairman

I. Stevens
International Strategic Consultant

Having considerable interest in progressive low-carbon solutions, and in particular in smart technology offering step-change to traditional and outdated methods, he has gained considerable international corporate and entrepreneurial experience. His post-graduate research has been published by the ACCA. He has an LL.M and MBA from Portsmouth Business School, and an M.Res from Birkbeck, University of London.

Stephen Craske WPT patent adviser

Stephen Craske
Patent Adviser

In more than 35 years as a patent consultant, Stephen has helped businesses to grow and prosper by protecting their inventions, brand names and product designs. With a degree in physiology, Stephen is a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney and has a broad practical experience in engineering, computing and electronics.

Huw Robson WPT adviser

Huw Robson
Design and Innovation Adviser

Huw has many years experience heading design and technology projects with companies such as Philips and Hewlett Packard, where he managed teams in the UK, North America, Spain and Japan. He recently worked with the US Government ‘Design Programme’ where he advises technology and engineering businesses. Huw is a visiting professor at the University of West of England and fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce as well as a member of the Royal Photographic Society. He is passionate about innovation and design and is committed to the development of sustainable technologies.

Ian Jenkins WPT Team, China and Hong Kong

Ian Jenkins
Manufacturing Adviser

Ian has expertise in mechanical engineering and extensive knowledge of the UK water industry and standards. He has been involved in the manufacture and export of water industry products from Asia for 25 years and resides in Hong Kong and China. His fluent understanding of the Chinese language and range of manufacturing industries assists in developing and supporting our valued Asian relationships.

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