RAW Charging confirms new CFO appointment

RAW Charging has confirmed the appointment of Nick de Mestre as chief financial officer (CFO).

The developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions and infrastructure has appointed Mestre from FTSE100 property company Landsec. He will support the growth of RAW following a successful capital fundraise and optimise its £250 million EV installation plan.

The appointment will also help accelerate the company’s installation pipeline of 10,000 charging points in the next three years with the expectation to have more than 1,000 charging points operating by December 2022.

Mestre previously operated as head of investment for Landsec’s London Portfolio, a role he attained in 2017, and recently became a member of the group executive committee with responsibility for strategy, research, sustainability and data.

“I am excited to be joining RAW Charging at such a pivotal moment,” Mestre said.

“The team has delivered significant growth in a short period of time, and I look forward to using my experience to help take the business to the next level.”

The appointment of Mestre is the latest in RAW’s expansion of its operating team. In July, the firm internally promoted Andy Gray, who moved from ground control to general manager. Steve Holmes also joined the company from Clarke EV as programme director.

Paul Booth joined the company as business development director from Shell Ubitricity.

RAW also confirmed it was expanding its wider team, with Helen Masters joining from EB Charging and Nash Ansar from Shell Ubitricity. These appointments were made in order to accelerate the growth of its EV installation rollout and command a greater share of the UK market.

“We are delighted to have Nick joining as CFO of RAW Charging. Nick’s expertise in the energy and property sectors will help us as we continue to deliver EV charging across the UK and Europe. Nick is an excellent addition to the team, and we look forward to working with him,” said Bruce Galliford, CEO of RAW Charging.

Last year, RAW confirmed it was set to install and operate EV charging equipment for Aviva Investors at over 60 UK sites, with the potential for a further 240. These sites included retail, commercial and industrial assets in the Aviva Investors managed portfolio, with 21 charging points already having been installed at six sites.

A further 16 sites had also been added to the immediate 2021 pipeline, with each site being equipped with a mix of AC fast chargers and DC rapid chargers where appropriate.

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