Dave Hailes 1969-2021

It is with enormous sadness that we have to announce Leading Edge Power’s Managing Director, Dave Hailes, passed away on 15th November after a short illness. He will be greatly missed, not only as a work colleague but also as a long standing personal friend to all of us within our close knit team.

Dave worked for Leading Edge for over 9 years, 6 of which were as Managing Director. Under his leadership, the business changed from a small wind turbine manufacturer to broaden its product range and becoming a world class supplier of off-grid power systems with an enviable client list.

Neil Kerr, Chairman of Leading Edge commented: “Dave and I worked together for nearly 10 years – he was the most modest yet able of men. His quiet professionalism won over customers around the world, establishing long lasting relationships. Dave had that rare combination of engineering expertise and the ability to connect with customers, taking time to understand their requirements and then designing a bespoke solution for them.

“One by one Dave re-engineered all of our products with the goal of creating world-class, resilient products that can be used in the harshest environments. He was proud to have customers from all corners of the world; we have now exported to over 60 countries from the high Arctic to Antartica. Whenever an order came from a country we’d never supplied before, he’d produce one of his trademark ear to ear smiles ”.

With a BEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, Dave had long been passionate about how renewable energy was a force for good.

Another passion was sporting trials - Dave loved to tinker with his off-road 2-wheel drive trials car and compete around the country in BTRDA events where the skill was in momentum, throttle control and choice of line rather than speed in completing the course! Another love was classic motorbikes – every year he travelled to the Isle of Man Grand Prix.

Dave’s constant companion was Meg, our ‘office dog’ often to be found sitting under his desk. They both enjoyed country walks in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. His funeral will be held on 14th December, 12.15 at Hereford Crematorium; donations please to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, supporting the purchase of Ail Meadow, near to where Dave lived.

David Sully, previously Managing Director at GB Sol, is now heading up Leading Edge as Acting Managing Director.

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