About Us

Hydromatch Consulting (previously Pico Energy Ltd) was founded by hydropower engineer Dr Phil Maher in 2005 to provide professional services for hydro scheme design and installation.

Phil Maher BEng MSc PhD 
Managing Director

Phil has fifteen years experience of design and implementation of a wide range of hydropower systems for both grid connected and off-grid situations. He is a qualified engineer with PhD in the optimised scheme design and has lead scheme installations in a number of countries. In addition to the UK, countries of hydropower project experience include Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Colombia and Peru. Phil has a proven track record of managing multiple contractors and delivering successful projects for both public and private sector clients.

HerthaHertha Wood MEng (Hons)                  
Project Engineer

Hertha has a First Class Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy from the University of Edinburgh. Since joining the team in 2011, she has adopted key roles in the delivery of the engineering consultancy and implementation services. Hertha has recently been delivering training courses in micro hydro and takes a leading role in planning future business. She also has considerable experience with stakeholder and community engagement with renewable energy projects.  Hertha is a founding director and Secretary of Exeter Community Energy.

DanDaniel Hodges FdSc                               
Software Engineer

Dan is the resident IT guru and sage on how life, at least in a virtual sense, will look in the future. He has been providing visionary guidance since joining the company in 2006. His diverse list of roles includes programmer, CAD technician, IT support, App development, and Hydro Engineer. When not writing code or extolling the virtues of Linux, he is brushing up on his Kung Fu moves and reciting a little Norwegian.