Meet the MD: Mark Bannister of Eclipse Energy

Meet the MD: Mark Bannister of Eclipse Energy

Mark Bannister has worked in the construction industry for his entire career, from starting out as an apprentice joiner to his current role as business development director. He talked to BQ about his career so far.

What does your role include? 

As Business Development Director, my role encompasses the day to day running of the business and staff management. I would say the most significant role I play is making sure that the right people are in the right place doing the right things


What is it the company does?

Eclipse Energy was formed in early 2011 predominantly focusing on solar power, renewable energy and central heating systems. We were then approached by a funding partner for one of the top national utility companies to help deliver upgrades to low income households that would benefit most from these improvements. Since then we’ve expanded our services with other utility companies to implement their energy company obligations. We also work with business and homeowners providing cost effective energy solutions from heating to solar power.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I left school to be an apprentice joiner and have been in construction all of my working life, from hands on work to the management side.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

A great leader is also a great listener. Being able to listen and understand are incredibly important. You also have to be involved, be prepared to do what you are asking others to do for you. Lead by example.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

The biggest challenge in my current position has been the uncertainty surrounding any government led scheme, which can change from budget to budget.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I am a big fan of sport, although more watching than playing nowadays. I watch most sports on TV, particularly football, rugby league and one-day cricket. The best thing I find to take my mind off work entirely is spending time with my grandson.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually wanted to be a carpenter, so working in joinery was the dream job for me!


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about them?

As much as my own desk gets fairly untidy, I hate to see an untidy desk. Cleanliness in general is incredibly important to me in the company, from desks to vans out on the road.
I think communication is important in business as well, all of my staff know to be responsive with their customers as it’s a key part of providing a service.


Where do you see the company in five years’ time?

Over the coming years I can see us working more and more with utility companies helping to bring people out of fuel poverty. We’d also like to continue growing the domestic retail side of the business. We have already taken steps to make sure this happens by investing in new staff, new products and a state of the art CRM system.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Make sure to take time out. It’s important to do your research and due diligence, but always make sure to take time for yourself.