Hailed by the Financial Times as a “Leading Green Entrepreneur,” David Hunt has been a prominent figure in environmental changes for the best part of two decades.
Specialized in the clean energy, electromobilityand Smart Cities sectors, David’s drive to accelerate these growing markets led to the formation of Hyperion Executive Search Ltd in 2014 cleantech sector. Since then, Hyperion has helped some of the world’s most innovative companies grow and thrive, including those backed by Bill Gates’ organization Breakthrough Energy.
David is a well-known speaker at industry events and seminars such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. He also hosts the Leaders in Cleantech Podcast, a platform where he invites experts from his network to share their journeys and insights.
Tell us about Hyperion – how did it start?
Before founding Hyperion, I ran a renewable energy installation company, but before that I also worked in recruitment. I’ve spent over 15 years building teams, absorbing everything about people, what motivates them to switch companies, how to lead them, and the conundrum of communicating with different personality types.
Combining this experience with the knowledge gained from working in the renewable energy field made me feel confident enough to start my own executive search company. It had to be niche because recruitment is very crowded. But if you have the skills and genuine interest in a specific area that is a good fit for the market, the barriers to entry are low.
What challenges have you encountered?
As long as there are people on the planet, they will need jobs, so there will always be plenty of opportunities in the recruitment sector. So the market is saturated and you need a USP to differentiate yourself. Time is also of the essence at this critical early stage; Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but with years of experience I would say I didn’t have to wait that long.
Your employees will always be another major challenge, whether in the start-up or scale-up phase. Hiring the right talent is just one essential part of success. How you onboard them, how you manage them, and how you keep them is critical to your business. Putting your people first is the key to success.
What challenges does the cleantech industry face?
According to PwC, the cleantech sector has grown by 3,750 percent in the last ten years. Our advances in space are positive for the environment, but the result is that we face labor shortages, with estimates that employment in the sector needs to rise to 100 million by 2050.
A lack of qualified personnel is the obstacle to investment and innovation. Therefore, we are facing a huge reskilling and upskilling project that will bring workers – those who manufacture and install solar panels and wind farms, who install EV infrastructure and large batteries, etc. – and white-collar workers – such as managers, operations, logistics and administrators – into the industry .
How can we avert a talent shortage crisis?
The solution lies in having both sides of the equation do their part to adapt – the workforce and the human resources. First, human capital is needed. The workforce has to learn as fast as the world is changing. As we stumble into new territory, we must continue to analyze and solve problems we have never encountered before. Second, HR must understand the scale of leveraging today’s technological innovation to unleash human potential.
At Hyperion Executive Search, we have long seen a shift in the workforce as talent from traditional oil & gas, automotive and many other sectors move to clean energy, mobility and technology to both secure jobs and make a positive contribution to do in the world. Importantly, you don’t need to have a renewable energy or cleantech background to enter the sector. Transferrable skills such as curiosity, creativity and collaboration cannot be underestimated.
What can we expect from Hyperion in the future?
Hyperion has helped grow some of the world’s most innovative cleantech companies, including several companies backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and we will continue to build on those accomplishments.
With offices in Liverpool, London, Munich and the US, the team now operates across EMEA and North America, addressing the challenges I have outlined. We have added Fully Charged Recruitment to our stable, which finds mid- to senior-level talent alongside Hyperion Executive Search, allowing us to support a greater number of clients and candidates, accelerate the transition and count transferrable skills. But there is still a lot to do.
https://techround.co.uk/interviews/david-hunt-founder-ceo-of-hyperion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=david-hunt-founder-ceo-of-hyperion Meet David Hunt, Founder and CEO of the cleantech executive search firm: Hyperion