Dale Vince

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Dale Vince OBE
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Born (1961-08-29) 29 August 1961 (age 53)[1]
Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Residence Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1961–present
Known for Ecotricity owner & chairman of Forest Green Rovers
Salary £60,000
Spouse(s) Kate Vince [2]
Children 3[3]

Dale Vince, OBE is a "Green Energy" tycoon,[4] former New Age traveller,[5] and British industrialist who has become noteworthy as the outspoken[6] owner of the Green electricity company Ecotricity.[7] He is a vegan.


  • 1977 Dropped out of school aged 15
  • 1980s Spent a decade as a ‘New Age’ traveller - I have been concerned about sustainability issues since I was young. After leaving school, I wanted to pursue an alternative, low-impact way of life. I spent a decade living off-grid, generating the power I needed through a self-made windmill. [8]
  • 1991 saw first windfarm -I thought, either I can carry on by myself with the windmill on my van, or I can get into the big stuff.[9]
  • 1995 Founded the Renewable Energy Company
  • 1996 Built first windmill in Gloucestershire and started supplying “green electricity”
  • 1997 Attended Kyoto Summit[10]


In 2010 he became a major shareholder of Forest Green Rovers F.C.[11]

Three months after joining the club as a majority shareholder, Vince became the club chairman.[12]

In February 2011, Rovers players were banned from eating red meat for health reasons, and a few weeks later the sale of all red meat products was banned at the club's football ground, leaving only vegetarian options as well as free-range poultry and fish from sustainable stocks.[13][14][15]

Vince has also introduced a number of different eco-friendly developments at the club including the installation of solar panels[16] on its New Lawn home ground, the use of a solar powered robot grass mower[17] plus the creation of the world's first organic football pitch.[18]


Vince received an OBE from the Queen for services to the environment in 2004 and a Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in 2013[19]


  1. ^ Flintoff, John-Paul (27 May 2011). "Power to the people: Dale Vince, green energy pioneer". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  2. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/fameandfortune/4178447/Dale-Vince-UFOs-alternative-energy-and-money.html
  3. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/10010576/Eco-millionaire-fights-ex-wifes-claim-for-maintenance-20-years-after-divorce.html
  4. ^ http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/05/dale_vince_of_ecotricity.php
  5. ^ "Dale Vince: "The police should be better than us" - Leadership :: Real Business - The Champion of UK Enterprise". Real Business. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  6. ^ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/17/ecotricity_asa_slap/
  7. ^ http://zerocarbonista.com/about-this-blog/
  8. ^ http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/stories/how-an-off-grid-hippie-built-a-wind-energy-empire
  9. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/dale-vince-tilting-at-windmills-how-to-turn-the-uk-green-2257801.html
  10. ^ http://www.theengineer.co.uk/energy-and-environment/in-depth/dale-vince-founder-and-ceo-of-ecotricity/1017275.article
  11. ^ "ENERGY firm Ecotricity will today confirm they are joining forces with Forest Green Rovers". Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Dale Vince becomes Forest Green chairman". BBC Sport. 9 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Burger ban begins at Forest Green Rovers football club". BBC News. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Forest Green Rovers' vegan owner bans burgers, sausages and pies". Daily Mail (London). 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Veggie Burgers on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday". YouTube. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Forest Green Rovers football club installs solar panels". BBC News. 4 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Robot lawn mower used by Forest Green Rovers football club". BBC News. 21 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Forest Green Rovers spread manure on football pitch". BBC News. 15 June 2011. 
  19. ^ http://recruitment.glos.ac.uk/latestnews/archive/prFrom2013/August2013/Pages/UniversityAnnouncesHonoraryDoctoratesandFellowships.aspx