A former nuclear submariner and now Chief Executive of BESA (Building Engineering Services Association)
Frequent speaker on energy efficiency, system integration, government energy and low carbon initiatives and the gap between design and performance in buildings.
Dr Alex Buckman
Alex is technical lead for the delivery of major projects in the networks and energy storage area. He leads the definition and development of new analytical capabilities using a whole energy systems approach.
Mark Neller is a Director at Arup with over twenty years’ experience working in the energy sector, specialising in gas and electricity transmission and distribution. He has recently become the UKIMEA Energy Leader.
Issy Middleton is a Programme Manager and works at Northern Powergrid. During her time at Northern Powergrid Issy has contributed by defining, initiating and delivering complex and diverse enterprise-wide programmes of change. These have encompassed regulatory, IT and process change to improve or introduce key capabilities – DUoS billing, CRM and Smart Metering. Issy is accountable directly to the Head of Smart Metering and Policy & Markets Director.
Chris is one of Homelync’s co-founders and is responsible for product development, marketing and sales. With a background in technology strategy, advisory and commercialisation, Chris was previously a management consultant in the energy sector but more recently was a director at a high growth AI company where responsibilities included business development, marketing and fundraising.
Paul is an intelligent buildings expert. He has been involved in engineering since he was 16, beginning as an apprentice. Starting in the aircraft industry, in maintenance and later R&D. Then 20 years living in continental Europe, working in the construction sector concentrating in all aspects of renewables, intelligent technologies and low energy building techniques. Returning to the UK in to 2012, he completed a Masters in Architecture and the built environment, and has worked in project management and business development.
Now, as KNX Business Manager for Theben UK, and President of the KNX UK Association, he believes in the positive impact that properly designed, fully integrated building automation technology can have for the health, wellbeing and sustainability of both a building and those using it
Tom has spent the last 8 years working with organisations to help develop business strategies focused on innovative commercial models, predominantly in the low energy building sector. These have included transitioning from product to service offerings, supply chain development and technical feasibility studies.
Further to completing his MSc Energy Policy at Imperial College, he is now part of the Energy System Catapult’s Business Model Innovation team. Current projects include the development of a managed heat service business model for a mine water heat network scheme in south Wales.
Ken Hunnisett has spent the last 25 years arranging asset and infrastructure finance for central and local government bodies and is the head of public sector finance at Triple Point.
Ken also leads Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management; a multi-disciplinary team comprised of in-house expertise and external engineers, accountants, and lawyers all with deep sector specialisms. The team are the delivery partner to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the Heat Network Investment Project, a £320m fund to accelerate growth in the decarbonised heat sector.
Ian is a building researcher, specialising in the field of building performance in relation to occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Since 2008, he has been a senior member of the technical team supporting the governments of England and Wales in developing the revisions to their respective Building Regulations. Ian is technical lead for Part F (ventilation) and for the building fabric components for Part L (conservation of fuel and power), in relation to airtightness standards and performance specifications for thermal elements. He is also tasked with developing formal guidance for reducing the performance gap and improving levels of compliance.
Oliver is Founder of Oliver Heath Design Ltd, an architectural and interior design practice; focussed on delivering health & wellbeing in the built environment through evidenced based human centred design. Oliver’s work stimulates the adoption of happier, healthier places to live and work through his projects as designer, writer, and TV presenter.
Since 1998 he has presented on numerous television channels for shows such as BBC Changing Rooms and BBC DIY SOS, ITV and Channel 4. He frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), WRAP and the Energy Saving Trust.
Richard has worked in the Department for Education since 1987. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and founding Member of the CIBSE Schools Design Group. He advises the DfE Design Team on engineering design and technical building issues. Also he advises on engineering design and premises related health and safety issues.
Dr. Claire Holman
Claire has wide experience of air quality management developed over a 35 year career. She chaired the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) from 2015 to 2019, and currently chairs the IAQM indoor Air Quality Committee. Claire ha) degree in molecular sciences and a PhD for research into air pollution. She is Director of Brook Cottage Consultants, which she established in 2013, and previously led the European air quality practice of the global environmental consultancy ENVIRON, now part of the Ramboll Group.
Dushyant has a degree in Architecture from the University of Pune and an Honours degree in Construction Management from Glasgow Caledonian University, London. He has worked on a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial projects in India. He has a special interest in low energy building and services design. Dushyant joined Enhabit in 2017 and is part of its Building physics and Ventilation design team. He has worked on several low energy retrofits and Passivhaus projects within the UK. His core skills include energy modelling, airtightness strategies for retrofits and newbuilds, ventilation system design, mechanical services design, and thermal bridge analysis.
Marzia is head of customer policy and strategy for Kaluza. Kaluza is a technology company working to enable energy retailers to deliver on the promise of decarbonisation. Prior to joining Kaluza, Marzia worked for the World Energy Council as the Director of Innovation. She spent most of her 22 year career in California working for the California Public Utilities Commission and also for Sempra Energy. Marzia’s passion is to figure out the right products and propositions that will transition captive ratepayers into engaged customers.
A Business Development Manager for Danfoss District heating in the UK. In the last 4 years she has established a keen interest and knowledge in the world of Heat Networks and has built a solid foundation of the fundamentals required through design, installation and operation of an efficient heat network. In the last 6 months she has been working closely with the development team to roll out a number of software based solutions that will optimise and control heat networks and buildings to reduce carbon emissions and save money for building operators that can be used to fund retrofit projects within their buildings. Working best in a collaborative environment, taking guidance and advise from peers, Soulla works on solid solutions for each individual project as it is proposed.
Curtis joined Cundall in 2019 and has contributed to the sustainability team’s ongoing research into Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in the workplace and managed several ongoing monitoring projects.
As part of Cundall’s Sustainability team, he’s involved in certification and compliance work (i.e. WELL/BREEAM/FitWel), health and wellbeing reviews, material assessments and developing bespoke cooperate and development sustainability frameworks for various clients.
He is an Environmental Health/Chemistry PhD candidate from the University of Birmingham and also a member of the CIBSE knowledge generation panel and air-quality working group.
Justin Bere founded bere:architects in 1994 and has over 30 years’ experience as an architect.
Bere:architects is a pioneer of Passive House buildings – both new-build and retrofit. Justin defines
design quality as science and art in harmony. He’s passionate about the art, and feels a deep
responsibility to do the science. The practice carries out project-based R+D work; urgently seeking
solutions that respond to the environmental challenges that we face. The practice’s completed R+D
work has included collaboration on academic and peer-reviewed research papers which provided
reassurance of the very high standard of health, comfort and energy performance of their buildings.
Bere:architects has won four RIBA design awards for its completed buildings.
As an Architect who specialises in Low energy Eco Homes, Alan likes nothing more than to combine his Architectural skills with his environmental knowledge to develop houses into Fun, healthy, ecologically sound, low carbon homes. Alan is a Chartered Architect, and Certified European Passivhaus Designer. Alan started Eco Design Consultants in 2008 by combining his experience of housing, modern methods of construction & environmental design. He was the architect for Stewart Milne’s Sigma Home, at the BRE innovation park in Watford and designed one of the UK’s most airtight Passivhaus’s for Milton Keynes Parks Trust, a full Passivhaus retrofit in London, and the third certified Passivhaus Plus house in the UK. He also enjoyed his role as sustainability lecturer for students of Architecture at Birmingham University, and is currently a director of a Co-housing group in Milton Keynes.
Nick is Director of Property Services for Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. He is responsible for all operational property and estate management for Grosvenor’s London estate. 300 acres of prime retail, office and residential properties in Mayfair & Belgravia. He is passionate about sustainability; everything from recycling and cycling to work to bee and chicken keeping!
Ranked among the Top 3 Media Influencers in Sustainability worldwide, Jim McClelland is a writer, editor and speaker, specialising in business and the built environment. With a background in publishing and events, he writes regularly for special reports published in The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers, plus enjoys a strong profile on social media as Brand Ambassador for SustMeme and the Top 500 rankings
As Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA), Jade engages with the development of a range of energy efficiency policies and is dedicated to the decarbonisation of homes and buildings.
She joined the SEA with a wealth of experience within a policy and regulatory affairs capacity after working with Government, Parliament, and industry at the heart of some of the biggest challenges facing the sustainable energy and construction sectors.
Having experienced the good and bad of political interventions over the past decade whilst the climate emergency has worsened, Jade recognises just how important it is to bring industry and policymakers together to design effective policy. Her efforts in engaging with policymakers has been dedicated to driving improvement in the performance of buildings to enhance the wellbeing of occupants and minimise the long-term impact of our built environment on the planet.
Huw is a Principal Engineer and the lead consultant on district heating at global sustainability consultancy, Anthesis Group. A Chartered Energy Engineer and Chair of the CIBSE CHP and District Heating group, he has been working in the district heating industry for a number of years.
Huw is recognised as one of the UK’s leading luminaries in the district and low carbon heating market and is regularly consulted by both industry bodies and government on the technicalities of communal and District Heating, CHP and other renewable heating systems, as well as the development of projects and of policy.
Keith Ritchie is a Non-executive director of Beama Limited, the leading trade association which represents manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and systems in the UK. Keith is also Chairman of the Beama Ventilation Management Group, representing UK ventilation equipment manufacturers, which has sponsored the Healthy Homes and Buildings All Party Parliamentary Group since 2016. Beama contributed extensively to the publication of the White Paper on Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings published by the APPG in October 2018 and to the APPG’s activities since then to date, including events in Parliament.
Keith Ritchie was appointed Executive Chairman of Titon Holdings in July 2012. Titon Holdings is a leading ventilation company in the United Kingdom and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Titon manufactures in the UK and sells a range of passive and mechanical ventilation products in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Mr Ritchie holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Exeter and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Bobbie Milligan is a project manager for Colloide engineering who’s primary role is working on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of district heating technologies including Heat Pumps, CHP’s, Solar technologies and Thermal Stores for Colloide Engineering in the UK and Ireland.
He has a keen interest in the Energy Generation sector and the growing need for stable low/zero emissions generation especially in the UK and Ireland/N. Ireland where district heating remains underutilised
Jeremy Yapp began his professional life managing an independent retail business. He worked for some years in the Australian Parliament and then in several energy and environment policy areas in the UK Civil Service. For BEAMA he represents the supply chain of smart metering and smart data, IoT, distributed energy storage and EV infrastructure.
Will Kirkman is the managing director and a co-owner of Ecomerchant – a sustainable builder’s merchant. Ecomerchant is an independent, employee-owned business with a significant shareholding owned by a charitable foundation. Will is a writer and speaker who has been actively involved in promoting green construction for over 25 years.
Will has worked in civil engineering supply, renewable energy generation, waste management and construction material supply. Motivated by the prospect of delivering real change and reducing our impact on the environment, Will’s focus has always been on enabling practical projects through distribution and uptake of proven (and often innovative) products, especially natural and sustainable materials.
With over 25 years experience in manufacturing and R&D, John leads the system design, product development and customer support for Stiebel Eltron UK. He is Chairman of both the Domestic Heat Pump Association and the BEAMA Electric Space and water heating group .
He was awarded the Contribution to Energy Efficiency Award 2013 by the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Awards.
Mark has been working in the heating industry for 35 years and had a number of roles with product designers and manufactures. Including hardware and software development for condensing boilers, Systems Engineering, supporting Ground Source and Air source heat pumps solutions. Product Management for renewables and commercial systems and is now Systems and Future Product Portfolio Manager.
In this current role with Vaillant Group, Mark is working close with Government and the Trade Associations to translate the Government ambition to Net Zero into product and systems proposals for installers and consumers.
Matthew joined ABB in September 2020 as Director of Business Development for Building solutions across EMEA region. He has a rich background in building technology solutions for private and public sectors spanning transport, health and public sector verticals.
Matthew graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Technology Business Development and IT and a post graduate certificate in management. He is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Associate Member of the institute of Building Services Engineering (ACIBSE) specialising in mechanical HVAC and building management systems and is also a member of the institute of Health Care Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM),
Tilly Shaw is an Associate Director with the energy management consultancy ETS. She has fifteen years’ experience in the energy and environment sector and has a strong record in carbon reporting and technical energy analysis. Recently she has specialised in using data-led monitoring and targeting to drive savings for a number of large multi-site clients, ranging from supermarkets to care homes. A physicist with a Masters in building services engineering, Tilly is a CIBSE qualified ESOS Lead Assessor and a Low Carbon Consultant, as well as a registered practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Rebecca explores new business models in energy, supporting innovators to take advantage of the clean growth opportunity. She helps organisations to mitigate risk by adapting business models as well as those launching new products and services. In a former role, Rebecca grew a small business by identifying new revenue streams and opportunities to improve net profits. Rebecca has a keen interest in sustainable energy systems, she studied Geography at the University of Oxford, is currently studying towards an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems and is also a Board Member for the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership.
Dr Marcella Ucci
Dr Ucci’s research focuses on the interactions and tensions between sustainable building design/operation and occupant comfort, health and wellbeing. Her expertise includes building performance monitoring and modelling, evaluation of indoor air quality (especially biological such as dust mites), active design, and operational aspect of buildings – especially occupant behaviour.
She is one of the Housing theme leads for the ActEarly Project awarded £6.6 million by UKPRP and led by Prof John Wright, which will provide research-ready, people-powered and data-linked test beds to co-produce, implement and evaluate novel early life interventions to prevent disease and reduce inequalities.
Simon’s career runs into the best part of 30 years’ in energy, construction and related sectors. He is currently the Chief Executive of TrustMark, which connects consumers with competent, vetted tradespeople to work in or around their homes.
Following the implementation of findings from the Each Home Counts (EHC) Review, TrustMark has expanded this remit to include Repair, Maintenance & Improvement (RMI); Retrofit and Energy Efficiency Measures to enhance the protection and choice available to consumers wanting to improve the energy performance of their homes.
Simon is currently navigating TrustMark through these changes as an organisation, helping to develop a level playing field of Government Endorsed Quality for any home improvement, as well as driving continual advances in cross-sector standards.
Simon has earned a reputation for his vision, passion, and dedication as a leader in the industry and is the driving force behind what’s at the heart of the TrustMark’s success: consumer trust and confidence.
Sonny started working for EVORA in 2020, bringing 25 years of expertise in the field of energy, climate change and sustainability in real estate and corporate governance. He has worked with CleanTech and PropTech businesses, including CA Technologies and Demand Logic. Winning nineteen industry awards for innovation, leadership and best practice. His experience comes from working in Fortune 500 and FTSE corporations, SMEs, charities and start-ups – with two of these securing recognition as Best UK Workplaces.
Alex advises both JLL leadership and its clients on the technological and systemic disruption facing the property industry. He supports the development of new business, portfolio and asset strategies which seek to embrace and capitalise on market opportunities as a consequence of digital transformation, specifically aimed at helping clients future proof portfolios and buildings for future market needs, and with a personal goal to embed sustainability into real estate decision making.
Prior to this role, Alex has served as Head of Sustainability at JLL, Head of Responsible Property Investment at Nuveen, and Director of Upstream Sustainability Services, JLL.
Alex takes pride in challenging the status quo, and believes there is huge opportunity to improve the built environment by fundamentally changing the way we design, build and manage physical spaces to better serve the people that use them, and the environment upon which they depend.
Tom is an Associate at Buro Happold with 15 years’ experience in the built environment industry. A fellow of CIBSE, member of Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), panel member of the ICT and controls group, and part time lecturer. Tom is passionate about ‘better buildings’ and the role that technology can play to unlock building performance in its holistic form, and in 2020 was awarded CIBSE Building Performance Engineer of the Year.
Richard Burrows is a Director of Mid Wales Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd (T/A The Evohome Shop, The Intergas Shop & The Smart Home Shop).
An NVQ 3 & HNC qualified mechanical engineer, Richard was a time served heating installer, before coming off the tools in 2014. He has a wealth of experience working with and testing innovative heating control systems, 21st Century boiler technology and renewable heating technologies.
His views on the benefits of smart heating controls and advanced heating systems are well known within the social media community, and many highly skilled installers look to him to provide them with advanced heating solutions and expert levels of technical support.
Richard is asked on a regular basis to contribute to trade magazine articles and panel discussions. His knowledge is also repeatedly called upon by other industry experts and manufacturers.
Richard is an active member of many plumbing and heating groups and active on Twitter and Facebook. He is very much in touch with the heating industry from manufacturer to installer.
Richard built his own low carbon home in 2013, has a passion for electric vehicles and owns numerous renewable technologies, including Solar Thermal Heating, a GSHP and Solar PV with Battery Storage utilising smart energy controls.
Samantha specialises in the management of complex projects to support the development of low carbon policy and markets. She is Ecuity’s lead for the Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management Project, appointed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver £320 million of heat network investment. She has achieved successful engagement evidenced by £125m of investment to drive cutting edge heat network applications in across England and Wales.
She is a Board Member of the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP), a member of the Coalition for Energy Efficient Buildings participating on the PACE demonstrator project and on the Zero Carbon Heat Taskforce.