Judges for National Awards 2019


Patrick Allcorn
Head of Local Energy
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
The local energy team has been created to help DECC support and develop energy solutions at a local level. From the community through local authority to the Local Enterprise partnerships - sharing best practice supporting strategic and project development and delivery
Previously he has been responsible for the design and implementation of the Domestic RHI. He joined that team in early 2012. Prior to this appointment he was responsibility for community energy. He set up the LEAF project that enabled over 200 communities to set up local energy schemes in 2012. Before joining DECC, Patrick worked for Transport for London and the London Borough of Croydon as well as time working as a journalist and a sustainability consultant.
Rufus Logan
Group Director
BRE Scotland
As Group Director BRE Scotland, Wales and South West, Rufus Logan is responsible for leading the growth of BRE's business in these territories. BRE Scotland and Wales has a long established record as lead provider of technical and consultancy support for both the construction industry and Government. Whilst the SW is the focus for our solar business, with the BRE National Solar Centre based at the Eden Project. Rufus also leads the team at BRE's Innovation Park in Ravenscraig, located on the site of one of the largest regeneration projects seen in Scotland. The Innovation Park opened in 2012, and offers a showcase from which architects, developers and manufacturers can trial and test new ideas before they were applied to real communities. The Innovation Park not just a demonstration of innovative buildings, but an exemplar in sustainable planning and development.

Rufus led the consortium bidding to establish and run the Knowledge Transfer Network for the Modern Built Environment (MBEKTN). Having been successful in winning this work for BRE, in partnership with Arup, CIRIA and BSRIA, Rufus was charged with establishing the MBEKTN and leading its delivery. Other work has included leading BRE's expansion to new locations, which resulted in the creation of BRE Wales and recently BRE China, and as a partner in Scotland's Hong Kong Carbon Innovation Centre. These 'national' development activities are a continuation of his career prior to joining BRE, when Rufus worked for Scottish Enterprise in Dumfries and Galloway, with responsibility for supporting Scotland's Forest Industry Cluster and a number of the region's key industry sectors.
Claire Heyes
CORGI Technical Services, the AGSM & AESM
Claire has an in-depth knowledge of gas safety issues as they affect senior management in a wide range of organisations. Claire is passionate about raising awareness of these issues at all levels. Claire established the AGSM (Association of Gas Safety Managers) & AESM (Association of Electrical Safety Managers) to recognise and reward excellent gas and electrical safety managers, working together to promote safety and raise standards.
Simon Ayers
Chief Executive Officer
Each Home Counts (TrustMark)
Having worked across a number of energy sectors over the course of his career, Simon Ayers has witnessed (and participated in) the evolution of Energy Efficiency as a concept. Now as Chief Executive of TrustMark, Simon is actively involved in helping consumers find competent, local tradespeople to carry out energy-efficient installations in and around their homes. Deeply committed to the continual raising of standards of energy efficiency, Simon is keen to recognise and champion organisations demonstrating excellence in this field, without sacrificing their corporate values and commercial success. As such it is with delight that Simon is involved as a judge at this years Energy Efficiency Awards, and he looks forward to celebrating the achievements of those leading the field in this sector.
Claire Curtis-Thomas PhD(Hon), C.Eng FIMechE FIET
Chief Executive
British Board of Agrement
Claire Curtis-Thomas became Chief Executive of The British Board of Agrement (BBA) in May 2013. Her industry experience was gained with Shell UK and Birmingham City Council Laboratories before becoming Dean of the Engineering and Business Department of the University of Wales, Newport.

Until 2010 Claire was the elected Member of Parliament for Crosby, and was Chief Executive of The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) prior to joining the BBA.

Carl Harvey
Green Deal Advisor Association and My Home Survey Ltd
Carl Harvey has been involved in the development of Green Deal since the original policy decisions, he is passionate about supporting SME's involvement in Green Deal and ECO.
Frank Harris
HD Services Ltd
A qualified Civil and Mechanical Engineer, Frank founded HD Services in 1984. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Geological Survey he has twice been chairman of the Well Drilling Association(WDA).
Audrey Gallacher
Director of Policy
Energy UK
Audrey Gallacher is Director of Policy at Energy UK, the trade association for suppliers and generators.
Audrey has an extensive background in the energy sector - initially working for the regulator Ofgem as Head of Consumer Affairs in Scotland. She moved into energy consumer advocacy in 2000 when she became National Director in Scotland for energywatch, before moving to lead its work on company performance, research and advice. More recently she has held Director of Energy positions with the statutory watchdog, Consumer Futures and at the charity Citizens Advice.
Ken Warner
Managing Director
Energy Renewals
With over 20 years experience in the Energy Industry, Ken has worked with Npower ,British Gas, Eon, SSE, EDF, & Scottish Power. He has an extensive understanding of the Energy Market and he advised major supplier on strategy to deal with dormant and suppress credit rated management company

Today Ken advices on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy and he enjoys going to gym and Salsa dancing
Gregory Elliott
Property Services Director
Vibrant Energy Matters
Gregory Elliott is Property Services Director for Vibrant Energy Matters, the largest EPC supplier in the UK carrying out over 160K instructions per year. He hass been involved in the EPC industry from conception, with over 10 years in the property sector and overseen many changes. The most exciting has being within the energy sector, having worked with Birmingham Council with the first go early EPC scheme in 2007 to one of the first Green Deal Advise Reports. Experience gained from working with most of the Big Six energy companies on several ECO projects has given him both insight and an understanding on the opportunity that ECO and the Green Deal brings to the industry.
David Brierley
Managing Director
Evolve Partnership Limited
David Brierley is the founder and Managing Director of Evolve Partnership Limited, which has been supplying EPCs and other services to the property industry on a nationwide basis since 2007 and GDARs since 2012.
Mark Weaver
Head of Business Development
Mark has worked in senior Sales and Marketing roles within the Construction Products sector for the past thirty years. Mark is now Head of Business Development for Alsecco, a major supplier of facades solutions and part of the International DAW Group. Mark has been actively involved for many years in the Energy Efficiency and Retrofit sector and was Chair of SWIGA, the solid wall industry guarantee scheme during its inception. Mark is presently acting Vice-Chair of INCA, the leading External Wall Insulation trade association. Cycling, football and his family are what keep Mark sane out of working hours.
Andy Lang
Managing Director
GSB Service Solutions Ltd
Andy Lang is an independent management consultant with current experience of ECO Schemes working on contracts with several of the 'big six' Energy Companies. Helping secure, deliver and grow ECO contracts. He has led on improving operational processes, building effective teams, delivery, development of the supply chain and raising industry standards.

Andy built up his skills in the public sector where he achieved a senior position and considerable responsibility as a change manager. He is experienced at successfully identifying the root causes of issues that will transform organisations.
Maria Wardrobe BSc
Director of External Affairs
National Energy Action (NEA)
Maria is currently Director of External Affairs with national fuel poverty charity NEA, responsible for a team which develops and delivers NEA's Policy Services, Research, Campaigns and Public Affairs, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Publicity, Marketing, Media, Events and Membership services within the organisation.

Maria has extensive experience of campaigning at a national level, organising and speaking at regional and national events and broadcasting on local and national radio and TV. She is responsible for the Secretariat for the All-Party Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group (FPEEG) and is Chair of the Age Action Alliance Safe Warm Homes Working Group.

Maria has worked for NEA for 20 years. She is also a Trustee of the British Gas Energy Trust.

Karl Drage CEng, MEng, MIMechE, DMS, ACGI, MIOD
Chief Executive Officer
Coefficient Renewable Heating Solutions Limited
Karl Drage has overseen the installation of over 1000 ground source heat pumps, ranging from small installations to some of the largest installations in Europe. This includes a number of multi-megawatt schemes, the largest of which is a 5.4MW Hospital scheme, one of the largest renewable heat systems in Europe. He has delivered funded solutions for blue chip clients under an ESCO arrangement over a 25 year term, installed sustainable district heating systems for local authority social housing clients and constructed multivalent systems for some of the highest profile building and infrastructure developments in London and with a number of leading University clients. His Maintenance and Service business continues to work with - and remote energy monitor - installations over the life of their buildings. He established a team in the US that has gone on to complete some of the leading Sustainable Energy systems in North America and developed a business in Spain in partnership with a leading Utility Company and National Contractors.

Karl is a member of the Council of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and previously spent four years as its inaugural Chair Person, establishing the association and influencing the early formation of the industry. Karl has been involved in the development of the MCS standard for Heat Pumps, and continues to work to develop both the market and the professional standards of the industry.
Stephanie Karpetas
Sustainability Connections
Stephanie has worked in the sustainability arena for over twenty years. Co-founder and director of Action Women! Community CIC, and founder and CEO of Sustainability Connections CIC, Stephanie aims to ensure that public funds are spent wisely. She works with the public sector, business and voluntary sector organisations to bring about sustainable, profitable projects that address social and environmental issues.
Bryn Kewley
Political Advisor on Energy and Climate Change to the Shadow Secretary of State for BEIS.
Bryn Kewley is a Political Advisor on Energy and Climate Change to the Shadow Secretary of State for BEIS. He works with Rebecca Long-Bailey, writing for, briefing and representing her on issues surrounding energy and climate change. Labour's Industrial Strategy includes a mission to source 60% of our power and heat from low carbon sources and Bryn has been establishing policies to fulfil this pledge. Previously he worked for the think tank E3G campaigning to make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority. An keen adventurist he's raced across the Atlantic, ridden horses in Afghanistan and driven a motorbike from the UK to SE Asia.
James Higgins
Ecuity Consulting LLP
As Co-Founder and partner of Ecuity, James leads on Ecuity's Insight and Strategy service which helps the organisations we work with understand and manage risk and opportunity within the energy policy environment.

A strategic thinker, James encourages business leaders to consider political issues from a commercial angle, assists in the determination of objectives and delivery of cut-through communications. An experienced campaigner James also works hands-on with clients and the Ecuity consulting team to develop persuasive narratives supported by technical and economic analysis. James's clients include market leaders across the renewable, heating and energy efficiency sectors. James has previously worked as a Parliamentary specialist for the UK's water industry regulator Ofwat. He holds a First Class Honours in Politics from Liverpool University and in 2012 graduated from the Global Energy MBA programme at Warwick Business School, the world's first energy industry focused MBA.
Elinor Jenkins
Compliance Manager
City Energy
Elinor was employed by City Energy after completing a Master's degree in Business Economics with Finance. Elinor has been with the company as it first started utilising the Green Deal Finance Company and accessing ECO Funding. As Compliance Manager, Elinor ensures that City Energy adheres to the changing rules and regulations. She has recently become a Director for City Energy
Andy Merrin
Head of Energy and Innovation - London
Andy is a Chartered Environmentalist and has been working in the environmental sector for over 20 years in a number of senior positions within Arup, Bechtel and now Engie. Andy has significant experience on issues such as corporate environmental strategies, energy efficiency of buildings and carbon management. His current responsibilities include the delivery of low carbon housing retrofit strategies and maximising funding opportunities within the social housing market.
Gary Spiers

Garys career within the energy industry spans over 17 years, delivering installation measures across the UK both practically in the field, training and at management level. He is Currently on a summer break before taking up a new position with The British Board of Agreement (BBA ) at the beginning of September
Lesley Rudd CIMA CIPR
Chief Executive
Sustainable Energy Association (SEA)
Lesley is currently Chief Executive at the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA). She draws on 30 years in the energy industry. She has worked on a range of energy policy issues, across the whole energy supply chain from upstream to downstream and in a number of countries. Positions Lesley has held include; Government and Stakeholder Relations Manager, Trading Manager , and Communications Manager at BG Group; Public Affairs Manager at Microgen; and Commercial Negotiator, Commercial Manger and Audit Manager at British Gas . Lesley has a track record in leading successful campaigns for policy and regularity changes in Brussels and UK. The SEA advocates 'wrap then heat' because increasing the energy efficiency of the building fabric helps to maximise the gain from efficient heating solutions. To address one without the other leads to sub-optimal results for homeowners, investors and Government. Lesley has a degree in Business Studies with Politics, is an Accountant (CIMA accredited) and is a member of CIPR.
Katie Searle
Senior Project Manager
Energy Saving Trust
Katie joined the Energy Saving Trust in 2007 and has an in-depth knowledge of product assurance and certification across a broad range of product categories including insulation, glazing and heating products. She graduated from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Environmental Science and began her career in insurance. Katie has previously been responsible for the set up and management of an accredited Green Deal Installer certification scheme and more recently is leading project co-ordination of a three year European funded programme developing digital tools to better inform consumer buying choices of energy efficient products.
Dr K T Tan
Technical Director
Viridian Solar
Dr KT Tan is the Technical Director at Viridian Solar, a UK company based in Cambridge with their renowned innovative Clearline Fusion products. He has been devoting his professional life for over a decade to developing products and technologies for the renewable sector. He started to work with solar thermal well before the PV became a mainstream renewable solution. As a Chartered Engineer, he specialises in solar PV new technologies with a particular interest in roof-integrated systems, advanced cell technologies and innovative mounting solutions. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Panel of the Centre for Doctoral Training in New and Sustainable PV, and a member of the GEL/82 Standards Policy and Strategy Committee for PV Systems. He is also the Chair of the MCS Solar PV Technical Working Group. He graduated with an Engineering PhD from University of Cambridge.
Neil Whitfield
Managing Director
OSCAR On-site
Neil has been in the Construction, Training and Education sector for over 40 years and has built a reputation of setting and maintaining high standards, ensuring that only the best installers achieve OSCAR status. In the last couple of years his attention has been drawn towards Cavity Wall Extraction help those vulnerable people who are living in sub standard conditions. We provide a support network for installers seeking advice and accreditation that fulfills their needs, he works closely with many major blue chip organisations in producing a well thought out plans for future success.
Lisa Sims
ECO Business Development Manager
E.On Energy Solutions
Steve Edwards
Director of Regulation and Commercial
Wales & West Utilities Ltd
Steve has over 26 years experience within the UK energy industry and is currently the Director of Regulation of Commercial for Wales & West Utilities. Steve played a leading role in the development of the gas network fuel poor scheme. Steve is also a Board member of Warm Wales. Wales & West Utilities and its fuel poor partners have made over 10,000 fuel poor connections to its network. Steve is Current President of Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers; A Chartered Accountant and experienced executive member of Wales & West Utilities. Steve is also part of the Energy and Environment Panel of Welsh Govt and previously provided evidence to both Welsh and UK Energy select committees on future of energy.
Craig Anderson
ACL Planning & Development
Craig is an architect/town planner with over 30 years experience in area regeneration and job creation. This has involved large-scale redevelopment of both housing , commercial and industrial areas across his native Scotland and then Wales and England where he operated at Director-level for local government and prior to that with the Scottish Development Agency. Craig is former CEO of Warm Wales Cymru Gynnes, the first UK Community Interest Company specialising in relief of Fuel Poverty which he led until 2017. Since its inception WW~CG has delivered 60,000 house upgrades and has pioneered mass retrofit through both the Welsh Government Arbed Programme and more recently the Solcer Retrofit programme of buildings-as-powerstations led by the Cardiff University Welsh School of Architecture . This has involved whole house insulation combined with the latest mechanical ventilation and solar renewables low-carbon technologies linked to battery storage. Since 2015, Craig has pioneered the FRESH Vulnerability Mapping system as an aid for local authorities working with utility providers and third sector local agencies to target resources towards the most vulnerable households. This initiative has received national awards and recognition and is being progressively rolled out throughout Welsh Local Government. It is also being used in the UK Government ECO-Flex Pathfinder in Cornwall. A key focus for Craig now is helping homeless partnerships in attracting investment for housing-first to address the growing UK-wide rough sleeping and homelessness crisis.
Mark Dallen
Consortium & Stakeholder Manager: ECO
EDF Energy
Mark has been in the energy industry for nearly 30 years and more recently in the energy efficiency obligation area for over 8 years. He has extensive experience of working with stakeholders on the planning and implementation of numerous energy efficiency projects throughout the UK. With the recent introduction of ECO Flexible Eligibility, Mark has already formed some close working relationships with both local authorities and installation partners to create the delivery of ECO funded measures to vulnerable customers in community based schemes nationwide. Mark has always been a strong supporter of the National Energy Efficiency Awards, as this is the ideal high profile event to showcase and support the very best practices and projects that improves peoples lives within the energy efficiency industry.
Michael Morrall
Ciga Council Member & Head of Retail
Dyson Energy Services
Michael's journey in the energy efficiency industry has been very much hands on and varied from Building Surveying, On-site Technical Monitoring and Quality Supervision, Senior Operations Management and most recently Business Development. Michael has a proven track record in the development and delivery of large scale Insulation, Heating, Renewable and Energy Assessment projects in partnership with Energy Companies, Local Authorities, Social and Private Landlords. Michael has developed some long standing relationships with Local Authorities nationwide for community based schemes delivering energy efficiency measures to those whom are most vulnerable. His primary focus in the immediate is to continue the nationwide development of existing and new partnerships for ECO & LA Flex supported measures as well as the expansion of the Merchant Distribution and Retail divisions of Dyson Energy Services.