Trustees

The National Energy Foundation is controlled by an independent Board of Trustees and managed on a day-to-day basis by its Chief Executive and staff based in Milton Keynes.

Becoming a National Energy Foundation Trustee

We don't have any specific vacancies at the moment but, if you're interested in becoming a Trustee, please browse our website for further information about our work and email your interest to us at info@nef.org.uk for possible consideration in the future.

Our Patron

Dr Mary Archer DBE
Dame Mary is a former academic with research interests in physico-chemical aspects of solar energy conversion. She was previously Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years and is a Visitor of the University of Hertfordshire, a board member of the Britten Sinfonia and President of both the UK Solar Energy Society and the Guild of Church Musicians. In June 2002, she was awarded the Melchett Medal by the Energy Institute.

Dr Archer is the author of Rupert Brooke and The Old Vicarage (1989) and co-editor of Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics (2001), Molecular to Global Photosynthesis (2004) and The 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge (2005). She was our Chair between 1988 and 2000, and was awarded the DBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours. In 2013, she became a Director and Chair of the Board at Cambridge Healthcare.

Our President

John Walker - BSc DipTP HonD'Arts
John has over 35 years' experience of large-scale development including experience at Chief Executive and board level. He was previously our Chair and, in addition to now being our President, he is an independent Board member of the Milton Keynes Development Partnership and an Associate Director of Garden City Developments CIC.

John has previously chaired the SEMLEP Property Development Group, the Green Gauge Trust and the Central Milton Keynes Delivery Board. He has also been Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association and the Commission for the New Towns. John's initial connection with sustainable energy was at the Milton Keynes Development Corporation where, as Planning Director, he led the development of the Milton Keynes Energy Park, which in turn resulted in the establishment of the National Energy Foundation in 1988.

Our Board of Trustees

Liz Reason (Chair)
Stewart Fergusson
Chris Hall
Liz Male MBE
Matthew Rhodes
Peter Rickaby
Andrew Wordsworth

Liz Reason - BA MSc
Liz was the Managing Director of the Green Gauge Trust, a not-for-profit organisation, which aimed to mainstream the knowledge and skills for low-energy, low-carbon buildings. Its Green Stripes programme encapsulated the core curriculum for understanding the key principles and practices for delivering low-energy, low-carbon buildings.

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Liz has been a Trustee of the National Energy Foundation since 2006 and is also a Trustee of the charity, SuperHomes. In April 2012, Liz was appointed to the Knowledge & Skills Working Group of the BIS Green Construction Board. From 2010 to 2013 she was on the Development Panel of Octavia Housing. Between 2004 and 2009, Liz was Director of the AECB’s CarbonLite, a programme of energy and carbon literacy for a sustainable built environment. In 2009-2010, she helped to set up what is now the Passivhaus Trust. Liz has been both an adviser and an assessor for a number of Technology Strategy Board buildings competitions. In 2008-2009, she was a member of the government’s Eco-towns Challenge Panel. Formerly, Liz was Director of ILEX Energy Consulting Ltd, one of Europe’s leading energy market specialists, and advised commercial and government clients in the UK and Europe on a wide range of issues on the electricity market, and latterly the carbon market. She has also been the Managing Director of a successful wind developer.

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Stewart Fergusson - MA FRSA
Stewart began his working life as a research historian at universities in the UK and Canada, specialising in urban history. He became involved with housing associations in Coventry and the Midlands in the late 1970s at Coventry Churches Housing Association.

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He was Managing Director of Touchstone Housing Association and then Orbit Heart of England. Stewart retired in 2013. He is a founder member of The Housing Quality Network and Common Purpose Coventry. He has been a Governor of Coventry University, where he chaired the Estates Committee, and a member of Coventry's Local Strategic Partnership, where he chaired the Housing Theme Group. He was a member of TRECO, a collaboration of UK, Swedish and Dutch housing organisations interested in sustainable housing. He also chaired the Energy Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Exchange part of the International Housing Partnership, a collaboration of UK, Canadian and Australian not-for-ptofit housing companies. At Orbit he led the development of one of the UK's first 'PassivHaus' social housing schemes and he is author of UK Housing Associations and Sustainability. Stewart now works part-time as a housing consultant. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of Coventry and Warwickshire Champions and Chairman of the Trustees of Coventry's Belgrade Theatre.

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Chris Hall - TD MA (Cantab) Eng FCA
Having graduated in engineering at Cambridge University, Chris trained in London as a Chartered Accountant. Once qualified, he worked in financial roles in private sector industry, mainly in engineering, for more than fifteen years before joining the Civil Service.

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After five years as a Civil Servant, Chris escaped to the charity/not-for-profit sector as Secretary and Director of Personnel, Finance & Administration at the Engineering Council, and was subsequently Finance & Admin Director/Company Secretary at Skills for Logistics, the sector skills council for the freight logistics sector. Earlier in his career, Chris spent twenty-five years as an officer in the Territorial Army, completing his service as a Lieutenant Colonel commanding a TA Engineer Regiment. Now semi-retired, his other current activities include being Treasurer of Bedford Citizens Advice, a Churchwarden at his local church, governorship of an independent school, and a Trustee of other local charities.

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Liz Male MBE - FCIPR FIIC
Liz is a public relations and marketing consultant with specialist knowledge and expertise in property, construction and sustainability in the built environment. Her connections with the National Energy Foundation go back to 1989.

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Since 2011, Liz has been the Chairman of TrustMark, the Government-backed scheme that helps homeowners find reputable firms to repair, maintain and improve their homes. In July 2013, she was appointed to the Construction Leadership Council to oversee implementation of the joint industry/Government industrial strategy for construction to 2025. Liz is a co-opted member of the Chartered Institute of Building Policy & External Relations Board. She is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Institute of Internal Communications, and serves on the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' Professional Standards Panel. Liz is also an experienced facilitator trained in stakeholder dialogue, and a specialist in the use of art and graphics in facilitating business meetings. In 2015, she was awarded an MBE for her work with TrustMark and for services to the construction industry.

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Matthew Rhodes - MA CEng FIET
Matthew was the founder and Managing Director of Encraft, which he established in 2003 and which has grown into one of the UK’s leading specialist engineering and building physics consultancies in the low-carbon sector, before selling it in 2017.

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Before establishing Encraft, he worked in a variety of management roles for international companies including Unilever, PA Consulting Group and BP. In 2010, Matthew was awarded the Sir Thomas Attwood Award by the city of Birmingham for his collaborative work developing innovative, large-scale energy efficiency programmes in the city. Matthew originally trained in Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University. In the late 1990s, he established a global network of engineers interested in sustainability and led an international delegation of engineers to the 2002 World Summit in Johannesburg. He’s a regular contributor to industry magazines, speaker at national events on energy efficiency and micro-generation, and has acted as an independent expert for both the EU and UK government to evaluate interdisciplinary research and development projects and proposals related to the distributed generation and the use of energy in buildings. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Matthew is Chair of the board of trustees of Craftspace, a leading contemporary craft charity and national portfolio arts organisation based in Birmingham, and a Director of the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership.

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Peter Rickaby - MA DipArch (Cantab) PhD (Open) RIBA
Peter was a Founder Director of Rickaby Thompson Associates, an energy and sustainability consultancy working on buildings and housing throughout the EU. He studied architecture at Cambridge University and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University.

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Before founding Rickaby Thompson Associates in 1982 he was Assistant Director of the Centre for Configurational Studies at The Open University, where he researched energy-related aspects of city-regional planning. Peter is an experienced SAP Assessor, a CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor and a BREEAM Accredited Professional. He was a member of the Zero Carbon Hub’s Energy Work Group and of the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Group, and he represents the RIBA on BSI’s PAS 2030 Steering Group. He was also a Director of the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE). Peter has been the lead author of several guides to energy efficiency in buildings, including the RIBA’s Climate Change Tools and the CPA’s Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment (two editions). He was co-author of the National Housing Federation’s guides Repairs and Maintenance and Managing the Assets, Managing Editor and co-author of the Institute for Sustainability’s Low Carbon Domestic Retrofit guides, and managed the development of the CoRE curriculum of domestic retrofit masterclasses.

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Andrew Wordsworth - MEng
Andrew is a founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Venture Development Partners (Sustainable Ventures). Sustainable Ventures works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate sector partners to originate, build and grow low-carbon businesses.

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Andrew has been behind the launch of over 15 low-carbon ventures, which have attracted over £250m in equity commitments from investors, corporates and the UK Government. These include: E-Car Club, the UK’s first all-electric pay-per-hour car club; Sustainable Home Survey, the first Community Interest Company to be certified as a Green Deal Assessor Organisation; and Powervault, which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years' experience in the energy and climate change sector; including roles with Esso, Bain & Co, ADL and as Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises.

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