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Energiesprong UK is growing!

We’re delighted to be welcoming five new people to the Energiesprong UK team, all supporting our work to enable a desirable, viable net-zero energy refurbishment market at scale.

Dr Zachary Gill, EngD, CEng, CMVP, Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination

Zack is a Net Zero Technical Analyst for Energiesprong UK. His goal is to ensure that all of our projects demonstrably meet or exceed their performance targets and also to drive continual improvement and refinement of the ES approach and the viable technical solutions.

Dr Zachary Gill is a building performance expert, working and challenging the field of low-energy domestic buildings for over 13 years. He undertook his academically commended PhD research on the contribution of user behaviours to building performance with Buro Happold Engineers. Subsequently, he worked with Willmott Dixon Energy Services, pioneering performance-feedback approaches, in particular on their wide-scale social housing retrofit schemes.

In 2019, Zack established his own building performance consultancy, SOAP Retrofit Ltd, to continue championing real-world measurement techniques and developing science-based retrofit approaches. He is also co-authoring the forthcoming British Standard on Building Performance Evaluation.

Justine Prain

Justine Prain works as a Senior Project Manager, supporting our Housing Provider partners to deliver their ambitious Energiesprong retrofit projects.  This involves working closely with the design and delivery teams on the day-to-day implementation of the Energiesprong model, but also contributing to capturing the all important lessons learned and the knowledge needed to scale up this approach.

Justine started her sustainability career at the Energy Saving Trust, managing a variety of grant programmes on behalf of UK central government.  She also led the delivery of the Pay As You Save pilots; one of the early projects testing innovative new approaches to financing home retrofit projects through the savings made on bills.  

Following this she worked on a variety of projects developing new approaches to retrofit. All with the same goal of trying to find new business models to support the challenge of upgrading the existing UK housing stock for a net zero future.

Nancy Jonsson, B.Eng (Hons.), FCMI

Nancy is our Net Zero Product and Supply Chain Specialist, supporting the supply chain to embrace a new vision and respond to new ways of procuring projects to bring retrofit projects from inception to completion. By identifying and engaging providers of products and services needed for net zero housing retrofit, she is supporting companies to develop their approach for the market.

Nancy has over 20 years’ experience with European HVAC equipment manufacturers in commercial leadership, product management and R&D roles. This has given her a strong appreciation of market drivers, stakeholder needs and customer requirements.

With her knowledge of domestic heating products, such as gas boilers and heat pumps, and their successful application in social housing and new build sectors, Nancy has worked extensively with cross-functional teams to deliver award-winning products to market.

Emmelie Brownlee

Emmelie is our Communications and Events Programme Manager, leading on helping us tell our story and engage new and existing audiences across channels - from social media and content marketing to events and PR.

She has more than 10 years' experience in sustainability non-profit communications, specialising in digital communications, content design and event management. She spent five years as Bioregional's Digital Communications Manager, which has given her an excellent understanding of the built environment sector, and the needs of different stakeholders.

Richard Barwick

Richard is a consultant advisor in construction and building retrofit at Energiesprong UK. He supports the technical and market development teams by providing the practical skills and expertise to advise on delivery of whole house retrofit and low-energy buildings. He has spent his career in the construction industry, over the last twelve years on the client side at housing associations. Recent interim positions include Director of Development, Head of Construction, Project Manager, Construction Manager and similar. These roles have been undertaken across the South, London and East Midlands, ranging from new build to refurbishment, construction claims and fire damage rebuilds.

His own business interests include being a partner in a leading structural engineering consultancy (DDA Engineers Ltd) in London, and building specialist, RJ Barwick Ltd in Kent and London.

Richard has a number of masters degrees, as well as more recently qualifying as a Retrofit Coordinator. He is a member of the AECB, an AECB Carbonlite Graduate, a founder member of the Retrofit Academy Centre of Excellence, and sits on the Business Development Board of the Watford Community Housing Association.