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February 14, 2023

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New team members join Energiesprong UK

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


Tricia Valentine

Tricia Valentine is a small business leader with an MBA from Nottingham Business School. Tricia is an innovative professional with direct on the-ground experience building low carbon homes using offsite construction methods. She is passionate about decarbonisation of the built environment, focusing on ‘Fabric First’ to prioritise heat loss over heat generation. Tricia recently designed and project managed a nine home development scheme which won the ‘Private Development of the Year’ title at the 2021 Offsite Awards.

As our Project Delivery Manager, Tricia works with landlords and partners on ambitious Energiesprong retrofit projects. This involves the day-to-day implementation of the Energiesprong model, but also developing knowledge needed to scale up this approach.

Tricia also has 15 years of senior management experience in social housing and local government holding multiple roles in the field of performance and project management, tenant engagement and commercial development.

Praveena Pochampalli

Praveena has joined Energiesprong UK as a Research Analyst and PhD student working on whole-house industrialised retrofit strategies and protocol standardisation to assess retrofit benefits. Her work aims to create a framework of solutions that work for a range of UK archetypes, as well as resources that make it simple to deliver these solutions by bridging the research-practice divide.

Praveena has over ten years’ experience in architecture and a strong passion for sustainability, which led her to pursue a master's degree in Architecture and Sustainable Design where she realised her potential in researching extensively for sustainable approaches to design challenges and has worked on studio projects to develop design strategies for low energy buildings.

Prior to joining Energiesprong, Praveena collaborated with the University of Nottingham on a research project to retrofit Nottingham's existing housing stock towards carbon neutrality, which was funded by the UK Government as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund. Her primary focus was on building performance analysis using dynamic thermal simulation modelling.


Catrin Bates

Catrin is our Communications and Events lead (maternity cover) helping to raise our profile and engage, influence and inspire a range of audiences on our approach to whole house retrofit.

She has more than 14 years’ experience of developing and delivering marketing and communications campaigns for public and third sector organisations. She spent seven years at climate action NGO WRAP, working on behaviour change campaigns to encourage more sustainable actions among targeted segments of the UK population. She has also worked at Cardiff University and the Wales Millennium Centre, leading on PR activities and high-profile events.