National Energy Foundation announces appointment of new CEO, Dr Kerry Mashford

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National Energy Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of new CEO, Dr Kerry Mashford.

National Energy Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of new CEO, Dr Kerry Mashford. NEF is an independent charity that has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings, domestic and non-domestic, since 1990. Dr Mashford, most recently lead technologist at the Technology Strategy Board, brings considerable expertise in the built environment, technology development and integration, along with an international reputation in sustainable urban development and regeneration.

Dr Mashford is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has an MSt in interdisciplinary design of the built environment (IDBE) and a PhD in integrated design of complex, multi-domain systems. Dr Mashford’s previous experience includes Technical Director of the Ecological Sequestration Trust, Head of sustainable manufacturing and construction for Arup and senior roles at Interfacing Ltd, the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, and Benoy Architects and Masterplanners.

NEF has a track record in the built environment sector of providing impartial, comprehensive, quality advice and support to organisations, local and central government, and households. NEF has incubated and provided long-term support for a range of capacity building initiatives, working with or on behalf of third parties including the Carbon Trust, trade associations, community-led social enterprises, the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme and the Green Deal Providers Group. NEF developed the National Home Energy Rating scheme, the precursor to the Government Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and subsequently Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). During the 1990s, NEF also created the Energy Advice Centres network on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust, which provided impartial advice to over 250,000 contacts a year.

John Walker, Chair of NEF’s Trustees, said “Improving the use of energy in buildings is one of the greatest opportunities today to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets, to make buildings more liveable and to reduce costs to consumers - and it cannot be tackled piecemeal. National Energy Foundation believes a ‘whole system’ approach is needed, from design and construction to maintenance and use. Dr Mashford’s experience in this area is unparalleled; the breadth of her technical expertise and project experience will see NEF’s charitable aim being furthered in real-life settings for optimal impact. We are delighted to have Kerry at National Energy Foundation”.

Dr Mashford commented “Improving the use of energy in buildings is critical to decreasing the UK’s overall CO2 emmissions, reducing fuel poverty and relieving pressure on our energy infrastructure. There is a growing body of evidence about the factors that contribute to the energy perfomance of buildings ; there is a vital role for organisations like NEF that can interpret this evidence to advise on cost effective improvements - both to existing buildings and to the specification, delivery and economical operation of fit-for-purpose new buildings. I’m excited to be leading this pioneering charity as we further our understanding of the differences between possible, expected and actual energy performance in buildings, and work in real-life settings to close this gap”.

Dr Mashford takes up her post as NEF’s CEO in December 2012.

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For further information, please contact:

Joanna Thorpe, M: 07961 488449, E: joannalthorpe(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

or T: 01908 354543, E: pressoffice(at)nef(dot)org(dot)uk

About National Energy Foundation

National Energy Foundation is an independent charity that has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings since 1990. We aim to give people, organisations and government the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to understand and improve the use of energy in buildings.

We do this through:

  • providing practical experience and technical expertise, gained from a broad range of real-life challenges;
  • developing insights into closing the gap between expected and actual energy performance;
  • connecting stakeholders and creating forums to drive forward the frontiers of good practice;
  • conceiving, establishing and mainstreaming capacity-building initiatives; and
  • helping people and organisations to succeed through the provision of impartial, comprehensive advice.

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