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Having worked for more than 15 years in low-carbon energy, Casey Cole has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally. He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks.

FairHeat’s founder and managing director, Gareth has more than a decade of experience in the low-carbon energy sector, having established a number of start-up ventures across district heating, utility services, integrated solar ESCOs and biomass.

Gareth has founded a number of companies in the sector, including Insite Energy, a metering, billing and customer care company for customers on heat networks and Guru Systems, which provides smart payment and analytics tools.

Gareth has been exposed to data on the performance of more than 100 heat networks across the UK, giving an insight into the real-world performance of these systems.

Gareth also chairs the UK HIU Test Steering Group, which oversees the BESA HIU Test Standard, an industry-led test standard for assessing HIU performance.

Dr. Polymi Sofotasiou is a multi-disciplinary engineer with extensive expertise in Building Physics and Building Aerodynamics using simulation modelling and wind tunnel experimentation. Polymi has recently completed her doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Sheffield) and holds a MEng & BEng in Civil & Structural Engineering (University of Leeds) and a MEng & BEng in Environmental Engineering (Democritus University of Thrace).

Polymi is currently a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor and CFD Engineer in Anderson Green Ltd delivering energy, sustainability and building physics services on projects using various design and analysis methods.”

Tomasz Stelmach is  Senior Application Engineer in ANSYS – Tomasz is a Chartered Mechanical engineer who has been with ANSYS for 5 years. Working as an application engineer Tomasz provides technical support to ANSYS’ academic and commercial customers and has held research positions at the University of Leeds and a number of commercial CAE consultants. His speciality is CFD and Fluid Structural Interaction.

Phil trained as an HVAC Designer from 1969-1974 in the DOE/PSA. Following a series of career moves, he joined Hilson Moran in 1987. As the practice’s Design Director, Phil works closely with clients, Directors and Project Directors to develop initial concept and strategy on major projects along with acting as a source of technical support to our design teams throughout the design process.

Phil became a Divisional Director responsible for running a multidisciplinary design team in 1996, before moving into his current role in 2008. He has played a leading role in some of the most advanced designs the practice has delivered – including 30 St Mary’s Axe, the UK’s first mixed mode high rise office – and has a particular interest in the application of innovation building services design to improve energy performance in both new build and refurbishment projects.

As a former motor racing driver, Phil now (mainly) watches others while enjoying a few quieter hobbies and interests.

Frank Gordon is Policy Manager at the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the trade body for renewables, EVs and energy storage. Frank’s background is in policy, having worked for central Government and community energy projects over a number of years, and he holds a master’s degree in Climate Change. Frank sits on numerous industry bodies such as on BSI Standards and the RECC Panel.

Jon currently works at BuroHappold Engineering London in their Sustainability and Physics team. His work focusses on guiding developers and architects through the complicated landscape of carbon reduction and future energy performance. Jon has led energy and sustainability strategies for many large mixed-use masterplan developments across London ranging is size from 500 – 6000 residential units. Most recently Jon has worked with the Greater London Authority to study the impacts of future grid decarbonisation on the future London Plan. Jon joined CIBSE’s Young energy Performance Group in 2015 and is currently Joint Chair, helping to run the group and guide the direction of future events.

A time served Mechanical engineer, with distinctions in Mechanical Engineering. Neil spent 5 years working in research and development for a major valve manufacturer flow testing manual balancing valves and automatic balancing vales. 6 years were spent as a Technical Manager for a valve manufacturer giving advice on valve applications, valve sizing and system design . His career moved on the product management and included auditing factories, processes and sourcing products from countries such as America, India, China and within Europe and Eastern Europe. In the last 14 years Neil has been extensively working on district heating and heat network projects in the UK, but also across a number of other countries both in and outside of Europe. He has been conducting CPD seminars throughout the UK to Building Services Consultants for over 14 years on topics covering: Variable Volume System Design, Heat Interface Units and Central Plant Design, CHP and renewable energy systems integration and metering and aM&T Systems.

As Altecnic Limited’s National Specification manager Neil heads up their specification division looking after 5 external staff and 2 internal team members. His role includes conducting CPD seminars to Building Services Consultants on Heat Interface Units and Central Plant Design. He’s spent significant time in various Scandinavian, Central and Eastern Europe Counties looking at the country specific approach to district heating and working with Altecnic’s owners, Caleffi in the design of their district heating products. Neil has been a CIBSE member for over 5 years and had input on the CIBSE CP1 code of practice for district heating. Neil is on the BSRIA steering groups for HIU design, Heat Network design and DPCV design and is a UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) member and has worked with the HHIC and HWA steering groups on heat networks.