Russell Smith

Founder of RetrofitWorks

Russell is a chartered civil engineer with years of experience of retrofit, and is the founder of RetrofitWorks.

He has run a number of large scale retrofit programmes – most recently the £4.5m Warmer Homes programme on behalf of the Mayor of London, and is involved in a 250 heat pump roll-out for OVO energy. As MD of Parity Projects he has worked with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to build a model of their 1.5m homes, and a national retrofit model to support plans for a National Retrofit Programme for the Construction Leadership Council.

Widely recognised as an industry expert, Russell is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor for industry publications.  Take a look at the RetrofitWorks LinkedIn posts for links to his latest interviews, articles and podcasts.

Tony Beer

Service Delivery Manager

A highly experienced senior manager with over 30 years experience within the Energy Efficiency industry. His particular specialism is the management of skilled engagement teams over a wide geography with a view to achieving targets.

He is a highly respected and knowledgeable leader, accomplished at establishing positive working cultures and inspiring his teams to perform to their full potential.

Geordie Stewart

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire Scheme Manager

A skilled construction and project manager with over 25 years of international experience, Geordie is passionate about sustainable and energy-efficient solutions in the built environment. He is a trained Retrofit Coordinator and manages the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire team based in Charlbury, Oxfordshire.

Geordie gained a distinction in his MSc in Architecture and Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and the University of East London.

Arantxa Mathias

Client Support Coordinator for Cosy Homes Oxfordshire

Arantxa is the key point of contact for new customers and existing customers up to the point of retrofit work starting on your home. She will be coordinating and guiding you through the process and supporting any queries you may have in Oxfordshire.

An experienced administrator, Arantxa has previously worked in customer services for the hospitality, design and Innovation sectors. She is based in our Charlbury office and is enjoying supporting the team and developing her knowledge of retrofit.

Cath Geoghegan

Redbridge & Warmer Sussex Scheme Manager

Cath is responsible for delivering the Warmer Sussex service – working with the Warmer Sussex and RetrofitWorks teams, and the members of our Cooperative who provide expertise and deliver retrofits to our clients across Sussex.

Previously, Cath developed and delivered Affordable Warmth projects for local authorities across West Sussex and in 2014 completed her MSc (Dist) in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Michael Huth

Membership Development Manager

Michael is responsible for building up and supporting our membership network of trusted contractors, installers and architects to provide a quality whole house retrofit service.

He has extensive understanding of the built environment, the use of sustainable materials and renewable energy systems and is passionate about helping companies create a healthy low energy and low carbon building envelope, reducing the risk of unintended consequences.

Charlotte Roe

Membership Development Coordinator

Charlotte is responsible for engaging with individuals and businesses who are interested in joining RetrofitWorks, guiding prospective members through our onboarding process and helping develop new membership processes. She is a qualified Retrofit Coordinator and Energy Assessor. She has a Msc in Sustainable Urbanism from UCL.

Soren Bork Nellegaard

Business Development Manager

Soren is responsible for spreading the RetrofitWorks model to new areas as well as to develop the service RetrofitWorks offers. He works closely together with the various advocate members to enable a bottom-up approach to enable more retrofits.

He has a background in business economics and a keen interested in making our economy and society more sustainable.

Tom Riley

Ecofurb Scheme Manager

Tom uses his savvy from 3+ years at RetrofitWorks to manage the Ecofurb whole-house retrofit service in London. Alongside our Retrofit Coordinators, designers and contractors, Tom can be found working to deliver quotes and manage installations.

His MSc in Sustainability & Adaptation in the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) enhanced his interest and work in this field.

Ian Preston

Ecofurb Coordinator

Ian is a retrofit coordinator working on the Ecofurb scheme across Greater London who also helps train our teams of retrofit coordinators.

His qualifications include an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Certified Passivhaus Designer, several BREEAM domestic and non-domestic schemes, and Domestic Energy Assessor.

Ben Owen

Ecofurb Coordinator

Ben has been working with sustainability issues for over ten years. Building a cabin in Sweden Ben tried to create a building with a low embodied energy that created a low impact living lifestyle and kickstarted a passion for the built environment.

Since then Ben has worked on UK sites building, renovating and retrofitting homes. He has a post graduate diploma in Sustainability and the Built Environment from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

Lisa Pasquale

Technical Lead

Lisa is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of RetrofitWorks technical offering for domestic retrofits.
She’s a trained Architect and chartered CIBSE engineer, with over 10 years experience in low-energy construction and building performance. She won the UKGBC Rising Star award for her work on de-risking large-scale domestic retrofits, which later became part of the national standard of domestic retrofit, PAS2035.

Warren Pope

Retrofit Project Manager for Eastern New Energy Project –  Cambridgeshire

Warren helps building relationships with current and prospective local Retrofit Members in order to manage a successful project up while overseeing the maintenance of all relevant systems and databases.

As we move out of the pandemic Warren feels that RetrofitWorks model offers a fantastic model to stimulate a green recovery and provide opportunities for retraining some of those made redundant.

Natalie Ferraro

Team Coordinator

Natalie handles communication and coordination within teams and the main RetrofitWorks office, and it will likely be her American accent you hear when you call reception. She has previously managed an interior design firm and home renovation projects in the United States.

Natalie is passionate about our beautiful planet and retrofitting our homes for a better future.

Della Ogunleye

Accounts Manager

Della handles the day to day management of all accounts related for each of the RetrofitWorks schemes.

Della’s hope is for more treatments for cancer patients. Early detection saves lives!

Pablo Ros

IT Administrator

Pablo helps to maintain and improve systems within RetrofitWorks, as well as providing technical support and advice to IT users.

Pablo helps support RetrofitWorks as we keep researching new materials, processes, techniques, and modern environmental technology devices, to help our homes become more self sustained and energy efficient, conserve our natural resources, and reduce carbon emissions.

Michael Davies

East Sussex Warmer Homes Check Consultant

Michael has worked in a variety of roles across the environmental sector over the past decade including in clean air, circular economy, public engagement and, most recently, fuel poverty.

Michael is a passionate advocate for the need for drastic action to tackle the climate emergency. In his spare time, Michael is Chair of his local amdram group and is on the green committee at his local hospice.

Natasha Burch

Digital Marketing Assistant

Natasha is responsible for assisting with delivery of marketing across several schemes, including handling websites, social media, and marketing materials.

Natasha has completed a level 3 digital marketing apprenticeship with Creative Process Digital in which she received a distinction.

Steve Huntington

OVO Operations Administrator

An experienced project assistant and administrator who provides the highest standard of customer service and administrative support.

Steve has been working with OVO to deliver their Electrification of Heat Trial, installing Air and Ground source heat pumps across the South-East, as well as helping to support and train our newest Retrofit Coordinators and Assessors.

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