The Academy Team

David Pierpoint

Chief Executive

David founded The Retrofit Academy CIC in 2016, following over two years as CEO at CoRE, the former centre of excellence for domestic retrofit. 

At CoRE, David led submissions to the Bonfield and Hansford Reviews that were highly influential in changing the direction of the energy efficiency sector. Prior to CoRE, David spent over a decade running sustainability and construction-related exhibitions and conferences. David has an MBA with Distinction and an MPhil in Modern History.

Jenny Pierpoint

Chief Operating Officer

Jenny has recently joined The Retrofit Academy CIC and leads on operations and programmes.

She has over 15 years’ experience working in management consulting and local government transformation and has managed large teams of designers and project managers. She is an associate chartered management accountant, a PRINCE2 project manager, qualified programme manager and a change management practitioner.

Jenny started her career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, moving on to Tribal Local Government Consulting in order to focus on public sector work. Prior to joining the Retrofit Academy, she spent over 9 years with Staffordshire County Council as a Senior Project Manager and Portfolio Manager.

In her spare time, she likes running and swimming, drinking good wine and eating dark chocolate!

Mandeep Sandhu

Project Manager

Mandeep has been involved in delivering strategic training solutions for SME and corporate sectors for over ten years. He started at The Retrofit Academy in February 2020 and leads on Retrofit Coordinator qualification involving client engagement, training operations, and working alongside key stakeholders to deliver key projects. Outside work, Mandeep is an advocate for energy conservation and hopes to retrofit his house in future.

Charlotte Cureton

Senior Marketing and Membership Coordinator

Charlotte graduated with a 2:1 In Finance and Marketing at Keele University and has worked within the marketing industry for five years. With experience in both international and national organisations such as MIQ Shanghai, she has an analytical mind and a creative spark. Her passion is writing great content and branding.

Technical Leads

Dr Peter Rickaby

technical author, pas 2035

Peter studied architecture at Cambridge University and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University. He has over thirty-five years of experience as an energy and sustainability consultant working for the building and housing industries. In recent years he has specialised in domestic retrofit, and he played a leading role in the Retrofit for the Future programme as well as helping to develop the acclaimed Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management training for the The Retrofit Academy.

He is a member of the Each Home Counts Implementation Board and chairs the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group, which is developing a framework of technical standards for domestic retrofit. Peter’s current work involves assisting housing organisations to integrate sustainability and retrofit into their asset management strategies, dealing with condensation damp and mould problems, delivering training and preparing technical guidance about retrofit.

Tutors

Russell Smith

Managing Director of Retrofit Works

Russell is the Founder and Managing Director of award-winning consultancy Parity Projects, a company dedicated to transforming the existing housing stock. Parity Projects advises and project-manages renovations for private homeowners, local authorities, and housing associations. He is also the founder and Director of RetrofitWorks; a multi-stakeholder cooperative, matching property owners and community groups with local, certified retrofit professionals and trades under on administration. 

Robert Prewett

Enerphit Architect

Robert Prewett is a director at Prewett Bizley Architects, a practice that has a strong focus on low energy design, in particular retrofit work to existing buildings.

In 2009 he led the design and execution of a deep retrofit of a house within a conservation area in Hackney, where heating demand was successfully reduced by 90%. Since then, Enerphit Architect has completed several other retrofit projects and has established itself as a specialist in this field.

 

Robert has contributed to a set of low carbon retrofit guides published by the Institute for Sustainability, in which he set out the case for the role of ‘retrofit coordinator’. In 2013 the RIBA invited him to co-host a series of 13 CPD presentations around the UK on the subject of building physics relating to retrofit.

 

Prewett Bizley is a founding member of the UK Passivhaus Trust.

Dr Sarah Price

Head of Consultancy at Enhabit

Dr Sarah Price is a Certified Passivhaus Consultant. After completing her PhD in Molecular Physics at the University of Birmingham, she has specialised in building physics and project management. She has first-hand experience of completing low-energy retrofit projects and has run several training sessions on Passivhaus, PHPP (Passivhaus Planning Package) and EnerPHit for architects, planners and other construction professions. Sarah was the lead editor responsible for refining and optimising the Retrofit Coordinator qualification content.

Sarah is the new Technical Author of BSI PAS 2035.

Alan Pither

Assessor and Online Mentor

Alan Pither has been professionally involved in energy efficiency assessment and advice since 1985, running a small company based in Shropshire since 2002. Alan Pither Ltd is an ABBE and City & Guilds approved centre for all of the energy assessor qualifications and regularly delivers training courses for BRE and NHER. He also leads the Energy Advice Training Consortium which has developed a range of courses for energy advisors at different levels. In addition to training, Alan offers a range of consultancy services to local authorities, housing associations and individual building owners. These include the development of energy efficiency and climate change strategies as well as building surveys and recommendations for energy efficiency improvement measures. The latter covers all types of buildings with the majority being large domestic properties that are being refurbished and/or extended, usually off the mains gas grid, so advice on alternative heating options is also needed.

DR Zachary Gill

Assessor

Dr Zachary Gill (EngD, CEng, CMVP, Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination) is a building performance expert, working and challenging the field of low-energy domestic buildings for over 12 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 building performance consultancy, SOAP Retrofit Ltd, to continue championing real-world measurement techniques and developing science-based retrofit approaches

Two core mantras drive Zack and SOAP’s work:

1. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

2. “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t”

Andrew Myer

Assessor

Andrew Myer is a semi-retired freelance energy/environmental consultant and domestic energy advisor. He initially trained and practised as an architect, specialising from 1980 in energy issues related to buildings – including passive solar design, and energy efficiency, management and policy. From 1990 this broadened to embrace the wider environmental impacts of building design, construction and use, and the management systems and training necessary for systematic implementation of improved technologies and approaches. Andrew has worked for individual and corporate clients, in government, community and private sectors. From 1992-99 he was involved with ‘Greening the Games’ for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and for 2007-2013 was an honorary Commissioner on the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012. He has been a self-employed Domestic Energy Assessor since 2007, a Green Deal Advisor since 2013, a Retrofit Co-ordinator since 2015, and is now a Retrofit Assessor too.

DAVID MANNS

Assessor

David is a construction and real estate professional with over 40-years of experience now working in the private sector after a long spell performing in Local Government and for a large Registered Social Landlord (RSL).
Currently, Operations Director for 2035 Assessments Limited, the Managing Director of a Chartered Surveying and Architectural Services practice in Suffolk, an acting Trustee Board Member for a local housing Charity and an Assessor/Mentor for the Retrofit Academy. He is also an acting committee member of the CIOB Ipswich Hub and past regional chairman/committee member for CABE. David has a passion for tackling climate change by working with approved energy efficiency installers, LA’s and RSL’s to reduce CO2 emissions to their housing stocks.

Stephen Farrow

Assessor

Stephen joined ECMK in 2014 as an Accreditation Scheme Manager. Stephen is a multi-qualified energy assessor and surveyor with extensive experience in the energy assessor market. Prior to ECMK Stephen ran a surveying and energy assessment company and worked for BRE Global Ltd. 

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