National Energy Foundation Chief Executive receives prestigious sustainable engineering award

6th December 2016

The work of Dr Kerry Mashford, the Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, has been recognised with a sustainable engineering award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The new IMechE award was established by the institution’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group to reward and recognise a Mechanical Engineer who has taken significant steps to bridge the gap between an unsustainable present and a more sustainable future.

Kerry was nominated by some of her peers in the profession and received the award at the group’s annual lecture, which took place at IMechE’s Westminster headquarters on Monday 5 December.

Throughout her career, Kerry has excelled at working at the interfaces between policy, strategy and implementation across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has also advised national and regional governments, academic programmes and major public and private enterprises.

Kerry won the award in recognition of her long-standing and sustained commitment to bringing together the forces of engineering and technical and business innovation across multiple sectors to address the challenges associated with building a more sustainable future.

Kerry’s interest in energy efficiency and excellent building design also extends into her personal life. She and her husband have built several pioneering sustainable homes, combining practical design, innovative materials and intelligent building controls.

Kerry has decided to share the award prize money with the National Energy Foundation’s Energy Envoys project, an exciting volunteering opportunity available to 300,000 young people as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

On receiving the award, Kerry Mashford commented:

“It’s an honour and a great pleasure to receive this prize, particularly as it was totally unexpected. Like many people, I have spent my career trying to make a difference and helping to create a more sustainable future. It’s a great honour to have my efforts recognised, especially by my peers in the mechanical engineering profession.”

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In 2015, Kerry received the Women Leaders MK Award in the Environment category as well as being shortlisted for the Science & Technology award.  Earlier this year she was a finalist in the Built Environment category of the National First Women Awards.