National Energy Foundation Chief Executive shortlisted for national CBI award

10th May 2016

The Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, Dr Kerry Mashford, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the national 2016 First Women Awards, which recognise outstanding senior level business women and professionals in their fields.

Kerry was entered for the First Women Awards after winning a Women Leaders MK Award at the end of last year. This was for an outstanding record of achievement in developing standards for housing and buildings that have a real impact on the environment. Having been involved in some ground-breaking projects, she was described as not only a role model for her industry but, having built her own very energy-efficient house, someone who also practises what she preaches.

Kerry has been shortlisted in the First Women Awards in the Built Environment category.

Prior to joining NEF, Kerry applied her determination and perseverance to devise and deliver the £8 million Building Performance Evaluation programme for Innovate UK. The project shone a light on what is now known as the ‘performance gap’ – the gap between theoretical and realised building performance - an issue which much of the construction sector was previously in denial over.

Kerry has been the Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation since December 2012. The Foundation is an independent, national charity that has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings for more than 25 years. It supports developers, clients and building owners through: understanding energy use; advising on better-performing new and existing buildings; helping to save energy and reduce costs; undertaking research and innovation; and tackling fuel poverty.

The National Energy Foundation has a national reputation and is used by leading developers, property owners and those involved in the pioneering work on new towns as a source of impartial advice, practical experience and technical expertise; helping them to ensure buildings perform as well as their predictions, and possibly even better.

In her current role, Kerry continues to highlight the performance gap and leads the work at NEF in addressing it through bringing forward new tools, techniques and processes to reduce the gap, and to measure and improve building performance.

Commenting on her shortlisting, Dr Mashford said:

“It is a real honour to be shortlisted for the First Women Awards. I hope that, through this, more people will come to know of the work of the National Energy Foundation, especially in reducing the performance gap and improving the energy performance of new and existing buildings. I also hope that young people, and particularly young women, will be inspired to pursue fulfilling careers in the built environment.”

Notes for editors


First Women Awards and Women Leaders MK Awards

  • The First Women Awards recognise pioneering UK women who have opened up opportunities for others. It was created by Real Business and the CBI in 2005. Previous winners include trailblazing, often unsung, women across UK manufacturing, science and technology, as well as iconic leaders such as designer Nicole Farhi.
  • Women Leaders MK celebrates and recognises women living or working within the Milton Keynes postcode area who have contributed to the growth of their own particular sector and the ongoing success of Milton Keynes.