National Energy Foundation strengthens its expertise with four new Trustees

11th April 2014

The National Energy Foundation has strengthened its expertise with four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new Trustees - Steven Fawkes, Liz Male, Matthew Rhodes and Peter Rickaby - all have extensive experience in their respective fields and bring valuable skills to the Foundation that will support the charity in its next exciting stage of development and its mission to promote the improved use of energy in buildings.

New Trustees for the National Energy Foundation

Steven Fawkes
Steven is an internationally recognised expert on energy efficiency with over 30 years’ experience. His experience includes: advising the UK government on energy efficiency policy, implementing energy management programmes for corporates and both local and national governments, developing and negotiating large, complex energy services contracts and financing structures, and advising on energy policy and national programmes for the Romanian government. He has written two books and numerous articles and papers on energy efficiency and is currently working on financing energy efficiency initiatives in Europe and North America.

Liz Male
Liz is a public relations and marketing consultant with specialist knowledge and expertise in property, construction and sustainability in the built environment. She is a corporate communications strategist and policy adviser with 25 years’ experience working with private sector companies, social enterprises, non-departmental public bodies and charities. Since 2011, Liz has been the Chairman of TrustMark, the Government-backed scheme that helps homeowners find reputable firms to repair, maintain and improve their homes.


Matthew Rhodes
Matthew is the founder and Managing Director of Encraft, a specialist firm of consulting engineers, building physicists and web application developers focused on energy efficiency and low-carbon buildings. Before establishing Encraft, he worked in a variety of management roles for international companies, including: Unilever, PA Consulting Group and BP. Matthew is a Non-executive Director and Trustee of two charities, one of which he’s chaired for the past decade. He’s also a regular speaker at national conferences and events, and is involved in UK research funding through membership of the EPSRC College of Peers, to which he’s contributed since 2002.

Peter Rickaby
Peter is Director of Rickaby Thompson Associates, an energy and sustainability consultancy working on buildings and housing throughout the EU. He was previously Assistant Director of the Centre for Configurational Studies at The Open University, where he researched energy-related aspects of city-regional planning. Peter is an experienced SAP Assessor, a CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor and a BREEAM Accredited Professional. He is a member of the Zero Carbon Hub’s Energy Work Group and of the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Group, and is a Director of the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE). He has written numerous publications including academic papers, articles in refereed journals and book chapters, and has co-edited a book on energy efficiency in the built environment. Peter also served three terms as an independent member of Thames Valley Police Authority between 1998 and 2008.

Commenting on the new appointments, John Walker, Chair of Trustees at the National Energy Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Steven, Liz, Matthew and Peter to our Board, particularly as they’re all highly-regarded in their respective fields. Their appointments are part of our on-going strategy to build on our 25-year history and strengthen our expertise in key areas. We look forward to working with our new colleagues. All of them will play an important role in helping us in our next exciting stage of development and progress our charitable aim to improve the use of energy in buildings.”