Sustainable Homes board
Tony Burton, CBE - Executive Chair
Tony founded the national charity, Civic Voice, and is a trustee of Friends of the Earth. He is a leading advocate of neighbourhood planning and advises Tarmac and HS2 on sustainability. Tony is also Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund and was previously Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the National Trust and Deputy Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England. He was awarded a CBE in the Jubilee Honours 2012.
Diana Kingdon, FCIS MBA - Non Executive Director
Diana has been involved in social housing for over 20 years. She is currently Chief Executive of Greenoak Housing Association, one of only three winners nationally of the Housing Corporation’s Gold award for environmental sustainability, and winners of Inside Housing’s Sustainability Awards: Social Housing Provider of the Year - Innovative Approach to Green Homes’, and ‘The best low energy social housing project of the year’.
Benoit Witchalls, BEng (Hons) MProf - Non- Executive Director
Ben is a Civil Engineer who has spent much of his career developing and implementing risk and impact management processes for large infrastructure projects. His work is varied and includes large scale low carbon distributed energy projects as well as more traditional oil and gas exploration and production. Due to a particular passion for the built environment he has also founded a company specialising in low energy refurbishment within the built environment, notably to the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard.
Clare Hierons - Non- Executive Director
Clare is currently COO of ShareAction, a charity dedicated to driving positive social and environmental change through responsible investment. During her time at the Carbon Trust Clare worked extensively with the public sector, helping local authorities, universities and NHS trusts to tackle the dual issues of carbon reduction and rising energy costs. Post Carbon Trust Clare became CEO of Carbon Leapfrog and in May 2013 successfully completed its merger with PURE the Clean Planet Trust. At Leapfrog Clare was at the heart of the growth of community energy in the UK, experience that she subsequently used in creating a community energy focused charitable foundation for the Energy Saving Trust. Clare holds a degree in Engineering and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management as well as qualifications in coaching and project management.
David Adams - Non- Executive Director
David founded, and is a director of, the Zero Carbon Hub and chaired a series of Task Groups informing the Zero Carbon homes journey. He created the UK’s ‘Pay-As-You-Save’ financing concept behind ‘Green Deal’, although structured differently, and is involved with various Green Deal and ECO groups. As Technical Director at Willmott Dixon Energy Services, he is involved in low energy new and retrofit homes and non-domestic buildings with ‘performance in use’ a particular interest. He is Advisory Board Chair for the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand and a Fellow of CORE.
Emily Braham - Non- Executive Director
Emily Braham is Strategic Energy Lead at Nottingham City Homes who manage 29,000 homes on behalf of the city council. She has led ground-breaking work to re-fit challenging tower blocks and pioneered using the Government’s Green Deal for Communities programme to improve mixed-tenure estates that have made significant inroads into fuel poverty in the city.