SEA Executive Committee Members
Our members are the lifeblood of our organisation; it is the engagement of our membership that allows us to collaborate to develop credible policy positions. Our Executive Committee sets the strategic direction for the organisation and agrees on long-term positioning in policy and the marketplace.
Legislation & Compliance Manager
Graham Wright is the SEA Vice President and a mechanical engineer who has worked in the air conditioning industry for over 30 years. He has project managed some of the largest chiller projects in London and worked in product marketing and engineering across Europe for 3 major AC manufacturers. Graham is currently responsible for reviewing existing and pending EU and UK legislation appertaining to the heating and air conditioning sector, specifically in Part L, BREEAM, and EN standards, complete with the associated legal requirements within the industry.
He also participates in industry groups with FETA, the Heat Pump Association, HEVAC, and MCS. Graham is the HPA Chairman, past Chairman of FETA, past President of HEVAC, chairs FETA AC Technical Committee. Graham also sits on several standards committees dealing with refrigerant safety and equipment performance .
Head of Residential Heating and Ventilation
Russell Dean is the SEA Vice President and Head of Residential Heating & Ventilation at Mitsubishi Electric, Russell has spent the past 15 years of his career at Mitsubishi Electric, 10 of which have been specialising in Renewable Heating and specifically its Residential Application. In his current role Russell is responsible for the following teams Product Development, Marketing, Pre Sales Design, Sales, Operations and Service & Maintenance. Russell is an Engineer by trade, qualified to a HND level and has recently completed a Post Graduate in Leadership & Management. Russell is an active member of the SEA Executive Committee, Heat Pump Association and works closely with UKGBC.
Richard Burnley is the former Managing Director at Kingspan Insulation Britain & Ireland, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of a range of insulation products. He has previous experience with SIG plc and Dow Europe GmbH, and originally trained in chemical engineering at Loughborough University.
I believe that SEA’s credibility largely stems from grounding its advocacy on strong economic rationale, evidence and analysis. In addition it is important that we continue to strive to balance our work in influencing policy across both a fabric first approach (including efficient heating systems) as well as the use of renewables in hitting low carbon budget targets. The SEA can shape future policy frameworks by encouraging the application of combinations of measures across the full range of SEA members’ product offerings. This will promote growth within the market for all building-level energy efficient measures.
CPL Renewables has been launched to focus on the development and distribution of wood pellet heating solutions to non-domestic customers across the UK. Offering wood pellet boilers from a variety of manufacturers, installation and maintenance services, finance lease agreements or Energy Supply Contracts, CPL is facilitating the take up of wood pellet heating across the UK.
CPL values the exposure given to the organisation by being a members of the SEA. We also benefit from the opportunity to raise awareness of policy issues of importance to us and to discuss common issues with other industry stakeholders. Having the backing of a leading industry association with a strong reputation for shaping policy which is comprised of such a wide range of organisations builds on CPL’s industry authority which ultimately has a positive impact on our commercial position.
Senior Manager, Innovation - Blue Lab
EDF is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity and supplies electricity and gas to around 5.5 million residential and business customers. We also provide a wide range of non-energy products and services such as energy advice and the installation of heating and microgeneration products.
Membership of the Sustainable Energy Association enables us to support the development of cross-industry and credible input to policy development, backed up by factual, reasoned arguments.
Head of Regulatory Affairs
Jonathan Ducker is Head of Regulatory Affairs at Kingspan Insulation Limited, one of the Industry’s leading manufacturers of insulation products. Jonathan has considerable experience of building modelling and performance, as well as energy efficiency policy, regulations and standards. Prior to joining Kingspan, Jonathan worked as an assistant B&CE engineer for consultancy firm Scott Wilson, acting as Establishment Works Consultants in support of various parts of the MOD estate.
Kingspan’s mission is to accelerate a net zero emissions future with the wellbeing of people and planet at its heart.
I believe that the SEA’s vision and cross-Industry membership, together with its technologically agnostic grounding, helps to develop balanced policy proposals, based upon a strong economic rationale, with supporting evidence and analysis to add weight to recommendations. Ultimately, the SEA helps to support better policy-making, better standards, better, more efficient buildings and improved outcomes for the people that occupy those buildings, as well as market growth for the Industry.
Technical and Strategy Director, Knauf Insulation, Northern Europe
Steven has over a decade of experience in energy efficiency strategy and project management. He previously worked for both the Energy Saving Trust and the Welsh Government managing the region’s area based retrofit programme – Arbed. At Knauf Insulation Steven’s team cover a range of areas from new product and system certification and customer technical service support to large scale R&D project delivery. Steven is currently chair of the Sustainable Energy Association’s Energy Efficiency Working Group and formally chaired the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturer Association’s Policy Committee.
Knauf Insulation is pleased to be part of the SEA. Only through a holistic approach to energy efficiency and micro-generation will we make serious progress in reducing carbon emissions from our building stock. Our participation in the SEA is a building block in the realisation of this objective.
Commercial Director UK & Ireland
Paul Simpson is the Commercial Director at Recticel Insulation. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the insulation and construction industries. Based in Stoke-on-Trent at a state-of-the-art facility, Recticel Insulation are part of the Recticel Group, one of the world’s largest producers of PIR products.
Energy efficiency has long been recognised as the most cost effective way to meet all of the goals of energy policy. We have seen the SEA develop in recent years to become a very effective and constructive voice for a fabric-first approach to energy policy. Recticel are therefore pleased to be an Executive Member of this influential organisation as it helps to shape the UK market for the future.
Head of Training and External Affairs
During a career of over 35 years in the European heating industry, Mark has held a variety of roles and gained experience in various markets including the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany and Turkey. His expertise includes an understanding of market size and value, trends, and legislative influences on domestic and commercial heating.