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Innovation and Technical Evaluation


Meet the Team

Michael Hamer

Technical Manager

Michael holds a BSc in Natural science and a PGCert in Management (2011) and has over 15 years of direct experience of managing and delivering energy efficiency projects within both domestic and industrial settings. Michael has worked for NEA since 2012, and prior to this Michael worked in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement (Cardiology), followed by a period in Electronics & Electrical Engineering, gaining HND’s in both of these disciplines. Working with a diverse range of partners, including manufacturers, housing providers and Distribution Network Operators, Michael has managed over 60 energy efficiency projects, focussed on testing and evaluating multiple technologies installed into fuel poor households.  Michael’s interests include the evolving energy landscape, energy distribution and storage, and renewable generation, and how these can bring benefits to fuel poor customers. 

Bryony Holroyd

Innovation and Technical Evaluation Co-ordinator

Bryony holds a MChem in Chemistry with Studies in Europe, and a PhD in Environmental Science. Bryony gained experience in analytical research projects before switching to work in sustainability and energy efficiency, working as a local authority sustainable development officer – responsible for improving the council’s own energy efficiency as well as promoting insulation and sustainable practises with the public. Bryony joined NEA in 2015 and is currently one of a team of technical specialists offering technical assistance to communities, as well as analysis and reporting of our portfolio of technical projects across the country. Bryony’s interests are in sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change – and how action on these can improve the quality of life for communities.

Paul Rogers

Innovation and Technical Evaluation Co-ordinator

Paul has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Materials Science (1995) from the University of Cambridge. In recent years he has worked in the solar industry and community energy sector. Paul has worked for NEA since 2016, part of the technical department, evaluating the performance of energy saving and renewable technologies in fuel poor homes. This has involved analysis of data streams from technologies and monitoring devices to assess improved performance and thermal comfort. Areas of interest include solar PV and batteries, smart heating controls and park home insulation. He is currently working on projects installing and evaluating the performance of energy storage and heat pumps and providing advice and technologies to households with solar PV

Frankie O’Keeffe

Innovation and Technical Evaluation Co-ordinator

Frankie holds a BSc in Environmental Economics & Environmental Management from the University of York and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management from the Centre for Alternative Technology. She has delivered advice to fuel poor householders across Cumbria, through home energy audits, tariff switching and installation of draught proofing and light touch energy savings measures. As an Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Specialist for a renewable energy consultancy she worked with SME’s conducting energy audits and making recommendations on energy efficiency improvements to their facilities and processes, as well as renewable energy techno-economic assessments. Frankie delivers a suite of Technical Innovation projects, designing and specifying project monitoring regimes, and supporting installers and the wider NEA teams in deploying technologies and monitoring the impact on fuel poor households. Frankie’s interests are in climate change, and equitable solutions to addressing it.

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