Gary is a construction engineer by training and early career. After completing a wood science masters, Gary became inspired by the technical potential of natural construction products, and now has over 15 years experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of natural fibre geotextiles and natural insulation products. Gary is Director of Plant Fibre Technology Ltd, a company focused on the technical development of bio-based materials.
Building on a career that spanned senior roles in the energy and agricultural sectors, Graham has contributed to the development of a number of UK and European policies on renewable energy and sustainability.
As a former oil trader in London, Houston and Texas, Graham applied the many commercial and logistics lessons to the UK animal feed market, where he established and grew Prime Molasses. After the sale of Prime to German commodity house Peter Cremer Gmbh he served on the board of several renewable energy supply companies, including Green Spirit Fuels and Flex Fuels Energy, and founded what is now the UKs largest national biomass distributor, Forever Fuels. Graham is a former chair of the Environmental Industries Commission RTF group, author of the original UK biofuels legislation (with the late Lord Carter) and has advised a range of public sector organisations from local authorities to HM Treasury on the best deployment of renewable energy and safeguards for its sustainability.
Graham became involved in the construction sector, after working on the initial concepts around the new Eco-town in St Austell and is the Chairman of renewable roofing development company Ecobond Cymru.
Jon Bootland is Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation (SD Foundation), which works to promote a radical step change in sustainability performance of the UK built environment, with a particular focus on clients and investors. Through this work, Jon is Director of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) and the SHINE network for sustainable healthcare buildings, and is Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust, as well as leading other projects on schools, existing homes and low carbon communities.
Jon has over 20 years experience in sustainability for the property and construction sectors, including previous roles at The Prince’s Foundation and CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association) and has specific expertise in how to embed sustainability into building procurement and estate management processes. Jon is also an Associate at Forum for the Future.
Mark Lynn has over 18 years’ experience of natural building materials in the fields of natural insulation and timber preservation. Mark has been Managing Director of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd for the past 5 years and is passionate about making the best use of local resources, minimising waste and ensuring that sustainability, performance and quality go hand in hand. He has a strong scientific and commercial background, being a graduate of chemistry and having completed his MBA at the University of Edinburgh in 2001. In addition to his current positions, Mark has worked throughout the world in technical and commercial roles whilst with Rentokil Timber Preserving and has 5 years management consultancy experience. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Neil was an anthropologist and also a documentary film maker, before becoming a building labourer in 1988 for 4 years, and then setting up his own award winning ecological and conservation building company. This company was sold in 2004.
In 1999 Neil set up Natural Building Technologies (NBT see www.natural-building.co.uk), a company that sells and develops high performance environmental building envelope systems for the mainstream construction industry in the UK. Neil is now CEO.
Neil is a founder and Director of the Good Homes Alliance (www.goodhomes.org.uk), the UK’s leading organisation of environmental developers and building professionals. He is also a director of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP www.asbp.org.uk), former Director of the Passivhaus Trust (www.passivhaustrust.org.uk), as well as a member of various Government Advisory groups. He is an Honorary Senior Researcher of the world-leading Energy Institute at UCL and is about to take up a part time secondment there to examine the unintended consequences of de-carbonising the built environment. He is also a Director of Positive Money(www.positivemoney.org.uk), a campaigning organisation to change the money system in the UK and elsewhere.
In regard to refurbishment, Neil is working with NBT and UCL on a 2 year project on Internal Wall Insulation, including extensive laboratory testing, case studies and advanced modelling. Neil has recently helped form the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA www.stbauk.org) which includes English Heritage, Historic Scotland, SPAB, National Trust, Construction Skills and others and is leading work for DECC on the technical, heritage, and cost risks of Green Deal measures on traditional solid wall buildings.
Associates: Kirsten Priebe:
Kirsten is helping to develop the Passivhaus Trust in the UK and has joined ASBP to lead on membership.
Simon does all the work board members don't have time to do. Simon is a Chartered Surveyor, with a Masters in Architecture; Advanced Energy and Environmental Systems. He worked at Construction Resources, BioRegional and the GHA.