Rickaby Thompson Associates is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Associates of the company, Andrew Burke and Catrin Maby.  Their role will be to help us engage in their respective sectors and to assist with the delivery of projects in those areas.  Both have extensive expertise and experience and we are looking forward to working with them on a variety of projects.

Andrew Burke studied architecture at Cambridge University where he developed his long-term interest in building physics and the architectural implications of energy efficiency, leading to a doctorate from the Open University.  His career began in a local authority research and development group that both designed low energy, high density, inner-city housing and monitored the performance of demonstration projects.  As an architect in central government, he developed energy efficiency and fuel poverty policy, based on construction research he project managed. He wrote building regulations and practical guidance about ventilation, energy efficiency and access. He led the National Housing Federation’s work on the design, construction and maintenance of good quality, sustainable housing association homes.  He worked with officials on housing standards, zero carbon policy, renewable energy, fuel poverty, retrofit and regulation to create the right operating environment for housing associations.  He is a member of the National Housing Maintenance Forum, which promotes good asset management and maintenance practice to social landlords in UK.

Catrin Maby OBE has degrees in engineering science and energy resources management.  Catrin has worked in sustainable energy since 1984, when she set up an energy advice service for London tenants, and produced handbooks on recycling, draught-proofing and heating advice.  During the 1990s she worked with Birmingham City Council to develop energy efficiency aspects of urban renewal programmes, trained over 1,000 people in energy awareness, developed energy awareness materials for use in core skills adult education, and assisted several local authorities in producing HECA strategies.  In 1999 Catrin helped to establish Severn Wye Energy Agency, and as CEO built it to a 45-strong organisation, leaving in 2015 to research domestic energy retrofit as a PhD candidate with Cardiff University.  Catrin has led European partnership projects on energy advice (SErENADE), retrofit of social housing (SHARE), and community-scale delivery of retrofit (Countdown to Low Carbon Homes), as well as the innovative Stroud Target 2050 programme which included one of the five UK ‘Pay As You Save’ pilots.