The Heat Project is a community based initiative and part of Blairgowrie and Rattray Development Trust.

We have been awarded a grant of £99,045 over two years from Ofgem’s Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme on April 2021.

We are also funded by the Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Our service is primarily for households, private landlords and tenants ,offering  free, clear, impartial home energy advice.

To help them reduce their energy consumption, energy bills, improve household energy standards , house insulation and alternative heating systems

Additionally, help private landlords and tenants to and meet Scottish Government property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standards cost effectively.

Our project area is Eastern and Highland Perthshire, including Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Birnam .


Reduce carbon footprint

Raise awareness of the climate emergency

Provide clear impartial advice

Saving Energy Bill

reduce their energy consumption and household carbon emissions.

Help private landlords

Achieve Energy Performance Certificate

Reach Scottish Government EPC standards cost effectively



The HEAT Project is currently led by Martin Mathers. He has been with us since the start and brings years of experience in climate change, energy and related issues.

Len Seal

Project manager 

Len worked for almost forty years in social work – with older people, in criminal justice services, child protection and children with disabilities and their families. The final eleven years was as a senior manager with a voluntary child care agency managing large budgets and staff teams. Len brings many skills to the Trust including people management, strategic management, service design and delivery and conflict resolution. He is committed to working towards the town being a more vibrant active community with a ‘buzz’. Len is a committed advocate for social justice and supporting many projects which address the consequences of climate change and plastic pollution. He has chaired various voluntary groups and two Relays for Life in Blairgowrie. Len’s role at the Trust is to manage the HEAT Project, develop the Strathmore cycle network and contribute more generally to the health of the organisation.

Martin Mathers


Martin holds an honours degrees in biology and environmental science from the University of Stirling. Has was a climate change campaigner with WWF for over 10 years after which he was seconded to Scottish Government sustainable development team and later worked for the industry team (3 years total). Before joining BRDT in 2017, spent 8 years with ScottishPower Renewables developing many of the largest onshore windfarms in the UK. He has renovated several houses including  improving the energy efficiency. His expertise runs from the scientific to the practical.

Shannon Chang


A native of Taiwan, Shannon was, for several years, a senior digital marketing, public relationship, webmaster and project manager, working with a major telecommunications services provider, an innovative technology company and lastly with Taipei City government. She took a career break to  get a Masters Degree in International Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian University and has remained in Scotland. She is passionate about house restoration, all things eco-friendly and the wider sustainability sector. In 2019, she joined the HEAT Project and applied her marketing skills and strategies to successfully raise awareness of the HEAT Project.