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 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 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.
Craig Thompson recently joined The Heat Project from Hillcrest Homes, where he as been helping to deliver energy advice to social housing tenants for the last four years. Prior to working at Hillcrest, Craig was with SSE Plc for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of energy tariffs, heating systems and renewable technologies. He also has experience in funding for insulation and other energy saving measures, and has worked with several successful community projects across the country.
Craig is passionate about energy efficiency, social equality and inclusion, and is a strong advocate for consumer rights.
MARKETING AND WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
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.