Research & Analysis

Joshua Thumim
Head of Research & Analysis

Joshua has extensive experience of research in the fields of renewable energy, energy policy-making and energy strategy. Before coming to CSE as Head of Research and Analysis, he was first Strategy Adviser and then Principal Policy Officer with regard to energy at the Greater London Authority, where he was involved in managing and designing a wide range of research and implementation projects around themes of renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

Joshua'­s experience includes:

  • researching, collating, mapping and presenting energy and CO2 emissions data for use in the Mayor of London'­s Energy Strategy
  • analysing the effects of various energy policy scenarios in relation to climate change
  • providing energy expertise in planning negotiations and decisions
  • leading on policy input into the development of the Climate Change Agency
  • developing, fundraising and managing a London-wide study of the opportunities for community heating and CHP through biomass

A tangible example of Joshua's success in integrating the results of sustainable energy research projects into mainstream work of local energy developers and planning authorities, is the fact that 11 of the 36 London Boroughs now have energy planning policy documents based on work that Joshua pioneered between 2000 and 2005.

Joshua holds an MSc in environmental technology (specialising in energy policy) and a BSc (Hons) in chemistry. He has previously lived and worked in France and the USA, where he researched issues related to petroleum resource depletion and climate change. | 0117 934 1439

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Kat Blacklaws
Research Project Worker

Kat originally joined CSE in August 2013 as an intern in the Research team before being made a Project Worker in April 2014. In her time at CSE so far Kat has contributed to a number of different projects including: an extensive fuel poverty literature review for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examining previous schemes with the aim of designing better future policies, an independent evaluation of the first stages of the Green Deal and ECO, and an investigation into how data sharing can lead to better targeting of fuel poverty help for Consumer Futures (now part of Citizens Advice) completed jointly with NatCen.

Kat’s long-held passion for environmental issues led to her completing a Sustainability MSc from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a dissertation focusing on the community benefits of wind farms. During her MSc she was involved in the implementation and auditing of the Green Impact scheme, a student-run initiative that aimed to increase the energy efficiency of various university departments.

Kat keenly embraces Bristol life through her active involvement in her local community energy action group, membership of the Bristol Energy Co-operative and daily cycle to work. | 0117 934 1408

Dr Toby Bridgeman

Toby joined CSE in January 2010. Toby has a range of analytical and research skills, including qualitative and quantitative analysis of data, strong mathematical and numerical skills, and extensive experience of analysing scientific and technical literature. Toby has a strong understanding of national surveys and statistics that cover housing, demographics, public attitudes and socio-economics and is adept at using database management software (e.g. SQL). He has extensive knowledge of housing energy assessments and energy efficiency improvements and is the main operator of CSE’s Housing Assessment Model (HAM).

Toby has worked on a variety of projects at CSE. His housing stock analysis projects using HAM include: Somerset Local Authorities Housing Assessment, Two Rivers Housing Stock Assessment, Wiltshire Housing Stock Assessment and Strategic Stock Assessment for Somer Housing Group. Toby also designed and built the Housing Assessment Tool for community groups. Other projects he has been involve in include: Who’s on our wires,  Improving the Hills Definition of Fuel Poverty, the DECC National Housing Model, the National Heat Map, Supporting bids to the Local Energy Assessment Fund, Housing Energy and Fuel Poverty Assessment Tool, and the Distributional Impacts Model.

Before joining CSE, he worked in sustainable energy research for over five years. He completed a PhD in 2008 as part of the Supergen Bioenergy Consortium and then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His work has focused primarily on bioenergy, particularly analysis of sustainable fuels, and he has strong technical knowledge of renewable power and heat generation. | 0117 934 1435

Dr Tom Hinton
Software Developer

Tom joined CSE in June 2012 to work on the development of the National Household Model, a project intended to simulate the evolution of the UK's housing stock in response to policy initiatives and so enable the development of better energy policy.

Prior to joining CSE, he worked on fleet optimisation software for LNG tankers at Minimax Labs. Tom completed a PhD which mainly looked at stochastic optimisation for routing problems at the University of Bristol's Computer Science department. In his free time he enjoys riding bicycles and making gadgets. | 0117 934 1455

Martin Holley
Senior Technical Project Manager

Martin joined CSE as Technical Project Manager in May 2002. Martin's main role within CSE is to manage a portfolio of projects that are technical in nature. These include local authority support programmes, renewable energy feasibility studies and the management of energy audits within the private and public sectors. He also assists in the provision of general technical support throughout CSE. Martin is also a PRINCE2 qualified project manager.

His career experience also includes working overseas for an environmental consultancy in Ecuador, where he worked on implementing pollution control and energy-saving techniques in industry, and initiated a feasibility study on rural electrification using renewable sources of energy. More recently, Martin worked for PV Systems Ltd in Cardiff as a project engineer and was responsible for designing and installing monitoring systems for renewable energy installations both in the UK and abroad.

Martin holds an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology and BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. He also holds engineering qualifications, having served an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce plc, Bristol, after which he served for three years within the Test Measurement Department. | 0117 934 1419

Annette Lamley
Senior Research Project Worker

Annette joined CSE in September 2012 and is working on a number of different projects including a Building Performance Evaluation of Wiltshire Council’s Bourne Hill offices in Salisbury, and a study looking into the sustainable retrofit of traditional buildings for English Heritage.

Before joining CSE, Annette worked as a sustainability consultant within the construction industry for approximately four years. She qualified as a BREEAM Accredited Professional and Code for Sustainable Homes assessor, and has worked on a range of projects within the education, commercial and residential sectors. Annette also has previous experience of conducting renewable energy feasibility studies and of modelling the energy consumption of buildings.

Annette completed an MSc in Energy Policy at the University of Exeter in 2011 and also holds a BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology from the University of York. During her MSc studies, she undertook a dissertation looking into the impacts that different policies have on the type of energy saving measures and carbon reduction strategies that are implemented in primary schools in Cornwall. | 0117 934 1415

Joe McMullen
Research Project Worker

Joe joined CSE in 2013 as an intern in the Local and Community Empowerment team. During this time he was involved with a variety of projects including Green Open Homes, Less is More and CSE Communities. Following the end of his internship, Joe joined the research team as a Project Worker on a range of projects.

Joe joined CSE directly from university where he studied for a BSc Physics and MSc Sustainable Energy Systems, both from the University of Edinburgh. | 0117 934 1431

Zoe Redgrove

Zoe joined CSE in 2006. She manages several projects at CSE including an evaluation of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau’s Energy Best Deal programme, Who's On Our Wires for Western Power Distribution -  an innovative project looking at potential future demands on the electricity network from changes in customer behaviour - and an in-depth analysis of National Heat Map data from Bristol City Council. She supports a range of other projects, such as CSE's Open Data Collaboration Initiative and the Neighbourhood Electricity Demand Challenge. 

Zoe works extensively with Geographic Information Systems to map heat demand and renewable energy resources. She has strong data analysis skills and has expertise in producing models in both spreadsheets and databases. She also has an in-depth knowledge of UK and European energy policy and strong experience of working with local authorities, central government and third sector organisations to develop policy and programmes to promote sustainable energy and reduce fuel poverty. 

Before joining CSE Zoe worked in the Renewable Energy Team at Standard Chartered Bank, undertaking research into the global renewable energy industry and carbon trading market, and developing cash flow models for wind farm projects.  

Zoe has an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Energy Policy, from Imperial College London, and a BA in Economics from Manchester University. As part of her MSc studies she undertook a research thesis on the role of the English regions in supporting renewable energy development, interviewing regional and local stakeholders in two regions. | 0117 934 1437

Glenn Searby
Junior Software Developer

Glenn joined CSE in 2012 to work on the National Housing Model. The NHM project's goal is to produce an energy, bill payer cost and carbon emission model of the UK’s housing stock, then to simulate how it would change over time under scenarios defined by energy policy makers and analysts.

Before joining CSE, he worked for three years developing healthcare software at Bluewire Technologies. There, he worked on programs to store and display patient history for hospital clinicians, to alert them to major risk factors, and to recommend safe drug prescriptions.

Glenn has a BA in History and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Bristol.

Kate Simpson

 Kate joined CSE in October 2014. Prior to joining CSE, Kate trained at the LoLo CDT for Energy Demand Reduction, gaining an MRes in Energy Demand Reduction in 2011 and is currently finishing a PhD titled ‘Energy efficiency refurbishment to UK owner-occupied dwellings: The occupants’ perspective’ with ten case study households.

She has skills in qualitative and quantitative research. Qualitative skills include interviews, focus groups and thematic analysis.  Quantitative skills include measurement of air temperature, relative humidity, CO2, quantitative data analysis, building energy modelling and dwelling fabric air-tightness testing. During her MRes she carried out a study on the indoor air quality of schools. She gained a BSc in Building Surveying from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010, her research dissertation was titled ‘Issues relating to energy efficiency in traditional dwellings’, which used case study dwellings from Gascoyne-Cecil Estates Building and Development Department, where she worked as a trainee building surveyor 2008-2009. She carried out householder interviews on a Chesshire Lehmann Fund project titled ‘Fuel poverty: Evidence from an inner London Borough’ in 2012. During her BSc she also worked as a part-time CAD technician and also gained experience working for an estate agent in Leeds.

Kate is passionate about communicating energy research and enjoys experimenting with fun ways to engage people.  She has collaborated on activities such as a festival energy village, school workshops, assemblies and an energy play, public energy debates and talks, academic comedy events, ingenious busking about building physics, stop-motion films about U-Values and air quality. She has also led two Open Homes tours and carried out door-to-door energy engagement with RE:NEW and Groundwork. She is an active Transition group and Green Party member. Recently, Kate started a collaborative blog ‘Energy Research Collective’. She also enjoys outdoor activities, creative crafts, dancing and live music. | 0117 934 1400

Richard Tiffin
Senior Software Developer

Rich joined CSE in June 2012 to work on the development of the National Household Model, a project intended to simulate the evolution of the UK's housing stock in response to policy initiatives and so enable the development of better energy policy.

Prior to joining CSE, he worked as a consultant within the J2EE practice of EMC Consulting. He has been designing and building system integration, web and internal applications for over 12 years, working across a variety of industry verticals where he has been involved in the full software development lifecycle from analysis and design to programming and managing development teams.

He has a BSc in Computer Science from Plymouth University and has recently moved to Bristol. | 0117 934 1411

Vicki White

Vicki joined CSE in 2006 and has since worked extensively on both quantitative and qualitative research projects, leading on statistical analysis of survey data and undertaking in-depth qualitative stakeholder and consumer interviews.

A key area of expertise is in distributional impacts analysis, where she has supported a number of research projects using a dataset of UK household energy consumption derived from Expenditure and Food Survey data. Vicki has supported the development of the Distributional Impacts Model for Policy Scenario Analysis (DIMPSA) which is now used under license by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to analyse the distributional impacts on consumer energy bills of UK Climate Change Policies. She also undertook statistical analysis of DIMPSA outputs in a study for Consumer Focus, as part of its commitment to support the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group’s (FPAG) work on energy tariffs. This work explored the impact of the Energy Bill and other social and environmental policies on household energy bills, particularly for vulnerable consumer groups. In two separate projects for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, using a GB-representative dataset of household emissions, Vicki analysed the distribution of emissions across the GB population, assessing potential impacts of carbon taxation, and how such an approach can be made fairer to protect low income households.

Vicki has worked on a number of fuel poverty and housing stock-improvement projects. Using CSE’s Housing Assessment Model (HAM), she has analysed the energy efficiency requirements and potential for improvement measures in the local housing stock for 14 different community group areas and eight Local Authorities across Wiltshire, Somerset, Bath and North Somerset. Vicki undertook initial modelling using English Housing Survey data to address issues of missing data needed for analysing local area housing stock databases. She also developed a series of syntax in SPSS and spreadsheets in Excel to facilitate an automated and quality-controlled process for analysing all the resulting outputs of HAM. 

Vicki has also worked on a number of qualitative studies. These have included an evaluation of a local solid wall pilot scheme targeted at fuel poor households in the Bath & North East Somerset area to explore householders’ experience of the installation process and its various impacts, and a study into the attitudes and coping strategies of households living on a low income and in cold homes.

Prior to joining CSE Vicki worked for the Macaulay Institute for Land Use Research in Aberdeen. Based in the socio-economic research group, she supported a variety of research projects on sustainable rural development, with a particular focus on stakeholder engagement, participative approaches and partnership working. Specific research included developing new approaches to understanding public perceptions of landscapes.

Vicki graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management. Her study included a short period of research in Indonesia, looking at the economic impact of ecotourism in South East Sulawesi. | 0117 934 1434