The blog team..

Gary Hartley is the main writer and editor for the blog. He has communicated for organisations like Leukaemia Research, RNIB and Leonard Cheshire Disability in past incarnations. He’s unafraid to manhandle a pun. He’s also the man to contact if you’ve got something new and interesting that you’d like to contribute to this blog. estblog @ est dot org dot uk………

Richard Allen has worked as an editor for Edinburgh University Press and Saint Andrew Press. He’s also a very part-time guitar scraper for beat group Preston Pfanz & the Seaton Sands (available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, cavity wall insulation parties, etc).

Julian Roberts is the Energy Saving Trust’s Head of Comms. With his finger on the news pulse, he’s a vital source of blog material. Julian previously made a stab at making Lewisham the greenest London borough. Dumping a week’s worth of rubbish from a refuse truck onto Blackheath common to show how much people waste was probably his most risky stunt, but building a 100 metre bar chart made out of fly-tipped material in a neighbouring car park must come a close second.

Jack Melling has a nose for the news having completed a Masters in journalism which helps to provide valuable material for the blog. In his previous life, Jack tried to educate the world about the wonders of wind farms and oblong Jaffa cakes, before deciding to try his hand at energy saving.




Steven Harris Bsc DipArch RIBA is an independent renewable energy advisor and Architect.  Steven was  Technical Director of the architectural practice ZEDfactory, which built the multi-award winning Zero Carbon Development BedZED in 2000 and a contributing author of ‘The ZED book’. He was also a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Energy at the University of East London School of Architecture.He and his wife live in a zero-carbon family house they designed and built themselves.
Michael Morrison has created web content for organisations like VisitScotland, Hilton Hotels and The National Trust for Scotland; and written blog posts for many more. He’s working towards resurrecting his former career as a cheesemonger (with a sustainability USP) and, in his spare time, plays the guitar and writes.
Sarah Krekorian is the Business Marketing Assistant at the Energy Saving Trust. When she’s not supporting the Marketing team, Sarah can be found cycling around London or Somerset, cooking and baking nutritious treats to write about on her personal blog or working on her moves in the dance studio.

Zoe Holliday is the Energy Saving Trust’s local authority support officer for Scotland. When not working, she likes to cycle around Edinburgh on her rusty bike, bake cakes in an attempt to make friends, and tell bad jokes and puns to anyone who will listen.

Piper Terrett’s popular Frugal Life blog for charts her adventures living on a greener lifestyle on a smaller budget. A former FT Group financial journalist, she is author of The Frugal Life: How to spend less and live more (Good Life Press: 2009) and a regular guest on BBC Essex. As the Energy Saving Trust’s Green Voice of the UK, she represents the man on the street’s views on green issues. She also writes crime fiction and is publishing her first novel, Victim Support. Visit Piper’s website to find out more…

Ian Featherstone is the fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust responsible for ensuring that the range of transport advice provided by the Energy Saving Trust is technically accurate. Prior to joining the Energy Saving Trust he worked in the vehicle leasing and fleet sales industry. He has a broad range of experience in the sector from the retail side of the business through to large public and private fleet operations.
Charlotte Davis works on the Rural Carbon Challenge Fund; a multi-million pot of money that funds community scale renewable energy projects in the rural North West. In the past, Charlotte has worked with communities mainly for local authorities. She rolled out a new recycling scheme in the rural High Peak and delivered a fuel poverty scheme across Greater Manchester. Charlotte is an Ecology graduate and is a keen gardener in her spare time.

Tom Lock has internationally recognised expertise in the fields of environmental product standards and standard setting.  He has worked for the Energy Saving Trust for seven years, and currently manages the Energy Saving Trust Recommended product labelling scheme used by almost 300 manufacturers, suppliers and retailers on 3,000 products, as well as the organisation’s UKAS accreditation. If your question is appliance-related, he’s got the answer.

Mike Thornton
 is the Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland. His environmental career began at Chair of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, where he was Chair of the Conservation Committee. He was Development Co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth (Scotland) from 1987, and was the first Director of LEEP (now Changeworks), an energy efficiency NGO in Scotland

Joseph Hildred
 works on the Rural Carbon Challenge Fund. Joseph has a background in housing and planning, working on energy efficiency schemes for Local Authorities and Housing Associations.   Outside of work Joseph is a keen mountain biker and follows Lincoln City F.C.

Tim Anderson
 is responsible advises consumers on how they can save money when travelling. After a career in the automotive industry, he has worked on various transport programmes for the Energy Saving Trust since 2007. Being a father of two boys and living in rural Leicestershire means that trendy hobbies are out. Instead, ferrying between football training, youth group, swimming and music lessons are how he spends his spare time.

Tom Byrne works in the Technology Partnerships team in London and is a recent Geography graduate from Royal Holloway Uni. He’s into innovation and design and works primarily with microgen technologies. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, golf, cricket and unfortunately Burnley FC.



David Weatherall is one of the Energy Saving Trust’s most experienced spokespeople and has worked on the policy issues around energy efficiency for nine years. In those nine years the number of people in private rented homes has nearly doubled; some of David’s most important work has focused on ensuring that private tenants don’t get left out in the cold when it comes to energy efficiency.