FPRN Committee

FPRN Committee at House of Lords
Members of the FPRN Committee with Brenda Boardman at the Eaga Charitable Trust event in the House of Lords, October 2019. From left to right: Rob Marchand, Aimee Ambrose, Danielle Butler, Brenda Boardman,William Baker, Graeme Sherriff, Jenny Brierley

The following are members of the FPRN committee and trustees of the charity.

Dr Aimee Ambrose (Chair)
Aimee has spent over a decade researching different aspects of the interactions between housing, energy and people. Exploring and exposing the lived experiences of the fuel poor and evaluating policies and initiatives designed to combat it has driven her to contribute to evidence based solutions to this seemingly wicked problem. 

William Baker
William has worked on fuel poverty issues at both the local and national levels for over 30 years: as a researcher, policy officer and campaigner. He believes that good quality evidence, making the link with wider inequalities and effective campaigns, are essential for ending this pernicious problem.

Danielle Butler
Danielle is a Senior Research and Policy Officer at National Energy Action and an Academic Advisor to the International Energy Agency’s Task 24 on engaging hard to reach energy users. Danielle’s research has primarily focused on the lived experience of fuel poverty among ‘at risk’ groups, considering key factors such as age and rurality. She is particularly interested in the role of social relations and the social process of energy-related advice and support.

Jenny Brierley
Working in housing associations in Yorkshire for several decades, inspired her passion for making homes low-energy in use, to tackle fuel poverty as well as cut carbon emissions.  Jenny is now researching, at Sheffield University, how living in, and maintaining, low-energy homes can ensure not just low heating costs but healthy indoor air as well.

Dr Robert Marchand
Rob’s interest in tackling Fuel Poverty emerged in 2011 when he started his PhD research in to low carbon interventions and housing, which quickly morphed to explore how to target fuel poverty policy more effectively. A chance meeting with Aimee in 2015 led them to propose forming the FPRN and the rest, as they say, is history. Today Rob works at Sheffield University Management School and his research interests are still focussed on better targeting of fuel poverty policy, in the UK and further afield, working with partners in industry, policy and practice whenever possible.

Dr Trivess Moore
Trivess is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). His research focuses on the intersection between technical performance, social impact and policy in relation to how housing, households and how the housing sector will transition to a low carbon future. Fuel poverty is an increasing social and economic issue in Australia and frames many of Trivess’ current research projects including an Australian Research Council Linkage project looking at how to upscale housing retrofit and improve energy outcomes.

Dr Graeme Sherriff
Graeme is a research fellow at University of Salford and co-director of the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) in the School of Health and Society. He focuses on the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice, in the fields of energy and mobility in particular. How we enable people to be warm (or cool) at home in a way that is compatible with tackling climate change is central to this enquiry. Fuel poverty has been central to his research since 2013 years.

Marilyn Smith
Marilyn is Executive Director of  The Energy Action Project (EnAct) a science communications specialist with ~20 years’ experience in presenting news and information to non-scientific audiences (e.g. policy makers, advocacy groups, the general public) via various media. For the past decade, she has focused primarily on energy and energy poverty, including a stint as Chief Editor of the International Energy Agency (2009-12).

As actors around the world take up the challenge of achieving universal access to sustainable, affordable energy (Sustainable Development Goal 7), Marilyn’s mantra is that it is time for everyone to ‘get’ energy. She founded EnAct to foster cross-sector collaboration in tackling energy poverty, while also helping public audiences better understand this issue and energy more broadly. EnAct distils key elements of lengthy reports into content that connects the dots across academic research, policy initiatives, civil society and social impact projects, and financial schemes. COLD@HOME reports on energy poverty in the EU and North America.