Ellie Horwitch-Smith has been involved with SHAP since our first consultancy project in 2005 and joined the SHAP Board about four years ago. This Autumn, Ellie stepped up to become SHAP’s new Chair as well as being appointed as the new Assistant Director – Route to Net Zero Carbon at Birmingham City Council.
An experienced energy project management leader, Ellie specialises in decarbonisation in buildings and particularly in developing district heating projects, from mapping through to Full Business Case.
Ellie has worked with local authority and other public and private sector clients for over 15 years, holding Director level positions in global and UK consultancy firms including the Atkins Group company Faithful+Gould, Adecoe – an energy in housing SME – and for the past 3 years at her own company, Energyharmonics.
Ellie’s current projects include coordination of an £80m competitive dialogue procurement for a design, build, operate and maintain contractor, leading to Full Business Case decision in late 2021, supporting development of the Outline Business Case for two networks in the Black Country, as well as the development of a borough-wide Net Zero Strategy.
Ellie also has an interesting side venture, supporting the District Heating Divas – a women’s network group operating nationally, with regional hubs in the Midlands, London, the North of England, Scotland and the South East. Ellie hosts the Midlands meetings, and through this group is part of the Diva’s mentoring programme, providing mentoring support, as well as being a mentee herself.
So, it goes without saying that we’re thrilled to see Ellie take up her new role this Autumn as Vice-Chair to guide SHAP into a new era of sustainable housing sector research and collaboration.
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