Meet the Team

Where does this experience come from?
Richard Felgate Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 10.40.00was the Head of Energy Management at Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest multisite retailers in the UK and certainly an industry leader in the pubs & restaurants sector. Here Richard started from scratch transforming energy from being a cost that the business just incurred, to being one of the biggest opportunities for profit within the P&L. Along the way, there was a transformation in the energy efficiency of the 1,500 buildings in the estate, a big behavioural and cultural change with the 40,000 employees and the creation of a hugely capable team. It wasn’t easy and there were the regular challenges of gaining board support, securing funding and convincing the sceptics, but the results were impressive, multi million pound annual savings and relative energy reduction of over 20%.
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Richard also has considerable experience outside of Mitchells & Butlers. As the current Chairman of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), he has knowledge of many other sectors, working with government to influence future legislation and establishing energy management at the heart of successful businesses.
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You can also find out more about Richard at: uk.linkedin.com/in/richardfelgate/
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Simon Cocks has extensive energy management experience within the hospitality and multi site sector. He’s an expert on buildings and equipment, both from an operational point of view – training the teams that work within the buildings on how to achieve the greatest efficiency; and also from a technology point of view – how to make them as efficient as possible. He has carried out assessment and trials of most available technologies and then project managed roll out programs of all scales, from just a few sites to multi million pound projects covering over 1,000 sites. His background as a pub / restaurant manager means he understands how buildings and the equipment within them are used and often abused! He knows how the teams operate and will soon identify any weaknesses in proposed solutions. Simon’s a fellow of the Energy Managers Association and has won awards for innovation in energy reduction technology.
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m-schwaller-061Martin Schwaller is a people expert and has applied this passion to energy management for last 10 years. With a background in running restaurants and regional operating teams, he knows how to educate, develop and motivate teams. In applying this knowledge to energy efficiency he has been able to develop behavioural change programs that have had a long lasting impact on reducing energy consumption. A fellow of the Energy Managers Association and a winner of Best Awareness Campaign, Green Awards for his work across c.1,000 pubs and restaurants, Martin can put energy efficiency at the heart of operational excellence.