Staff & Trustees

The Team

Gillian Wilshaw – Services & Operations Manager

Gill has worked for Beat the Cold for over 7 years and is the key strategic and operational
presence at Beat the Cold. Working with the trustees she runs the day to day operations, is responsible for financial and performance reporting and supports the Business Development Manager in ensuring that data to support new bids is made available. Gill is responsible for the overall strategy and growth of business in line with the long term strategic direction of the organisation set by the trustees. Gill’s professional background is in operational and business management of large offices and schools support services.

Martin Peake – Business Development Manager

Martin has a long background of multi-agency collaboration through his previous roles with a Home Improvement Agency. He has recently taken on the role of our Business Development Manager with responsibility for developing new projects in order to deliver our long term plan. In this role Martin’s primary aims are to work with organisations helping them to deliver their objectives by offering the range of services provided by Beat the Cold and developing new initiatives. Martin has a wealth of knowledge on the issues of fuel poverty particularly as a factor in determining public health policy

Jules Hill – Energy Advisor

Jules has worked for Beat the Cold for 7 years. Currently Jules spends part of each week working with a registered Social Landlord on a comprehensive energy advice service to their tenants and energy advice training to housing officers. She also delivers talks, training and events to partner agencies, volunteers and front line staff. She has taken a particular interest in working with communities to reduce their carbon emissions in Stafford. Jules has also worked with ‘Science for Sustainability ‘ at Keele University and on school workshops. She has built up considerable expertise in fuel switching and solar P.V working on projects in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. She recently passed the SFJ – Supporting Access to Legal Advice (Level 2) course and in 2014 received the NEA’s Heat Heroes Award.

Peter Lovell – Energy Advisor

Peter has worked for Beat the Cold for 10 years and is a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor, able to issue Energy Performance Certificates. He has built up particular expertise working with those in fuel poverty on projects in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire including fuel switching and solar P.V

Rosie Thorpe – Energy Advisor

Rosie has worked for Beat the Cold for 9 years and currently works mainly on the
Changes4Warmth project in partnership with Changes Health & Well being. She is responsible for delivery of services in Stoke on Trent, North Staffordshire, Tamworth and Burntwood. She also delivers talks and events to partner agencies and front line staff. Rosie has built up considerable expertise in fuel switching and solar P.V working on projects in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. She has recently passed theSFJ  –  Supporting Access to Legal Advice (Level 2) course.