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The National Retrofit Hub appoints two co-directors

by Liam Turner
Sara Edmonds and Rachael Owens, incoming co-directors of the National retrofit Hub

The National Retrofit Hub has confirmed the appointment of Rachael Owens and Sara Edmonds as co-directors.

They take over from Russell Smith, who will step down as interim director in July.

The National Retrofit Hub says Rachael and Sara join at a “crucial” point in the organisation’s progress toward enabling the delivery of housing retrofit at scale in the UK.

Rachael and Sara are both are experienced architects who have actively collaborated to improve climate literacy and collective action in the drive to decarbonise the built environment.

The National Retrofit Hub is a UK-based non-profit that aims to enable the delivery of retrofit at scale.

Commenting on their appointments, Rachael and Sara said: “We both feel passionately that the hub should support and uplift the action that is already being taken towards retrofit at scale, rather than duplicating work.

“The hub will be an approachable space for collective engagement.

“We cannot wait to speak more with the people embedding retrofit within their activities and hope to facilitate clearer routes for the work that needs doing.”

They added: “The Hub has the potential to build trust across the industry and beyond, creating a shared, co-written consensus of how to tackle retrofit at every scale and level.”

Rachael and Sara take on the role of co-directors in a job-sharing capacity, enabling them to continue with work they are already doing in the retrofit sector.

Rachael maintains her role as head of Sustainability at Buckley Gray Yeoman and Sara maintains her role as head of Citizen Engagement at Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (both on a part-time basis).

Russell Smith will step down as interim director in mid-July but will continue in his role on the Hub’s board.

Image: (L-R) Sara Edmonds and Rachael Owens, incoming co-directors of the National retrofit Hub. Credit: National Retrofit Hub


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