About us

We are the focal point of the heat pump installation industry in the UK

It is the voice for the lowest running cost, lowest carbon, heating and cooling system for domestic and commercial buildings and heat sharing networks. Heat pump technology is not based on combustion and emits no gases of any sort on site.

Bringing knowledge
& experience together

As a trade association the GSHPA brings together over
160 members and interested parties from across the
heat pump installation industry to develop a strong,
dynamic and sustainable environment for heating and
cooling systems that are based on heat capture, heat
storage and heat transfer, including heat sharing
networks and demand side management.

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Our Vision

At the GSHPA, we advocate the value of a combustion-free approach to meeting heating and cooling needs.

Ground Source Energy

Ground source energy at all scales reduces users’ bills, carbon
emissions and emissions of all noxious gases.

Energy Services

Such as a temporary reduction or increase in electricity demand, can
allow consumers to participate in the electricity system while reducing
the need for new energy infrastructure by better resource management.

District Heating

The supply of heat to homes and businesses through a network of
heat sharing pipes, can reduce heating bills in urban areas, and give
communities more control over their heating and cooling needs and
the timing of the supply of those needs.

Affordable Low Carbon Heating & Cooling

There is now a silver bullet which can deliver an affordable, secure and
low carbon heating and cooling system. By thinking about consumers
first, we can use a range of options to find the right solutions for the
right people in the right place at the right time.

Our Aims

The GSHPA aims to electrify heat. We act as an advocate for our members by engaging with Government and key decision makers to support cost effective and efficient solutions to industry, businesses and householders by:

  • Developing a policy which puts the energy user’s needs first
  • Delivering a local, low carbon heating system at lowest cost
  • Ensuring an understanding of heating and cooling, which
    makes up half of our energy use
  • Taking an integrated and ‘internet of heat’ approach
  • Helping users manage energy demand to limit the need for
    new generation capacity
  • Strengthening the ground source energy industry’s reputation
    through publishing GSHP Standards and best practice

Council Members

Laura Bishop

Chair

Laura is a chartered mechanical engineer, registered with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. She has 22 years engineering experience with a number of blue-chip companies including Rolls Royce and E.ON Connecting Energies. She runs Infinitas Design Ltd, a Derby-based independent renewable heat engineering consultancy where she undertakes the design and development of mainly heat pump, heat network and energy storage projects for a variety of commercial and industrial clients. A complete heat pump advocate, Laura is also a CIBSE Heat Network consultant and District Heat Diva.

Edward Thompson

Vice Chair

Edward Thompson joined Mark Hewitt, an architect who has specialised in energy-efficient buildings for many years, and Andy Ford, a mechanical services engineer and founding partner of Fulcrum Consulting, who jointly developed the ideas that led to Interseasonal Heat Transfer, Thermal Banks and solar assisted ground source energy. This novel ICAX approach to harnessing ground source energy has provided innovative systems for supermarkets, schools, community centres and for maintaining roads free of ice and snow.

The current challenges for GSHPA members are to demonstrate the potential for GSHPs in District Heating, to learn how to exploit the opportunities presented by Demand Side Response – as well as to persuade BEIS to take the actions it knows it should to promote ground source energy as the key route to reducing carbon emissions from heating and cooling.

After reading science at Oxford, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working in finance, computing and venture capital Edward has specialised in helping young companies with new ventures. He is a director of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and Vice Chair of the Council.

Andrea Ellison

Treasurer

Andrea Ellison is a Director and Treasurer of GSHPA as well as Chair of the Marketing Group, Chair of the Drillers Action Group and an active member of the Education and Training Committee.

Andrea joined GSHPA in 2013 and was voted onto the Council of the GSHPA in 2014. She has been actively involved in the promotion of heat pumps and the Association and, with experience in finance, company law, education- which includes operating a private school – and a number of commercial organisations Andrea has brought a wide range of skills to the GSHPA as well as the drive to promote the use of heat pumps to politicians, installers and potential users.

She not only attends shows and events for GSHPA, but she has produced an ‘Off the Shelf’ scheme of work for schools for children from ages 5 to 16 which is available free of charge for schools throughout the UK. She is also directly involved with producing Schemes for various schools and colleges.

In her roles within the standing groups of Marketing, Education and Drillers Action she has always focused on ensuring quality is key and the launch of the GSHPA/MCS Drilling Standard in February 2022 was as a direct result of her ambition to improve the standards within our industry.

Away from her work she enjoys family life and travel; particularly with her husband Geoff, 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Natasha Wilkinson

Arup

Natasha leads Arup’s UK north region ground energy business and is a Chartered Geologist specialising in hydrogeology. Leeds based, Natasha has worked on a wide variety of UK and international projects, including Euston Station in London. Natasha has been involved in ground energy projects for over ten years, and assisted in drafting the GSHPA’s Closed-loop Vertical Borehole and Energy Pile Standards.

Natasha’s other project specialisms are groundwater resources, groundwater – surface water interaction and environmental impact assessment. She has a passion for environmental protection and climate change mitigation which drives her enthusiasm for GSHP technology.

Bob Roddy

Amber Heating

Bob Roddy is commited to seeing the end of heat poverty and a reduction of the environmental impact caused by the use of combustion to heat our homes.

Andy Louth

GroundTherm Ltd

Andy, along with Paul has been proactive with the training development for the new apprenticeship for heat pumps which is due out September 2022.

Andy has created a lot of collaborations with other associations IFA/APHC/MCS/NAPT/and other bodies to make the new apprenticeship work for the industry.

Paul Leedham

Matrix Energy Systems Ltd

Paul, along with Andy Louth has been proactive with the training development for the new apprenticeship for heat pumps which is due out September 2022.

Ken Kneale

Solid Energy

Ken has over forty years of experience in the commercial and industrial mechanical engineering industry and now represents Solid Energy in the UK and Ireland. He has a full understanding of the current market, the new technical advances, the regulation framework and the issues surrounding the ground source heat pump industry. He deals with both large and small consultancies and end users throughout the UK and has a very clear understanding of their expectations. He believes that it is important that the Council represents all sectors and he is able to put forward the views of a manufacturer.

Neil Lawson

Neil Lawson is a specialist thermal engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 30 year career in the field focusing on improved efficiency and reducing pollution. Involved in domestic, commercial, process, petrochemical and utility scale applications. Since 2007 he has been involved in the GSHP industry firstly as Technical Director of ISO Energy developing efficient solutions for rural estates, exemplar green buildings and low carbon hotels using GSHP. Neil quickly identified the opportunity of simultaneous heating and cooling, pioneering its application. Since 2014 as Technical & Operations Director at Geothermal International moving into the integration of GSHPs with other low carbon technologies such as PV, solar thermal, CHP and waste heat for heating/cooling at the 72MW scale. He is a Director of Sandford Hydro CIC, who built the largest hydro on the Thames at 440kW, crowd funded from the community. He is a Non-Executive Director of Low Carbon Farming who built 2 World first greenhouses harvesting waste heat from final effluent discharge. Since 2011 Neil has been lobbying government on the benefits of the GSHP beyond the RHI.

Ken Gordon

Ken is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with over 40 years experience in building services engineering projects. He has worked in many industries including Oil & Gas, Food & Drinks, Renewables, Agriculture, Construction, and Housing.

He is currently working as a consultant, designing ground source heat pump systems including ground heat abstraction and building physics calculations to provide a fully-integrated system that meets the building’s requirement and the client’s needs. His work covers new-buildings and retrofit of existing buildings to PAS2035. Retrofit is an important part of the business where a fabric-first approach is generally required and an understanding of the integration of the heat pump system with building insulation, air tightness, ventilation, storage batteries, and solar energy is paramount.

Ken believes passionately that ground source heat pumps must be the low-carbon heating of choice going forward to fully tackle climate change. He is also a Director and Trustee of two community groups that are supporting community projects including low-carbon housing, active transport and local energy generation including the feasibility of deep geothermal in Scotland.

John Findlay

Carbon Zero Consulting Ltd

John has over 30 years international geosciences and engineering experience ranging from oil exploration to water resource management. He is a Chartered Engineer and formed Carbon Zero Consulting in 2007 to provide independent technical design input to GSHC schemes. His mix of engineering, geology and borehole expertise is well suited to the complex demands of the open and closed loop GSHC market.

John has worked on some of the UK’s largest open and closed loop heating and cooling schemes as well as many high profile water supply projects. Both areas require sound knowledge of UK geology, hydrogeology, borehole techniques and the regulatory environment. John has provided input to develop GSHPA Standards, the BGS open loop screening tool, the CIBSE WSHP code of practice and the Environment Agency good practice guidelines.

Chris Davidson

GeniusEnergyLab

Chris graduated in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College before spending several years within the Ford Motor Company in Marketing and Business Process Engineering. In 2001 he co-founded GI Energy which grew to become the UK market leader in large scale ground source heat pump systems. As Chief Technical Officer Chris and his team took direct responsibility for over 200MW of system designs from initial feasibility to system prove out and ongoing monitoring.

Chris has been instrumental in working with the DECC to improve the Renewable Heat Incentive after launch. He has also provided training for CIBSE, Cambridge University, Oxford University and Imperial College covering topics from complex energy systems analysis to ground source heat pump system design.

Having founded GeniusEnergyLab in 2014 Chris now focuses on providing design, funding, policy and consulting advice on energy systems of all sizes.

Robin Curtis

GeoScience Ltd

Robin Curtis is a Principal Consultant of Geoscience based in Falmouth, Cornwall. When working at the Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Project in Cornwall in 1984 he developed an interest in ground source heat pump technology. Since 1992 has been responsible for the introduction and promotion of these systems in the UK. He has been involved in the design, installation and commissioning of a variety of ground source heat pump systems from the smallest social housing installations up to some of the largest closed loop projects in the UK.

Robin is the author of several papers and articles on ground source energy, and is an engineering member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. He is a member of the editorial board of Geothermics, and has been involved in a number of GSHP training initiatives.

Emma Bohan

IMS Heat Pumps

Emma has had an interest in the heat pump industry since assisting with the start-up of a heat pump company in 2002 that sold out to a manufacturer in 2008. She has been working in the design, supply, install of heat pumps full-time since 2016, and is excited to see the market, and opportunities, expand for everyone.

Tim Baker

BA Hydro Solutions

Tim Baker is a geologist and hydrogeologist, who has been working in the water supply, ground source heating/cooling and regulatory sectors for 20 years and has supported the Association by representing it on trade stands and with technical and practical support over this period. He is passionate about the need to establish and uphold high design and installation standards.

Stephen Bielby

Operations Manager

Stephen joined the GSHPA on 1 January 2021. He supports the Council and is responsible for the delivery of operation as well as secretariat services including liaising with members, event management & coordination, writing and editing newsletters, developing media campaigns and general communications.

Activity and Focus

The work of the GSHPA sits within four areas:

Advocacy

Being an advocate at the
forefront of influencing energy,
planning, procurement and
health policy.

Leadership

Through communicating
compelling policy ideas and
market research through reports,
briefings, events and training.

Collaboration

Promoting best practice and by working with our members and a wide range of relevant stakeholders to help drive improvement and
innovation across the sector.

Reputation

Enhancing the reputation of
the sector by building
understanding and capacity
through our policy and market
development activities.

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The GSHP Association is the focal point for business interests in the ground source heat pump industry.

We represent the ground source heating & cooling industry, promoting sustainable use of heat pump technology and engaging with government and other bodies to influence relevant policymaking on behalf of our members.

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