Our team
Akta Raja
Director / Founder

Akta co-founded the business and led the company though its R&D phase and arranged its sale to Ansor Ventures to accelerate its growth. Akta has a deep understanding of the energy efficiency market and will focus on the company’s acquisition strategy. Akta has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge.

John Palmer
Managing Director

John joined the Company in December 2014 having previously run his own low energy design consultancy where he led a number of mid-scale developments.  John is a qualified Passivhaus consultant, SAP Assessor, systems engineer and experienced project manager.  Prior to entering the construction sector, John spent 16 years as an engineering officer in the Royal Navy, which included three years at the Ministry of Defence.  John has a degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Will Ray
Technical Director

Will leads the design and product specification side of the business. He has over 13 years’ experience in low carbon buildings and sustainability. A qualified engineer, he was previously head of the energy design centre at the Rockwool Group in the UK, Technology Strategy Manager at The Carbon Trust and Sustainability Engineer at the British Antarctic Survey. He has a degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Marine Sanchez
Principal Engineer and Passivhaus Designer

Marine trained as an engineer at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and obtained a Masters in Sustainable Performance and Design before joining the company in 2011. Marine has led the design of the company’s projects since then. Marine is a certified Passivhaus designer, now providing training to architects and engineers wishing to achieve the qualification and is a member of the advisory group at the UK Passivhaus Trust.

Elena Andreou
Low Energy Designer and Architectural Assistant

Elena has an architectural background but it was her strong interest in low energy design that led her to attend an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL. She participated at the International Passive House Conference 2015 presenting her Thesis Research on the environmental impact of building materials. She has worked on a Green Deal scheme helping residents to complete improvements to their homes. She joined Enhabit in 2015 aiming to contribute to a more energy efficient and comfortable built environment.

 

Patrick Chester
Project Manager

 

 

Patrick discovered his calling for environmentally-conscious design when he worked in Malaysia as a project manager for a social enterprise that built homes for the country’s indigenous communities. Upon his return to England he began working at Enhabit, and he now helps to bring ideas on sustainable building and low energy design to clients across the UK. Patrick studied English and French Literature at the University of York and originally worked in communications.

Christopher Hughes
Project Engineer

Chris joined us in 2015 having graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in engineering. He designs renewable energy systems, manages installations and assists with a range of energy modelling tasks. Chris is working towards becoming a certified Passivhaus consultant.

John Brooks
Finance Director

John is a chartered accountant, joining Enhabit after four years at Ernst and Young. John has developed expertise in managing the finances of small companies and works to deliver all reporting and budgeting at the company. He has a degree in international relations from St Andrews University.

Kimberley Shaw
Account Management
Mark Clare
Non Executive Director

Mark was group chief executive at Barratt Developments plc between October 2006 and June 2015 and has also served as a trustee of the Building Research Establishment and the UK Green Building Council. Prior to joining Barratt, he was an executive director of Centrica plc and held a number of senior roles both within Centrica plc and British Gas. Mark has also been a non-executive director of BAA plc, the airports operator.

Mark brings a wealth of experience in both the construction and energy sectors which allows him to offer a unique perspective to Enhabit’s management team.

 

Edward Ainsworth
Non Executive Director

Ed is the co-founder of Ansor Ventures and is actively involved in the growth and management of the portfolio companies. Ed has a particular focus on building management teams, raising investment and executing acquisitions. Ed was previously a partner in the San Francisco office of the global consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Ed holds an INSEAD MBA with Distinction and an MA and BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Peter Marson
Non Executive Director

Peter is the co-founder of Ansor Ventures and is actively involved in the growth and management of the portfolio companies. Peter has a particular focus on identifying new business opportunities and developing strategies to enable the businesses to achieve accelerated growth. Peter was previously a partner in the London office of Oliver Wyman. He holds an INSEAD MBA with Distinction and a MEng, MA and BA from Cambridge University.

We are an award winning team of engineers, architects and building professionals who are passionate about the health of both our built environment and our planet.

The UK’s buildings are responsible for over 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions and thus producing low-energy buildings must be a key priority if we, as a nation, are serious about taking action to improve energy security and meeting our carbon emission targets.

We’ve designed passivhaus retrofits (the first two in the UK), passivhaus new-builds, developed programmes for retrofitting social housing property and saving energy in hair salons and helped over 300 clients build or renovate warmer and more comfortable homes.

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