Group Members

John SheridanJohn Sheridan (co-chair)
Mineral Products Association and Planet Group

John Sheridan is Executive Director of the Mineral Products Association (Scotland), the country’s principal Trade Association for companies involved in the quarrying, asphalt and concrete industries and he represents the industry on a wide number of issues across the country.

He was a founding Director of Construction Scotland and appointed Vice Convenor (Industry) of the Cross Party Group for Construction in the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

In recent times he has been appointed to the post of Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Napier University.

He is also Co-chair of the 2020 Climate Group Built Environment group and has actively worked to build an alliance linking the various bodies with an interest in sustainability in the Scottish construction industry.


John CurrieJohn Currie (co-chair)
Director, Scottish Energy Centre
Edinburgh Napier University

Professor John Currie is Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Edinburgh Napier University and Fellow and Chairman of the Energy Institute in Scotland. A Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice John was formerly Chief Engineer with Carlsberg Tetley Brewing. Widely published, his research interests currently include improving building energy & environmental performance, monitoring and modelling pollution in the urban environment, and the development of novel renewable energy technologies. He presently Co-Chairs the Scotland 2020 Climate Group, recently launching ‘Retrofit Scotland’, and sits on the Engineering Accreditation Board of the Engineering Council.


Dr David Kelly (co-chair)Dr David Kelly (co-chair)
Principal Consultant
BRE Scotland

David is an Associate Director of Construction Innovation at BRE and has a PhD in Building Physics. Recently, David has led on the development of the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig and associated TSB-funded projects covering retrofit and post-occupancy evaluation. David also acts as the Operations Manager for Construction Scotland, who are the recognised industry organisation for the sector.


Dr Branka DimitrijevicDr Branka Dimitrijevic
CIC Start Online

Dr Branka Dimitrijevic is a director of CIC Start Online, a joint project of seven Scottish universities led by Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot Watt University, the Robert Gordon University, University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde Glasgow. The project supports collaboration between academia and industry in developing innovations for sustainable building design and refurbishment and disseminates the outcomes through interactive webinars, quarterly online magazine Innovation Review, online and live conferences.


Julio Bros-WilliamsonJulio Bros-Williamson
Energy & Building Consultant
Scottish Energy Centre
Craig McLarenCraig McLaren
National Director
Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI)

Craig McLaren is National Director of Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland. He took up this post in January 2011.  RTPI Scotland aims to help to create great places for people through leading thinking on planning issues in Scotland; supporting its 2,200 members to have the skills they need; and brokering dialogue and action between those involved in planning. Prior to this, Craig set up and was Director of the Scottish Centre for Regeneration in Scottish Government/ Communities Scotland. Previous appointments include Chief Executive of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), the independent network promoting best practice in regeneration, and Senior Planning Officer with the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Craig is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Economic Development and is an Academician of the Institute of Urbanism. He is also a Trustee of Built Environment Forum Scotland and of Resilient Scotland.


Graham BaxterGraham Baxter
Sustainable Engineering Manager
Standard Life Investments
Stephen BoyleStephen Boyle
Programme Area Manager (Private Sector)
Resource Efficient Scotland (RES)

Stephen is the Programme Area Manager (Private Sector) at Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) and is responsible for the strategic direction of the RES service for the private sector.

Stephen has worked for more than 24 years in the area of environmental regulation and management. He qualified as a Chemist in 1989 and worked for over 15 years in the laboratories of Scottish environment protection bodies before moving into various policy positions with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). During his time at SEPA, Stephen was responsible for following and contributing to Scottish and National environmental policy in the areas of air and climate change; leading a team of Policy Officers working in the area of Industrial Process, air and climate change regulation; and contributing to SEPA’s internal management, corporate policy and strategy.


Lori McElroyLori McElroy
Sust. Programme Director
Architecture+Design Scotland

Dr Lori McElroy is an Environmental Engineer with a Masters in Design Philosophy from Glasgow School of Art and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She has spent the last 25 years working in practice and research, has acted as principal investigator on numerous European and Scottish Government funded research projects and has published extensively on sustainability, energy and environmental issues in the built environment. Her recent work is focused on awareness raising, knowledge transfer and capacity building in order to improve the quality and performance of the built environment, achieved through the provision of support and advice to the construction industry and its clients.

Projects include the acclaimed DTi funded Energy Design Advice Scheme, and the Scottish Executive and ERDF funded Scottish Energy Systems Group. Lori is a past chair of CIBSE in Scotland and now directs the Sust. Programme for Architecture and Design Scotland, based at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. She has represented A+DS on numerous panels and steering groups including chairing working groups on the development of Section 7 (Sustainability) and participation on the recently reconvened Sullivan Panel for Scottish Building Standards, participation on the Historic Scotland advisory group for the National Centre for Conservation is a member of the Sustainable Housing Strategy Group and is actively involved as a founding partner of Retrofit Scotland.


Martin ValentiMartin Valenti
Business Engagement and Climate Change Manager
Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Martin leads on Strategic Partnerships and Business Engagement for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency where he has worked for 10 years in a variety of roles. Martin has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental and regulatory policy and has significant experience in project directing major projects and initiatives. He successfully delivered several major projects for the Scottish Government and more recently was the Project Director for Scotland’s high profile 2020 Climate Group and was instrumental in setting the group up. He has extensive experience working with the highest levels of government and developing high level political and industry focused network contacts, allowing the capturing of key decision makers to help bring about strategic beneficial outcomes.

Martin is a trusted and experienced adviser who builds credibility quickly, excels in creating consensus among divergent groups, and communicates at all levels to manage sensitive issues and negotiate successful outcomes. Martin is a trustee in Helping Hands Associates and spends what free time he has raising funds for a variety of charities or digging his allotment in Comrie in Perthshire.

Professional specialties includes: Business development, change management, sustainable development, climate change, environmental management systems, low carbon economic development, various environmental regulatory experience including: noise policy, air quality and pollution prevention and control.


Kathie Robertson
Policy Team Leader Low Carbon Economy, Non Domestic Energy Efficiency
Scottish Government

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