Huw Poppy - Sales Director
Huw joined the team at Breathing Buildings in May 2011. Since
1997, he has been designing and developing ventilation, filtration
and evaporative air cooling systems for commercial, industrial and
domestic building types. Prior to joining Breathing Buildings, Huw
specialised specifically in the design of natural ventilation
systems and the development of control strategies to ensure the
systems operate at their maximum efficiency. He is a graduate at
the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
"An effective low energy natural ventilation system relies on
taking a holistic approach at an early stage of the building design
and to ensure that the multiple passive and mechanical systems all
work in harmony. My challenge is to ensure that our clients benefit
from the most advanced modelling design service, the most cost
effective solutions and the most energy efficient strategies to
help deliver lower energy buildings throughout the U.K. and
Matthew Bray - Engineering Manager
Matthew began working for Breathing
Buildings in January 2010, after recently completing a PhD in
Laser-assisted Cold Spray at the University of Cambridge. He has an
engineering background, and has previously worked for Rolls-Royce
and Rovtech Systems Ltd. He is from the Lake District and is
renowned for making the worst tea in the office.
On helping clients: "The aim of our work is
simple: help people realise how they can save energy and create a
more pleasant environment for occupants through sensible management
of heat and ventilation in their buildings".
David Hamlyn - Consulting Engineer
David joined Breathing
Buildings in early 2007. During this time he has worked in product
development, technical sales and project management. He also
undertakes consultancy studies, looking at both existing and new
build schemes. Prior to joining Breathing Buildings, David
undertook a MEng degree followed by a PhD at the University of
Cambridge. His thesis looked at wind flow and dispersion in urban
areas, by means of CFD and analytical work carried out in
Cambridge, and water flume experiments conducted in Vancouver,
Canada. Pre-university, David worked at Martin-Baker Aircraft on
ejection seat system simulation, and was the joint winner of the
national Year in Industry "Contribution to the Business Award".
"We can help produce practical schemes for a really wide range
of buildings, even those that on the face of it look challenging
for natural ventilation."
Yichen Gao - Consulting Engineer
joined Breathing buildings in September 2010, having recently
completed a MEng degree at the University of Cambridge. In her
fourth year she specialised in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
She developed an interest for natural ventilation after completing
several projects and courses on low energy building design. In her
spare time she enjoys painting landscapes.
"Buildings account for about 40% of carbon emissions;
clearly it is important to design more energy efficient buildings.
Natural ventilation can help your to save energy as well as
improving comfort within the space."
Fiona Dickinson - Consulting Engineer
Fiona joined Breathing Buildings in September 2010 after completing
a BA in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. After a
year working for Breathing Buildings, experiencing all sides of the
company, she decided that a career in engineering was the way
forward and took a year out to study for an MSc in Civil
Engineering at the University of Southampton. Here
Fiona used her building simulation capabilities gained at
Breathing Buildings to write her final project on the
technical and financial viability of zero carbon commercial
buildings in the UK.
Returning to Breathing Buildings in October 2012,
Fiona is looking forward to working with new clients on their
interesting and challenging natural ventilation projects, in
order to create significantly lower energy buildings.
Simon Whitelocke- Business Development Manager
Simon joined Breathing Buildings in November 2012. He has been
involved with providing natural ventilation design for both
residential and commercial buildings for the last decade. In that
time providing natural ventilation strategies has evolved with the
development of simulation systems as well as real time data from
projects. A lot of designers want to provide sustainable ways of
designing their buildings, and now we can offer assured real
savings to the energy usage and a healthy environment for the
"With a finite source of energy and the price of that energy
rising, it makes perfect commercial sense that we should be looking
at effective ways of reducing that energy. Breathing Buildings have
a unique way of approaching a design, providing control for all the
elements needed to use the natural flows of air and with the
ability to illustrate to any client how much they can save."
Michael Pitman - Northern Area Sales Manager
Mike joined the team at Breathing Buildings in June 2012. Since
2002, he has been providing technical advice on a variety of topics
including airtightness testing, water treatment / bacterial control
and ventilation to Design Teams, Architects, Consulting Engineers
and Contractors. His Business Development and technical solution
roles have seen him deal with high profile companies both at a
national and international level. He is a graduate at the
University of Lancaster, Edge Hill College. Originally from the SW
although has lived and worked in Northern England for more years
than he can remember!
"My aim is to significantly enhance the awareness of Breathing
Buildings' unique e-stack product in the UK market as innovative
and viable system in which genuine reductions in energy usage
within the built environment can be realistically achieved".
Amanda Brooks - Midlands Area Sales Manager
Amanda joined the Breathing Buildings team in October
2012. Since 2008 she has been providing technical advice on
AC, refrigeration, BMS and M & E services to distributors,
OEMS, engineers, facilities management, contractors and end users.
She has dealt with the majority of markets including healthcare,
education, government, finance, retail, commercial and
Prior to her technical sales roles, Amanda was an Aircraft
Engineer in the British Army, where she studied 'in depth'
aerodynamics as well as using a range of practical and theoretical
skills on a number of different aircraft systems.
"I am thrilled to be returning to my 'bread and butter' in air
flow systems and my goal is to increase the awareness of Breathing
Buildings' unique and truly innovative methods and products in the
UK market. I believe that our products are the ideal solution for
future Natural Ventilation 'with a twist'! What's not to
Richard Radley -Operations Manager
Richard joined Breathing Buildings in 2008. Since this time he
has been heavily involved in Manufacturing, Work Place Safety,
Project Delivery, On Site Activities, Product Development and Value
Engineering throughout the business. He currently leads Operations
and is accountable for all post order activities.
Prior to joining the Breathing Buildings "adventure" Richard's
career as a multi-disciplinary engineer saw him working all over
Europe and North Africa in the FMCG, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical,
Light Industry and Farming sectors. Richard entered the
manufacturing sector when he joined Kettle Chips Engineering
Department in the nineties, working at times literally "waist deep"
with the humble potato!
Richard`s Operations and Manufacturing Teams continuous
enthusiasm and determination to be "the Best Natural Ventilation
Provider in the World", coupled with his team's desire to deliver
above and beyond client expectations, makes Richard extremely
proud. He feels very lucky to have such a great set of colleagues
to work with and at hand to take on all project opportunities.
Ben Chilton -Project Engineer
Ben joined Breathing Buildings as a Project Engineer in March
2011, and has since helped deliver a number projects around the
Prior to joining Breathing Buildings, Ben was a Marine Engineer
in the Royal Navy, where he learnt a range of practical and
theoretical skills on a number of different systems, as well as
being able to see a bit of the world.
"Each project offers its own unique challenges, but together
with the client we are able to deliver buildings that are efficient
and good looking, as well as creating a better environment for the