Our team

  • Gareth JonesManaging Director

    FairHeat’s founder and managing director, Gareth, has more than a decade of experience in the low-carbon energy sector, having established a number of start-up ventures across district heating, utility services, integrated solar ESCOs and biomass.

    Prior to FairHeat, Gareth founded the Fontenergy group of companies, which included Insite Energy, a metering, billing and customer care company for customers on heat networks (of which he was also Managing Director), and Guru Systems, which provides smart payment and analytics tools.

    Gareth has had access to data on the performance of more than 100 heat networks across the UK, enabling him to see the real-world performance of these systems. He established FairHeat to bridge the expertise gap in the market and deliver the knowledge required to realise the full potential of heat networks in the UK.

    Gareth started his career at The Boston Consulting Group, moving on to Linklaters, firstly as Head of Strategy and then as Asia COO, overseeing joint ventures, mergers, new market entry, performance improvement and restructuring.

    To follow Gareth on Twitter and read his latest blog posts, visit @EnerGJones

  • Tom NaughtonAssociate

    Tom is an expert in the design and operation of district and communal heat networks with a background in building services mechanical engineering.

    Early in his career he co-founded a consultancy that specialised in energy, sustainability and low carbon design in the built environment throughout the UK and internationally. During his time there, Tom focused on CHP, district and communal heating design and worked on energy master planning across the world, including China, India and Egypt, where he produced low-carbon energy strategies for city-scale schemes.

    Tom has also been extensively involved in providing ongoing monitoring and support to more than 100 communal heating schemes in the UK, including private developers, local authorities and housing associations and he has extensive experience in data-driven analysis of heat network performance.

    Tom is a Certified Heat Networks Consultant under the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice.

  • Mike RidgePrincipal Engineer

    Mike joined FairHeat in 2018 and is responsible for the New Build division of the business, which includes overseeing project support services in design, installation and commissioning for heat network projects throughout the planning, design and construction phases

    His team focuses on identifying improvements to the end user experience of heat networks, lifecycle value engineering opportunities and ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations.

    Mike graduated from Imperial College with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and went on to join the Engineering Graduate Scheme with E.ON, where he developed significant technical expertise in pressure part design, stress analysis and system integrity. During his time with E.ON, Mike joined the District Heating division, Community Energy, where he held a range of different roles including Head of Design for the Delivery team responsible for the concept to construction designs of E.ON’s UK projects across Exeter, London and Newcastle.

    He is passionate about heat networks and the role they can play in a sustainable and innovation driven energy sector and his long-term ambition is to help heat networks become a leading contributor to a healthier energy market. 

    As part of his commitment to investment in engineering and the energy market, he has recently completed a chartership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

  • James GallimoreSenior Engineer

    James has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He is passionate about developing energy systems that reduce carbon emissions in a low cost and efficient manner.

    He joined FairHeat in 2017, after three years of design and construction experience within the oil and gas industry and an environmental consultancy.  As a Senior Engineer at FairHeat, James provides guidance across all stages of heat network development, from initial design and specification through to commissioning and performance testing.
    He is committed to collaborating with a range of clients, manufacturers, designers, contractors and the wider sector to achieve positive outcomes.

    James recently received CIBSE Chartership and is a qualified Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner.

  • Freddie VallettaLead Engineer

    Freddie joined FairHeat from the University of Cambridge in 2016, following his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  During his studies, he spent a summer in the Middle East with Petroleum Development Oman in their Production Chemistry department.  This eye-opening work gave him experience in carrying out operational analysis of facilities with design issues and improving their performance.

    As a Lead Engineer, Freddie focuses on developing, proposing and implementing performance improvements to clients’ portfolios of existing communal heat networks.  In addition to this, Freddie oversaw the evolution of the Acceptance Testing process, ensuring clients have confidence that dwelling HIUs in their new heat networks have been installed and commissioned correctly and to the design.

    Freddie is passionate about communal heating and is committed to establishing new solutions for clients to get the best performance out of their heat networks, resulting in reduced energy usage, a lower carbon footprint and ultimately greater resident satisfaction.


  • Dan StauntonSenior Engineer

    Dan is a skilled heat network engineer, well versed in the design, commissioning and operation of communal heat networks.

    After studying Chemical Engineer at Manchester University, he joined FairHeat in 2016. His degree included a year in industry at the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Fawley and this background of working in large-scale industrial processes operation meant he was well placed to begin a career in delivering efficient heat networks.

    As Senior Engineer, Dan has played a pivotal role in the development of the design review process, helping clients ensure networks are designed fit for purpose from the off, and is now using his skills of equipment sizing, control and commissioning, to improve existing schemes.

    Dan recently received his CIBSE chartership and is a qualified Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner. He is committed to improving the performance of heat networks to drive both carbon reduction and improve resident satisfaction for clients.

  • Lina AglenLead Engineer

    Originally from Sweden, passionate about decarbonisation and enabling a renewable energy system, Lina joined FairHeat as a Lead Engineer in 2019.

    Lina has an MScEng in Chemical Engineering for energy and the environment from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She is a graduate member of CIBSE and has applied to obtain chartered engineer status. Lina has a background in sustainable city development, having previously worked at E.ON in the project management of research projects related to sector coupling and energy system decarbonisation.

    At FairHeat, Lina leads projects involving heat networks already in operation, working with performance analysis projects as well as projects to retrofit parts of distribution and production installations.

  • Tom BurtonConsulting Engineer

    Tom spent four years at Cambridge University studying for a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering where he developed his interest in reducing energy use, CO2 emissions and water use.

    His role as a Consulting Engineer involves working on the design of new heat network systems and developing the skills to deliver cost and energy saving measures to clients, as well as spending time on site carrying out commissioning reviews and acceptance testing.

    At FairHeat, he is gaining experience in a wide range of areas from high level design questions to the detail involved with installation and testing.

  • Ryan HarrisConsulting Engineer

    Ryan joined FairHeat after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences.  He is also a graduate member of CIBSE.

    Ryan works primarily to improve the performance of new build heat networks both at design and operational level, which includes performing plant room demonstrations and acceptance testing to identify network inefficiencies and correctional measures.

    With a keen interest in the growing importance of reducing CO2 emissions, Ryan joined FairHeat to gain experience in delivering efficient and cost-effective methods of heat delivery.

  • Ellen HassettConsulting Engineer

    As a Consulting Engineer for FairHeat, Ellen’s role and responsibilities include analysing heat network systems to provide clients with cost effective measures that will improve their system level performance.

    Originally from Cork, Ireland, Ellen completed her secondary education in Dubai before moving to Glasgow to study a Master’s Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

    In her professional career, she has gained industry experience in the pharmaceutical sector working for Pfizer Inc and is aiming to work towards chartered engineer status.

    Her interest in the heat network sector comes from her ambitions to provide practical and futuristic solutions to everyday challenges and this was her motivation for joining FairHeat, where she has been able to gain experience in all aspects of heat network performance.