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Introducing LCE’s new Head of Operations, Andrew Bennett

We are pleased to announce that LCE has welcomed another member to its team.

Andy has joined LCE as our new Head of Operations, he brings over 10 years of knowledge and experience to the team.

Andy said “I am really pleased to be joining LCE. For me, a career in the energy and environmental industry is immensely interesting with each day bringing new challenges and opportunities. Over the last 10 years I have learnt from the ground up the challenges the NHS and private companies have in terms of energy use, resilience, and backlog maintenance. The more I learnt, the more I wanted to help in a broader way and joining Low Carbon Europe was the perfect way to achieve that.”

Doug Bailey, Executive Director added, “I’m very pleased to welcome Andy to the LCE family. He brings a wealth of skills to an already very talented team, so I look forward to him getting more involved in supporting our clients in their efforts to become more resource efficient”.

We asked Andy a few questions about both work and his personal interests.

Why did you choose a career in the Energy and Environmental industry? 

I was working in Construction following the financial crisis, and as new construction projects stalled, I was offered the opportunity to help the NHS reduce energy use across their energy centres.

Who inspires you? 

Lewis Hamilton. The main thing people say about him is that he excels because he is in the best car. What is rarely mentioned is the effort he puts in, to drive the team to produce the best possible car, so that he can win with it. I find it inspiring to see that he can work so hard that the results can look easy, when it is anything but.

What are you passionate about?

Not surprisingly now, Formula 1! I love the idea of making many small adjustments to produce a real change. It’s also the thing I enjoy about my job, instigating small changes in the NHS or companies to drive larger energy and carbon reduction and a sustainable future.

What’s the best task you are working on right now? 

Definitely Green Plans for the NHS Trusts I deal with. Being able to help produce the plans for a sustainable NHS is a very rewarding process, and I look forward to helping them enact and monitor them until they are in a position to plan for Net Zero.

Do you have a talent or hobby you do outside of work? 

Over the last year I have gotten into karting, which I’ve found perfect to get out of my head for a few minutes and enjoy myself! I’m much better than I was, but plenty of room for improvement! I’m also a big movie fan, I’ve not got back to the cinema yet but hoping to soon.

What’s something you would like to do this year that you have never done before? 

We are expecting our first child in January, so gearing up for becoming a Dad is a little scary, but extremely exciting!

What is the most exciting part about your job? 

I think it’s visiting clients, hearing their story and what they want to achieve, and then figuring out how I can support them best.

Can you describe your typical day working in the LCE Team? 

So far I think every day has been different, which has been great. The NHS trusts I have been working with have very different challenges, so each need a different type, or level, of support. The team at LCE have been very welcoming and supportive, as well as having a much broader knowledge base than just me! I’ve been surprised at how varied the team’s expertise is, which obviously means we can help the NHS more, and makes my job so different each day.

What advice would you give to someone looking to craft an energy/sustainability management plan?

I’d say not to be afraid that actions impact other things. Making a small change in one area to reduce or modernise can highlight benefits as well as new challenges, so I think it is about realising a plan needs to be adaptable to create real change and success.

What are your personal plans/goals for the coming year? 

I’m getting back to the gym, but I’d like to run a 10k for the first time before my little one is born…as I’ve been reliably informed I may not have time to do it after!


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