The Kensa Group announce new CEO appointment

The Kensa Group has announced the appointment of Tamsin Lishman as its new chief executive Officer as of the 1 October 2023, and the planned departure of Dr Matthew Trewhella, current CEO.

New CEO appointment for the Kensa Group

Tamsin’s appointment as CEO designate has been confirmed by The Kensa Group Chairman, Lord Taylor, following a rigorous selection process. Tamsin will take her place formally as CEO on 1 October 2023, with a transition period from 1 September.

Dr Matthew Trewhella will remain CEO in the meantime, focusing on delivering the Kensa vision and strategy for energy security and affordability through the mass decarbonisation of heating and cooling with networked heat pumps.

He will work closely with Tamsin to ensure a comprehensive handover and a smooth transition. As of Tamsin’s formal take over as CEO, Matt will take up the position of director of strategic business development before his planned departure from the business on 12 April 2024.

Record of building high-performing businesses

A spokesperson said: “Tamsin is a visionary leader with an excellent track record of building high-performing businesses. An Oxford graduate of Engineering Science and Fellow of the Energy Institute, Tamsin will join from her role as chief revenue officer at ENERGYNEST.

“Tamsin has developed customer offers in this role to provide green, reliable and affordable industrial heat, specialising in thermal energy storage and power-to-heat solutions across the UK and EU. Before joining ENERGYNEST, Tamsin held senior positions at Northumbrian Water Group, Centrica, and BP.”

Tamsin Lishman, CEO designate, says: “I am delighted to be joining Kensa and to be part of a strong, successful and purpose-led team. The mass deployment of Kensa’s networked ground source heat pump solutions is the 21st-century alternative to gas, enabling the transition from fossil fuels and supporting energy security. I’m excited about leading the company in the next stage of growth.”

Dr Matt Trewhella, who has been with the Kensa Group since 2013, has today (13 July 2023) announced he will be stepping down from the position of chief executive officer, with a phased transition to the incoming CEO, Tamsin Lishman.

The decision comes after Matt’s considerable years of dedicated service and tremendous contributions to the organisation’s and ground source heat pump technology’s growth and impact, recently affirmed by a £70m investment into the Kensa Group by Octopus Energy and Legal & General Capital.

Credible alternatives to the UK’s sustainability transition

Through Matt’s tenure, the technology and The Kensa Group have gone from niche to mainstream, with the realisation of networked ground source heat pumps and shared ground arrays becoming a credible alternative to the UK’s sustainable and affordable transition away from gas.

Dr Matthew Trewhella CEO of the Kensa Group, comments: “Ground source heating has so much potential, and it has been an incredible 10 years at Kensa. We are now completing projects at a scale and with such positive results that the technology is ready for mass deployment at the speed we need.

“On a personal level, it has been an honour and a privilege to work alongside an incredible group of capable and committed colleagues who have had the vision to join us on our exciting journey. I am taking a long-planned career break and will be avidly following Kensa’s progression over the next few years.”

Alleviation of fuel poverty

Lord Taylor, chairman of the Kensa Group, says: “I am delighted to welcome Tamsin to Kensa. Already Kensa has achieved market-leading amounts of decarbonisation as the UK’s largest installer of ground source heat pumps, and also made a massive difference to the alleviation of fuel poverty in thousands of homes.

“Tamsin, as our next CEO, will lead a fantastic team in ramping up our transformation of UK heating and cooling. I look forward to her leadership and contribution through this next exciting phase of our development, which will bring the benefits of what we do to tens of thousands more homes across the country.”