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Observer Ethical awards Winners 2011


Gabby Mallett

Gabby Mallett is Project Director of YouGen and Associate Director for the National Energy Foundation.

Gabby joined the National Energy Foundation in 2005. Since then she has designed and managed numerous projects and since 2009 has headed the Green Deal, Communities and Secretariat Services team. Gabby holds an MA in Environment, Policy and Society and a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics.

Gabby’s main areas of expertise are in project management, retrofitting existing homes, Community funding/support and internal insulation.

Gabby is currently project Director of the multi-award winning SuperHomes project, is managing a number of European projects and represents NEF at the Community Energy Practitioners Forum, the Communities and Climate Action Alliance and the Community Generation Fund. She has provided expert advice to EST’s Solid wall insulation/ HTT training pilot Steering Group and to the Energy Zone Consortium for Optimising Thermal Efficiency in Existing Housing. 

Sandra Hayes

Sandra is our Project Manager here at YouGen and leads our team in coordinating various aspects of the website, including it's future development.  

Sandra has an MA in Environmental Policy and Law, is a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and holds an ILM Certificate Level 5 in Project Leadership in the Building Industry. She has wide-ranging experience in the delivery of domestic retrofit, including technical approaches and knowledge of the supply chain. 

Sandra is an Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership & Management and is an experienced trainer. She has written and delivered a wide variety of sustainable energy training courses with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and fuel poverty. She has also managed and delivered a number of wood fuel projects including LogPile and Pellet@tlas.

Anna Carlini

Anna joined YouGen in 2018 as a Project Officer, after having achieved a Masters degree in Environment, Politics and Society at UCL. 

She is passionate about renewable energy and sustainability and has undertaken a variety of placements focused in these areas. 

Anna coordinates the YouGen blog, newsletter and recommendation service on behalf of installers. She enjoys providing customer service to website visitors as well as processing membership queries. 

Cathy Debenham

Cathy Debenham is the founder of YouGen.

The seed of the idea for YouGen was born when Cathy renovated her house in 2005. She wanted to make it as low carbon as possible. Having weighed up the alternatives she got quotes for a wood pellet boiler. None of the suppliers came to look at her house. The top and bottom prices quoted varied by £4,000, and none of the advice agencies could help her to assess the relative benefits (and enormously different prices) of the products quoted for.

Cathy gave up and bought a condensing gas boiler - but noticed a gap in the market. Happily things have improved since, and more advice is readily available (although it does vary according to where you live). However, it is still hard to take that last step, and chose your supplier. 

The idea sat at the back of her mind for a while, until eventually she thought that she could put her experience in marketing, communication and journalism to better use than she was and follow her passion for finding better ways of living: YouGen was born.

Cathy continues to contribute to YouGen 

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