The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) has announced that Laura Bishop has been elected to the position of Chair of the Association following a unanimous vote at GSHPA’s Council meeting on 21st October 2020, replacing Bean Beanland, who remains on the council and will now work with the newly formed Heat Pump Federation. Edward Thompson has been elected as Vice-Chair.
Director of Infinitas Design Ltd and a chartered mechanical engineer, Laura Bishop is a strong advocate for heat pumps and lobbies councilors and developers wherever she sees new developments throughout the UK. She believes that heat pumps should be deployed in place of traditional heating & cooling systems. As a qualified CIBSE Heat Network Consultant, she has influenced the use of heat pumps for low and ultra-low temperature heat networks on local and national levels.
Commenting on her appointment, Laura said:
“The heat pump industry is entering a very exciting and encouraging era with electrification of heat high on the political and environmental agenda. The opportunities for greater heat pump rollout in the UK have never been greater. I’d like to thank the Council for voting me in as Chair and am very much looking forward to steering the ground source heat pump ship into new waters.”
After reading science at Oxford, Edward Thompson qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked in finance, computing and venture capital and has specialised in helping young companies with new ventures. Edward is a director of ICAX which has developed the ideas that led to Interseasonal Heat Transfer, Thermal Banks and solar assisted ground source energy. This novel ICAX approach to harnessing ground source energy has provided innovative systems for supermarkets, schools, community centres and fifth generation district heating networks.
“I am grateful to the Council for voting me in as Vice Chair of the GSHPA and look forward to the challenge of expanding the opportunities for decarbonisation by using heat transfer to help the UK achieve Net Zero well ahead of 2050, and also to improve the air quality in our major cities by employing heat transfer instead of combustion.”