We are the leading energy management team in the hospitality sector with over 50 years of combined experience


Richard Felgate

Richard was Head of Energy Management at Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest multisite hospitality companies in the UK. There Richard started from scratch transforming energy from being a cost that the business just incurred, to being one of the biggest opportunities for profit within the P&L.

There was a transformation in the energy efficiency of the 1,500 buildings in the estate, a big behavioural and cultural change with the 40,000 employees and the creation of a hugely capable energy team. There were the regular challenges of gaining board support, securing funding and convincing the sceptics, but the results were impressive multi million pound annual savings and relative energy reduction of over 20%. Richard also has considerable experience outside of Mitchells & Butlers.

As the former Chairman of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), he has knowledge of many other sectors, working with government to influence future legislation and placing energy management at the heart of successful businesses.

In 2014 he left M&B to establish EnStrat which has since rebranded as the Hospitality Energy Saving company and has continued to make significant savings with all sizes and types of hospitality businesses. Richard is also a registered Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) lead assessor.


Simon Cocks

Simon has extensive energy management experience within the hospitality sector. He’s an expert on buildings and equipment, both from an operational point of view – training the teams that work within the buildings how to achieve the greatest efficiency; and also from a technology point of view – how to make them as efficient as possible.

He has carried out assessment and trials of most available technologies and then project managed roll out programs of all scales, from just a few sites to multi million pound projects covering over 1,000 sites.

His background as a pub / restaurant manager means he understands how buildings and equipment are used and often abused! He knows how the teams operate and will soon identify any weaknesses in proposed solutions.

Simon’s a Fellow of the Energy Managers Association and has won awards for innovation in energy reduction technology.


Jim Sharman

Jim has been an energy and environmental specialist for over ten years, many of these in the hospitality sector, and is a founding member and fellow of the Energy Manager’s Association. He is a registered Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) lead assessor and trained in the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM).

His previous roles in consultancy have included programme management of large-scale energy efficiency projects and technical involvement in several cutting-edge European Commission funded projects relating to energy efficiency in buildings and the interaction of various building types with a future smart-grid infrastructure.


Dr Sam Mudie

Sam is quite unique in the hospitality industry having completed a doctorate in energy reduction in commercial kitchens. This ground breaking research has showcased how energy efficient kitchens of the future may be specified, together with highlighting many current opportunities.

Sam also has extensive practical engineering and technical knowledge and is able to combine this with energy benchmarking, computational modelling and systems analysis to deliver impressive savings.


Martin Schwaller

Martin is a people expert and has applied this passion to energy management for last 10 years.

With a background in running restaurants and regional operating teams, he knows how to educate, develop and motivate teams. In applying this knowledge to energy efficiency he has been able to develop behavioural change programs that have had a long lasting impact on reducing energy consumption.

A Fellow of the Energy Managers Association and a winner of Best Awareness Campaign, Green Awards for his work across c.1,000 pubs and restaurants, Martin can put energy efficiency at the heart of operational excellence.