Our Team

Pam Candea, Surefoot lead

Change isn’t just about technical matters – it’s really all about the people.  Pam grew up in Detroit in the 1970’s, witnessing the effects of industrial pollution on the beautiful natural heritage of Michigan, and then moved to London in the 80’s, seeing first-hand the effects on people and on the environment of unbridled materialism.  After leaving corporate life, she turned her attention to the far more personally meaningful goal of promoting sustainability through helping others build resilience.  The Surefoot Effect has just celebrated our ten-year anniversary of helping communities, businesses and governments do just that.  Pam believes that the best way to effect real change is to empower others to change themselves.  That is exactly what HeatHack seeks to do.

Jean Carletta, HeatHack lead

Jean is a university researcher who spends her time thinking about how people struggle to use technology. She first encountered green issues when she joined a Carbon Conversations group run by Surefoot,  and then became one of their group facilitators.   Since 2009, she has been applying her skills to understand why community building heating costs so much with so little effect.  With help from Dimitri Mignard and students from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, plus a range of community volunteers, she has considered the heating in a wide range of community buildings. Although they have mostly looked at churches and church halls, that’s because there are so many of them and they tend to be the most difficult! Her special area is end user controls and the difficulties of making equipment designed with homes and offices in mind work for these very different uses.  Her day job is with the University of St Andrews School of Computer Science.

Andrew MacOwan, Engineering Adviser

Andrew MacOwan, BSc (Hons) MSc CEng MEI is a Chartered Engineer with 35 years experience in engineering consultancy.  Andrew MacOwan is retained by the Church of Scotland as an independent heating consultant carrying out surveys of premises in order to recommend heating and energy efficiency improvements. He has surveyed over 600 church buildings and been responsible for dozens of replacement heating systems, including heat pumps, in dozens of churches and halls. A recent example is a design for Iona Abbey.

Colin Kerr, Thermal Monitoring lead

Colin worked for Standard Life for 42 years as a system designer and actuary. Now retired, he is a STEM ambassador with the Digital Education programme at the Hearts of Midlothian’s Innovation Centre. Before the pandemic, he was also holding “Coding Masterclasses” with Dalry Primary School. He is a director (and tech support volunteer!) for Ladders4Action. In his spare time, he has constructed a variety of home IoT devices such as a battery-less rain alarm (to reduce tumble dryer use), portable air quality monitor, automated house control, and the thermal monitoring for community buildings for us to use in our community programme.

Rohan Kumar, Software intern

Rohan is a third-year student at the University of St Andrews pursuing his undergraduate degree in computer science. As an undergraduate research assistant, he has been involved in exploring useful software technologies and automation tools for HeatHack.  We are grateful to St Andrews for gifting us his support! He has had an increased interest in climate change and sustainable development since COP26, and is hoping to be a part of more climate change prevention activities in the future. Building websites, competitive programming, playing chess, and cycling are some of his favourite hobbies. He is currently involved in a five-person  startup called XChanted.

Kevin Doherty, Service design

In Kevin’s day job, he designs and develops “Internet of Things” ecosystems. With a background in Computer Science, he became interested in the human-facing side of the computing equation while working as a software engineer. Kevin’s involvement with HeatHack began through a dissertation project at the University of Edinburgh. Using service design methods for social innovation, he explored the possibility of the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ style HeatHack service that underpins our community programme. He spent time interviewing church community groups throughout Scotland, finding out about their experience heating their buildings. This culminated in a series of co-design workshops producing and testing a working service blueprint of what would become the ‘HeatHack in a box’ idea behind our new programme. When not designing professionally, Kevin has a personal interest in writing about the usability of everyday objects, designs for ageing, and can be found playing live music on weeknights.

Lewis McLean, HeatHack Administrator

Lewis is new to the HeatHack team, after recently completing a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews. He’s happy to be starting in a role that will help the environment. He does all kinds of tasks for us, including ones you wouldn’t expect from an administrator, like testing our thermal monitoring and writing documentation. Outside of work, he is an avid rock climber, mountaineer, amateur mixologist and film connoisseur.