Meet the new people at ECOE: Rory McNeile

Meet the new people at ECOE: Rory McNeile

ECOE's new team member Rory McNeile

ECOE’s new team member Rory McNeile

The ECOE team continues to evolve with time. We’re keeping you up to date on the new faces to you so that you don’t wonder who they are when you meet them. Here, we introduce Rory McNeile, who is focusing on our green retrofit work

What is your role at ECOE Rory?

I am delighted to have been invited to join the board of directors at ECOE. It’s great to become engaged with the organisation at the outset of such an important decade in meeting the climate change challenge.  I am particularly keen to play a part in developing a green retrofit strand of activity. I am also interested in the possibilities related to EVs and charging point infrastructure.

What’s your background?

I followed a varied career path. That includes service in the Royal Navy and a period as a geography teacher at Uffculme School in mid-Devon. I am currently an associate tutor with the University of Exeter Graduate School of Education.  This part-time role has allowed me to project manage the building of my own energy-efficient retrofit home. More recently, as Chair of Newtown Community Association in Exeter, I led the project to build a new energy-efficient community centre in Belmont Park.

What motivated you to join ECOE?

Despite the immediate challenges of Covid-19, I believe that climate change presents an even bigger challenge. Whilst political policy is important in developing solutions, it is ultimately us as individuals and the communities we live in that will need to find and make the necessary adaptations. ECOE is fundamentally about community-led sustainable energy solutions and that is exciting.

What should members and supporters talk to you about if they bump into you?

I am evidently keen to learn more about retrofit and sustainable energy solutions. Beyond that I am an active yachtsman and qualified instructor, dog owner and apprentice gardener!