RACHAEL Doyle, a resident of Halam, has been awarded an OBE in the King’s New Years Honours list for services to energy efficiency and diversity and inclusion.
Rachael, who moved to the area in 2018, has worked in sustainability for nearly 30 years and runs a successful national business – Chirpy Heat – with her husband Nicholas, which has staff across the UK as well as a team based at the Minster Chambers in Southwell. Chirpy Heat supports social housing providers with their communal and district heating, making sure they deliver low cost, low carbon, reliable heat to customers.
Her OBE recognises the work she’s done in establishing a business forum for women working in the heat network industry. The District Heating Divas was established in 2019 and in five years has grown to nearly 1,000 members in both the UK and Scandinavia. They have groups that meet on a regular basis in London, the Midlands, the North, the South-West, Scotland and Denmark, as well as specific groups for the public sector and those in the early stages of their heat network career.
“I feel so honoured to be awarded an OBE – and it was such a surprise!” says Rachael. “I’m supported by a wonderful network of inspirational women and men who I’m lucky enough to work alongside – this was definitely a team effort!”
You can find out more about Chirpy Heat at www.chirpyheat.com and about the District Heating Divas at www. districtheatingdivas.co.uk.