With years of experience in the industry, Ellen will be leading KR Group’s pledge to become more sustainable by working on the company’s ‘Cladding Reuse Project’, which aims to re-purpose cladding materials where possible.
This new role is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Zero Waste Scotland thanks to European funding, through a grant of £20,550 secured with support from the Circular Economy team at AGCC - an incredible opportunity for the Aberdeenshire-based company and the construction industry within the North East.
Ellen, who has a degree in Quantity Surveying, said: “Graduating from Robert Gordon University in 2012, with a degree in Quantity Surveying, was where I really had my eyes opened to environmental solutions such as retrofitting properties, to make them more energy efficient, in addition to being made aware of more sustainable building options.
I then worked in tendering in the Energy sector for a short time before I relocated to Caithness with a business partner to set up a Thermal Insulation business offering various insulation options to tanks, loft, valve, flange mats/jackets, etc. After a year I relocated back to Aberdeenshire and began working in the residential housing industry as an assistant QS, and this is where I initially connected with KR Group.
A short stint as an Estimator for a concrete contractor, lead me to a role working for a Main Contractor on the Aberdeenshire Council ‘HIP’ project. This involved managing the retrofitting of properties to improve energy efficiency of homes to meet the ‘Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing 2’ (EESSH2); part of a 30-year business model by the Council that is set to be completed by 2032 and set by the Scottish Government.
Most recently, I returned to an estimating role in another steel and cladding company before securing my current post of Product Development Manager with KR Group. I hope to bring an all-round construction knowledge to this role including a wide range of contacts, my passion for reducing carbon emissions and improving impact on the environment through the circular economy model. My role will be to drive forward Director Nicola Fraser’s project of repurposing used cladding panels, with the aim to make them fit for purpose and supply back to market.”
If you would like to know more about KR Group, please visit www.krgrp.co.uk or contact them on 01358 788907.
KR Group is a steel, cladding and solutions company specialising in steel fabrication and installation; cladding installation; manufacture and install of sheet metal products; project management solutions and plant hire/maintenace.