DiscreteHeat appoints David Pinder as non-executive chairman

DiscreteHeat has announced the appointment of David Pinder, former CEO of UK heating manufacturer Baxi, as non-executive chairman.

He joins Managing Director Martin Wadsworth, Russell Hamer, Operations Director and Ethan Wadsworth, Director of Sales and Marketing, at an exciting time for the business that was turned down by the Dragons in the popular programme Dragons’ Den in 2008.

David says: “DiscreteHeat is not a start-up, but has been around for a number of years, developing and honing its unique system and is well-proven. The heating industry is rapidly changing, and its innovative ThermaSkirt heating system is suddenly on a steep upward trajectory.

“With the move toward heat pumps, which work more effectively by heating the system water to 40-45 degrees C rather than 60 degrees with gas boilers, people are reluctant to have the bigger radiators that are to heat their rooms, as they take up even more space. However, housebuilders and social housing providers, have discovered the benefits that ThermaSkirt offers; it’s competitively priced against large steel radiators, unobtrusive and looks good, yet is much more effective at heating the room efficiently at lower temperatures.

“DiscreteHeat has really come of age as we start the energy transition. The product market fit has finally arrived and everyone’s interested, whether they’re developers or homeowners. They are questioning why they have to have even bigger radiators in their homes when there’s such a good solution. It’s no surprise, then, that ThermaSkirt is now taking off. It’s all about timing!”, he concludes.

David has many years of experience, serving on a variety of different boards within the construction industry, including chair of the Green Construction Board and board member of the National Retrofit Hub as well as CEO of Baxi UK and Ireland and managing director UK and South Europe of NSG Pilkington.

As non-executive chairman at DiscreteHeat he will provide experience and expertise in running the Board, ensuring good governance and help with the challenges of growing the company and financing that growth.

“David brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are looking forward to working with him as we embark on the next stage of our business’s growth,” adds Ethan Wadsworth.

David’s first outing in his new role was to attend the National ACR and Heat Pump Awards in Manchester, where DiscreteHeat was Highly Commended in the Ancillary Product category. This great result adds to the company’s recent major award wins: Sustainable Product of the Year at the GMCC Excellence Awards and Commercial HVAC Product of the Year at the H&V News Awards.

ThermaSkirt is an energy efficient radiant heating system, cleverly designed to look like a traditional skirting board. It can work with the existing heating system, whether that’s a gas boiler, heat pump or electric heating, and can be controlled just like conventional radiators, using existing thermostats and timers or smart controls.

ThermaSkirt is around 13% more energy efficient than radiators on a gas boiler system, and up to 25% more efficient when connected to heat pump or solar PV systems.