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Concertus Associate Director, Mike Foley, heads up the energy and sustainability business streams, while working to bring new clients on board.

Having started his career studying at the Colchester Institute for Science and Technology and Southbank Polytechnic in London, Mike originally worked as an apprentice in contracting. He then went on to the NHS Estates Team in Suffolk where he was promoted to Senior Design Engineer.

In 1986, he joined Eastern Electricity as Environmental Engineer, gaining experience in the electricity supply industry and business development. His next move was to an Ipswich-based engineering firm where he focused on specialist engineering activities in the water and nuclear industries around the UK. This opened up a whole range of new opportunities for Mike to work in management with responsibility for large manufacturing projects.

This experience inspired Mike to start his own design consultancy, focusing on interesting environmental projects including bio-technologies and air treatment.

In the mid-90s Mike spent five years with Powergen (formerly East Midland Electricity) as Regional Development Manager for London and the South East. Then in 2000, Mike set up The Energy Practice with Robert Reeves – another Concertus Associate Director. The Practice’s legacy includes innovative projects that helped pave the way for early sustainable buildings in the East of England and further afield.

With a passion for new ideas and the ability to realise them, Mike takes great pride in creating inspirational designs and energy schemes.

Mike is also a Director of Carbon Chain Ltd – a company focusing on renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Since it is owned by The Energy Practice, Carbon Chain is also acquired by Concertus in March 2016.


C&G 632 Parts 1 and 2 (Distinction)
Certificate of Environmental Engineering (Distinction)
Registered Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
Associate of Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Fellow of the Faculty of Building


Manchester Airport air handling projects
Channel 4 air handling project
Infrastructure project at Royal Hospital School
Suffolk and The Kings School, Canterbury
Sixth Form College Mid-Site Building, Colchester
Energy and sustainability strategy, University of Essex
Brain Sciences Building, University of Essex
Olympic Badminton Training Centre, Redbridge
Bio Liquid Combined Heat Power plant, Ipswich Hospital Trust
Anaerobic Digester plant, Boxford Fruit Farms /Copella


Dream Job:
If I were to take a different path in life, I would have been an actor.

Something that not many people know about you:
I once played the part of Porthos in The Three Musketeers!

Stuck in a lift with:
Professional golfer, Steve Ballesteros.