Atlas Controls Ltd
Old House, The Ridings
Oxford, OX3 8TB

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Atlas Controls is a specialist in designing and controlling smart buildings. We provide you with electrical & mechanical design, fire and security design. We also ensure a smooth installation by personally commissioning each project

Joe Miles - managing director

Joe read environmental engineering at university and subsequently attained chartered engineering status. He has run construction and property development companies for the last 25 years in both England and Wales.


He has a wealth of experience in designing and specifying low energy buildings, in particular the renovation of existing buildings to achieve a high level of thermal efficiency. Joe has both residential and commercial experience.


Joe has a particular focus on controls systems as these are often overlooked and are critical to the efficient functioning of buildings. Specifying and installing appropriate controls ensures the comfort and security of occupants, reduces energy consumption and reduces the cost and hassle of building management and maintenance.


Joe is a guest lecturer at Oxford Brookes university and regularly presents CPDs and seminars on specifying building services and building controls.

Edward Hinds - electrical design

Ed studied Electronics and then Systems Engineering at University, then spent 5 years in the electronics manufacturing industry. This was followed by 9 years customising manufacturing equipment and their control systems. Ed moved on to renovating residential buildings where he qualified as an electrician. He then combined the two careers moving into home automation and building management systems.  Ed is a member of the IET - Institute of Engineering and Technology.


He recently renovated a 1950's house to an eco-friendly standard with external insulation, airtight and heated using solar panels and a log stove with back-boiler. This has given him an in depth understanding of the services for eco-buildings and their control.


Ed is involved in the operations side of Atlas Controls, designing installations and specifying any customisations, as well as customer support.

Kathryn Derby - energy & sustainability consultant

Kathryn provides clients with energy assessments for dwellings (including Part L compliance assessments and the feasibility and options for achieving higher targets) and BREEAM assessments for domestic and commercial developments.

Kathryn graduated in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia in 2006 with a first class bachelor’s degree with honours. During her studies she developed a particular interest in the energy sector and renewable energy technologies. Her final year dissertation reported research into solar water heating, monitoring the performance of systems and consumer interaction. Since graduating Kathryn worked for Rickaby Thompson Associates for 11 years as an energy and sustainability consultant before setting up her own company, Greatorex Derby Sustainability Consultancy in 2017.  

Kathryn has extensive knowledge of energy efficiency and sustainability in the domestic and commercial sector and provides assessment and consultancy services. She is a qualified On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA, ie. SAP assessor), BREEAM (Commercial, Public Buildings and Domestic Refurbishment) Assessor, Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and Home Quality Mark Assessor. Kathryn can effectively interact with design teams that have a vast range of experience and knowledge from individuals to large multi-disciplinary design teams.

David Hilton - mechanical design

David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heating systems, heat recovery ventilation, emerging technologies and renewables, including heat pump technologies, Solar systems, biomass and also conventional heating systems.

David has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture (Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies), is a fully qualified Gas Safe and renewables installer and has 30 years experience in the industry. He has been the Sustainable building Expert at Grand Designs live exhibitions for 10 years, writes for Homebuilding and Renovating magazine, is a member of the Gloucester Design review panel, often presents CPDs and courses, and is a guest speaker at the National Selfbuild & Renovation Centre.

Passionate about healthy efficient homes, he often works with architects and house builders and designs and project manages appropriate performance technologies and heating systems to achieve the healthiest outcome for every home, energy efficiently and cost effectively.

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Atlas Controls Ltd
Old House, The Ridings
Oxford, OX3 8TB

Phone  01865 920730