Peter Childs has been appointed Chairperson at Q-Bot

14 January 2022


Peter Childs has been appointed Chairperson at Q-Bot Ltd. Peter is also the professorial lead in engineering design at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London as well as Chairperson at BladeBUG Ltd. He has recently being appointed Co-Director of Energy Futures Lab. He is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Peter has a long-standing association with Q-Bot having been one of the original two founders in 2012, along with architect and sustainability expert Tom Lipinski. Peter has extensive experience in heat transfer and robotics, and was responsible for some the ideas for the company’s original patent for the use of a robot within a void to apply thermal insulation on the underside of suspended flooring.


Peter has diverse interests ranging from robotics to gadgets and mechanisms, but all involve the common theme of sustainability. He is passionate about retrofit and making improvements to the built environment, viewing Q-Bot Ltd as a company that develops and delivers ‘robotic technologies for sustainable building retrofit, maintenance and construction’.


Peter has diverse commercial experience having undertaken research and development work with companies ranging from Siemens and ABB, to Laing O’Rourke and Merck, as well as the EU’s Horizon programme, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK. He has published many works and won prizes from the IEEE, CIBSE, the Design Society, CleanTech, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His original Phd was in heat transfer – the ‘q’ in the company’s name stems from the unit for heat flux, a measure the company’s interventions seeks to reduce substantially.


Peter sees sustainability at the core of Q-Bot’s values among its staff, customers and principal stakeholders. Peter Says:

‘By tackling the challenges of our buildings with smart technologies, Peter believes the company can deliver responsible and sustainable solutions to customers that give lasting benefits to all involved. The current underfloor insulation solutions enabled by Q-Bot’s low floor void and high floor robots are an example of this benefit, giving improved thermal comfort, lower heating bills and saving 750 kg carbon emissions for a typical property per year. I am very excited at the prospect of engaging with Q-Bot further and helping the company to scale its activities.’


Martin Jervis, Chief Commercial and Operating Officer at Q-Bot commented: ‘Peter brings a unique perspective to the role of Chairperson of Q-Bot, having been a founder of the company, with a passion for sustainability and a distinguished and highly relevant academic record. We look forward to his support to help Q-Bot on its growth path, as a company, as a board and as a global citizen.


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