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Senior Management

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive

Hugh became Chief Executive in April 2016. Before this, he was Director of Change at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, improving the Department’s efficiency and delivering financial savings. Other roles in the Civil Service included Chief Executive, Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC, and Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard University where he also taught from 1995-2000. Hugh was on the Board then Chair of Equinox, a charity providing services to people seeking to overcome alcohol, drug and mental health problems, 2002-2012.

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive

Maf joined RenewableUK as Deputy Chief Executive in 2012. He leads on business development, events, membership and technical issues for RenewableUK. Prior to that Maf worked at grid and regulatory consultancy Xero Energy, and for much of this time was seconded to the Department of Energy & Climate Change to work on Electricity Market Reform. From 2006- 2011, Maf worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission, acting as advisor and scrutiny body to the Scottish Government. Between 2002-2006 Maf was Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables.

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director

Emma joined RenewableUK in 2016. She sets the overal strategy for RenewableUK's communications and policy teams. Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK. Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Board of Directors

Nominations for election to the RenewableUK Board are currently open, with results to be announced on 23 May 2017.

Julian Brown
RenewableUK Chairman
Aarufield Ltd

Sarah Merrick
RenewableUK Vice-Chair
Head of Public Affairs
Vestas Wind Systems,
UK & Ireland

Stephen Bull
Senior Vice President
New Energy Solutions
– Wind and Carbon Capture & Storage

Alan Chivers 
The Renewables Consulting Group

Matthieu Hue 
Chief Executive Officer 
EDF Energy Renewables

Ian Johnston 
Chief Operating Officer
Temporis Wind

Zoe Keeton 
Head of Energy Policy and Public Affairs 
Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

Matthew Knight 
Director of Strategy and Government Affairs             
Siemens Energy

David Matthews
Marine Strategy & Business Development, Offshore Renewables
Clarksons Platou AS

Lindsay McQuade 
Director of Policy & Innovation 
Scottish Power Renewables

Rachel Ruffle
Managing Director
RES (Western Europe)

Danny Shaw
Head of Finance,
Onshore Wind Europe
E.ON Climate & Renewables

Benj Sykes
Head of Asset Management and UK Country Manager
DONG Energy Wind Power

Aram Wood
VP Strategy,
Wind Power and Technologies
Statkraft UK

Richard Yemm

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