Industry leaders chosen for new RenewableUK Board
05 July 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
Senior renewable energy industry executives have taken up new positions on the Board of RenewableUK, following a poll of members in April and May. The Board has changed to reflect the elections, and co-options agreed by Board members which ensure that it continues to represent the range of technologies covered by the association.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Vice President and UK Country Manager, Julian Brown has been closely involved in RenewableUK’s activities since 2000. He has already served two terms on the board, including the position of Chair until last year. He will also be representing Vestas Wind Systems and as a Non-Executive Director of Tekmar plc.
GE Renewables Wind Northern Europe Sales Director David Matthews has been re-elected to the Board. He started his career in the hydro industry in 1991 before moving into onshore wind. He has worked for 8 years in the offshore wind sector.
Fred.Olsen Renewables Commercial Director Gareth Swales has been elected for the first time. He has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, including senior positions at London Array, Jacobs, IPA and Masdar.
Ørsted's UK Country Manager for Offshore Benj Sykes is also Industry Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) and led the negotiations to deliver the Sector Deal. He joined the RenewableUK board in 2015 and currently chairs the Board’s Finance and Risk Committee.
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP Head of Clean Energy and banking partner Clare Foster has been co-opted to the Board. Clare brings to the Board a wealth of legal knowledge in renewable energy finance across multiple clean energy technologies.
James Fisher and Sons’ Group Business Development Director Martin Dronfield has been co-opted to the Board. Martin brings significant supply chain expertise from across the offshore wind and marine energy sectors.
Royal Bank of Scotland’s Sustainable Finance Lead Rishi Madlani has been co-opted to the Board. Rishi brings significant expertise from finance and low carbon investment.
Ian Bryan, Global Marine Group’s Managing Director of Group Business Operations and Roisin Quinn, Head of National Control for National Grid Electricity System Operator
have been re-co-opted to the Board. Including the Chair, there are 17 seats in total.
RenewableUK Chair Stephen Bull, Senior Vice President, Wind and Carbon Capture and Storage at Equinor, said:
“It’s great to have these industry heavyweights offering their wealth of experience to RenewableUK. They will help to set the agenda at a crucial time, as the Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and Ministers are due to publish an Energy White Paper which is expected to set out a new strategy for the power sector.
“The industry is implementing the landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal, and we’re continuing to make a strong case for supporting onshore wind and marine energy. On a wider level, we’re re-thinking the way our entire energy system works as we incorporate more renewable power onto the grid. Our Board plays the central role in ensuring we achieve our objectives”.
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RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 400 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.
Further details of RenewableUK’s Board are available here.