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Renewable energy’s rising stars win seats on RenewableUK’s new Shadow Board

18 December 2019  
Posted by: Rob Norris
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RenewableUK is setting up a Shadow Board, made up of rising stars in the clean energy sector, to provide a greater range of views on key issues to the organisation’s main Board.    


The 11 successful applicants represent a wide range of companies across the sector,  offering high levels of expertise in electrical engineering, project management, law, marketing, asset management, business development, environmental management and public affairs. They are in senior positions but none has previous Board-level experience.


The composition of the Shadow Board in terms of ethnicity and gender underlines the association’s commitment to diversity. Three-quarters of the Shadow Board members are women.


RenewableUK’s Chair Stephen Bull (Senior Vice President for Wind and Low Carbon Development at Equinor) and Board Member Lindsay McQuade, (Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables) will sit on the Shadow Board to provide a link to the main Board.


Stephen Bull said: “We want to hear fresh ideas from the most talented up and coming women and men from diverse backgrounds in this innovative sector. The Shadow Board can provide insight and analysis from a different perspective, and in return they’ll get valuable Board-level experience. RenewableUK is keen to play a pro-active role in developing the careers of our members, so they can step up to the top table. The Shadow Board gives them a pathway to do this.


Lindsay McQuade said: “The sheer volume of high-calibre applicants from all parts of our sector demonstrates just how many women and men deserve to be fast-tracked. This industry is attracting the brightest and the best because many people are passionately committed to making a difference by taking practical action against climate change. This industry has become a career choice for the most dynamic Chief Executives of the future”.  


The Shadow Board will meet at least four times a year. Members will sit for 18 months, and the Chair for 2 years. The Chair will be elected at the Shadow Board’s first meeting early next year. 



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     1. T
he successful applicants are: 

  • Ajai Ahluwalia, Principle Electrical Engineer, Equinor

  • Barrie Andrew, Head of Product Services, SSE

  • Emma Andrews, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon

  • Vicki Buchan, Marketing Manager, Taylor Hopkinson

  • Gail Clark, Director of Marketing, Global Marine Group

  • Suzanne Clifton, Asset Manager, EDPR

  • Rassim Hariz, Sales & Business Development Manager - Offshore Renewables Grid Access, Siemens Energy

  • Gemma Head, Skills for Energy Programme Manager/Company Secretary, EEEGR

  • Virginia Ruiz Albacete, Offshore Business Performance Analysis Manager ScottishPower Renewables

  • Hannah Staab, Principal Advisor – Europe, Natural Power

  • Emily Woolfenden, Policy Advisor, Ørsted

    2. The landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal, announced by industry and Government in March, includes a commitment to double the proportion of women in the industry to one-third by 2030. In July, the Offshore Wind Industry Council announced the establishment of new task force, the Investment In Talent Group, which will help to increase the number of skilled people working in the industry. The group aims to ensure that the industry attracts a wide, diverse pool of talent as the number of jobs in offshore wind trebles to 27,000 by 2030.

    3. 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 to access export markets all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.

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