RenewableUK appoints former Grimsby MP Melanie Onn as Deputy Chief Executive
13 February 2020
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK has appointed the former MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn as the organisation’s new Deputy Chief Executive. She will begin her role on 9th March.
In her new role as Deputy CEO, she will focus particularly on public speaking and media work. She will also lead on helping our supply chain members to grow, and on the development of the skilled workforce the industry needs, including opening up wider areas of the sector to more women.
Ms Onn was elected twice as Labour MP for Great Grimsby, serving from May 2015 to November 2019, including periods as Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said “I’m absolutely delighted that a talented and passionate public servant of Melanie’s calibre has chosen this role as her next step after serving as an MP. She’s a powerful advocate for renewable energy and has been instrumental in the transformation of Grimsby, a global hub for offshore wind. Melanie’s choice to join us is testament to the extraordinary impact that RenewableUK’s members are having as they build Britain’s future energy system”.
Melanie Onn said: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining this innovative sector, as the public is demanding decisive action on climate change and the eyes of the world will be on this country as we host the crucial COP26 summit in November. RenewableUK’s members are driving the changes the UK needs to reach net zero emissions as fast as possible.
“The transition to a net zero economy is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the UK to create new industries and jobs. I only need to look at my hometown of Grimsby, where investment in offshore wind is playing a major role in starting to revitalise the local economy and supporting regeneration. In my new role, I want to champion the wide range of clean technologies we’ll need to accelerate the UK’s successful transition to net zero”.
A photo of Ms Onn is available on request.
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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 to access export markets all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.
Melanie Onn joins RenewableUK on an initial 12-month basis.