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Big hitters join RenewableUK – new policy staff and Board members

26 May 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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RenewableUK has completed a restructure of its policy and external affairs team with the addition of three new members of staff.


The new head of policy is Barnaby Wharton, formerly the CBI’s senior policy adviser on energy and climate change. Barnaby spent five years at the CBI, covering a wide range of business issues, focusing for the last three years on energy and climate change. He produced CBI’s recent report “Stepping up to the Challenge” on maximising the UK’s economic opportunities as we work towards our carbon reduction goals.


Marina Valls has joined RenewableUK in the newly created role of Economist. Previously she worked for a gas storage operator as a market and policy analyst.


A new policy manager, Rebecca Williams, will take up her post in June, sitting alongside the two existing policy managers. She will join RenewableUK from WWF, where she currently manages the NGO’s work on the power sector, covering policy from the UK, EU and internationally.


Commenting on the appointments RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck said: “I’m delighted to reinforce our excellent RenewableUK policy team with talented individuals from varied backgrounds. The team are hitting the ground running and are looking forward to working with industry and officials alike to support our growing UK renewables sector as it delivers cheap, clean electricity and drives investment in communities right across the country”.


RenewableUK has also announced the results of its latest Board election. The six successful candidates are senior industry figures:


  • Stephen Bull, Senior Vice President New Energy Solutions - Wind and Carbon Capture & Storage, Statoil


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


  • Clark MacFarlane Managing Director, Wind Power Division, Siemens Gamesa


  • Lindsay McQuade, Director of Policy & Innovation, ScottishPower Renewables


  • Andy Reay, Regional Manager, UK A2Sea


  • Rachel Ruffle, Managing Director, RES (Western Europe)


    RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “Our six successful candidates bring a wealth of experience to our Board, as well as indefatigable energy and enthusiasm.

    They are highly influential players in one of the UK’s most dynamic, competitive and successful industrial sectors, and we are fortunate to have the benefit of their incisive expertise in the years ahead. We are grateful to everyone who stood for the Board in this round of elections, and the active role they and all members play in our work.”



For further information, please contact:

  • Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445

  • Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913

  • Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702



RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.

More details on all RenewableUK Board members can be found here 

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