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Meet the Team

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Senior Management

Hugh McNeal
Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Hugh leads the work of the association and is accountable to the Board for the performance of the business and staff.

Emma Pinchbeck
Deputy Chief Executive

Emma manages our communications, policy, and technical affairs teams, and the Northern Ireland Renewable Industry Group and Cymru offices. Emma sits on Scottish Renewables Board and leads the organisation’s work on whole energy system thinking.

Maf Smith
Deputy Chief Executive

Maf leads the commercial aspects of RenewableUK. He is responsible for events, member growth and ensuring a positive member experience.

Keith Moss
Executive Director of Finance and Performance

Keith manages the operational performance of RenewableUK. His role is to ensure effective strategic and operational finance and performance planning, monitoring and reporting to improve the overall success of the Association.


Barnaby Wharton
Head of Policy & Regulation

Barney leads the policy team and ensures the coordination of all our regulatory and policy work.

Rhys Jones
Head of Technical Affairs

Rhys leads our work with members, regulators and stakeholder partners, on health, safety, well-being, skills, and security issues.

Marina Valls

Marina leads thinking in the industry on renewable energy analysis by: producing original analysis and reports that support our advocacy and policy work; answering questions on issues about our industry’s economics and showcases our thought leadership on markets, future generation and deployments.

Rebecca Williams
Senior Policy Manager

Rebecca leads our policy work on technology issues, working with members on the future of the energy markets.

Yonna Vitanova
Policy Analyst

Yonna leads work on energy networks issues, charging issues and technical and policy barriers to the deployment of renewables and system flexibility resources.

Alicia Green
Policy Analyst - Planning & Environment

Alicia leads policy work on planning and development, the environment and barriers to deployment.

Amie Jones

Amie assists the policy team on a range of policy issues and supports day-to-day reception duties.

External Affairs and Communications

Luke Clark
Director of Strategic Communications  

Luke leads our team engaging with media and Parliament across the range of technologies and activities we work on.

Robert Norris
Head of Communications

Rob works to achieve positive media coverage for RenewableUK and our industry.

Nathan Bennett 
Senior Public Affairs Manager

Nathan leads work on our public affairs engagement with Parliamentarians and other stakeholders.

Emma Fidler
Communications Executive (Consultant)

Emma leads on content and engagement on our social media channels. She is always looking to work with members, so get in touch with her if you want us to promote your news or share photos of the things you’re working on.

Katherine Lower

Katherine assists the external affairs and communications team to engage with stakeholders and Parliamentarians, alongside supporting day-to-day reception duties.


Garth Halliday
Director of Events

Garth leads the team responsible for the delivery of all our events, sales and marketing.

Vicky Mant
Head of Business Development

Vicky leads our business development work and is responsible for identifying new markets and partnerships.

Aparna Coutinho
Head of Marketing

Aparna is our marketing lead and works with media partners to advertise our events and ensure trade press representation at our conferences.

Michael Smith
Head of Events

Michael is responsible for managing and developing all key RUK events.

Parul Patel
Event Manager

Parul works within the events team and supports delivery of all of our key events, such as Global Offshore Wind, the Aviation and Emergency Response conferences.

Victoria Comber
Event Manager

Vicky works within the events team and supports delivery of all of our key annual events including multiple international annual conferences and exhibitions such as Global Offshore Wind.


Jeremy Sullivan
Head of Membership

Jeremy is the first point of contact for our members, ensuring that we are delivering a positive member experience to existing and new members alike.

Rhys Thomas
Information Manager

Rhys leads the development of the Project Intelligence Hub and wider information services such as our Supply Chain Maps.

Bahzad Ayoub
Senior Analyst

Bahzad is responsible for day-to-day management of our Project Intelligence database and supporting members in its use. He supports the wider team and membership on data and analysis of offshore wind projects

Programme Management Office

Rachel Holloway
Head of Programmes and Planning

Rachel is our programme management lead and heads the team that ensures we are an effective and well run organisation. She leads the work to implement the Sector Deal for Offshore Wind.

Oankar Birdi
Senior Programme Manager

Oankar leads and develops the delivery of our work programmes and projects against business plan objectives, working across the organisation. She is responsible for delivery of the content of our conference programmes and is the lead on our supply chain support.

Mary-Ann Dent
Programme Manager

Mary-Ann supports the delivery of our work programmes and projects against business plan objectives, working across the organisation. She is a researcher for the Project Intelligence Database. She manages all financial transactions and is the main contact for all financial related queries.

Georgiana Ciolmec
Administrator (office coordination and operation)

Georgiana coordinates the smooth running of the office and day-to-day HR tasks. She works across the wider RenewableUK team, helping to deliver multiple projects.

OWIC Sector Deal Delivery

Melissa Mead
Offshore Wind Sector Deal Programme Manager


Celia Anderson
People & Skills Director

RenewableUK Cymru

Rhys Wyn Jones
Head of RenewableUK Cymru

Rhys leads our work in Wales with members, politicians and stakeholders

Sara Powell-Davies
Communications Manager for RUK Cymru

Sara leads communications and events work in our RenewableUK Cymru team.

David Clubb

David assists with events and marketing.

Northern Ireland Renewable Industry Group

Steven Agnew
Head of NIRIG

Steven leads our work in Northern Ireland with NI members, politicians and stakeholders




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