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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.

Isabel DiVanna
Executive Director of Commercial and Customer Experience

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

Melanie Onn
Deputy Chief Executive

Melanie is the principal senior external spokesperson for RenewableUK. She takes on RenewableUK responsibilities within the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, including skills and diversity. She will also be giving a stronger voice to the supply chain in relation to needs, opportunities and growth.

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
Director, Future Electricity Systems

Barnaby leads RenewableUK’s thinking on the future of the electricity system as renewables become the mainstay of the UK’s generation. His work includes flexibility markets, energy storage, the role of EVs and the future of hydrogen.

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
Chief Economist

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
Head of Policy and Regulation

Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. Rebecca specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, Rebecca leads RenewableUK's work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies - such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage - to market.

Yonna Vitanova
Policy Analyst

Yonna leads work on electricity networks, grid connection and charging issues as well as technical policy barriers to system flexibility and the deployment of renewables.

Alicia Green
Policy Analyst - Planning & Environment

Alicia leads our policy work on non-market barriers to deployment, covering consents and licensing, planning, the environment and aviation.

Amie Jones
Policy Graduate Intern

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.

Katherine Lower
Public Affairs Graduate Intern

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
Senior Event Manager

Parul works with the Events team to deliver the Association's events portfolio working on the production and operational delivery of one-day events, annual Global Offshore Wind, business dinners, international pavilions and drinks receptions. Parul is also working with the Association's Sector Deal Ethnicity workgroup.

Vicky Comber
Event Manager

Vicky works within the Events team leading the delivery of annual events both in the UK and overseas and supporting the delivery of our key annual event 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, day-to-day HR and finance tasks. She works across the wider RenewableUK team, managing and supporting multiple projects.

OWIC Sector Deal Delivery

Melissa Mead
Offshore Wind Sector Deal Programme Manager

Melissa works with the workstream leads and stakeholders across industry to coordinate and facilitate the programme of Offshore Wind Sector Deal activity. She works with government to monitor and report on progress against Sector Deal commitments, and acts as Secretariat for the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC).

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.

Northern Ireland Renewable Industry Group

Steven Agnew
Head of NIRIG

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




Contact Us
  • RenewableUK                Chapter House                         22 Chapter Street
    London                              SW1P 4NP                              United Kingdom
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7901 3000
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7901 3001