RenewableUK has disclosed the outcomes of a summer election for the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair of its board, as well as the addition of six members to the board, including five newcomers.
Paul Cooley, the global offshore wind director at SSE Renewables, was chosen by the board as its new chair, while Una Brosnan, Senior Vice President and Head of Ireland at Mainstream Renewable Power, was elected as vice-chair.
Both of them are current board members and will assume their new roles this month.
The six co-opted members are Laura Fleming, the Country Managing Director for Hitachi Energy in the UK and Ireland; Cristina Garcia Duffy, the Technical Director at ORE Catapult; Adam Morrison, the Country Manager UK at Ocean Winds; David Rooney, Senior Vice President of Offshore Sales for Northern and Central Europe at Vestas; Iain Sinclair, Executive Director at Global Energy Group; and Tristan Zipfel, Director of Strategy and Analysis at EDF.
Laura Fleming will continue in her role as a co-opted board member, while the other five individuals are new co-optees. Their term on the board will be for one year, commencing this month.
These appointments have been made to ensure that the board comprehensively represents both onshore and offshore technologies, encompassing developers, operators, supply chain companies, as well as experts in grid, leasing, policy, and regulation.
The gender composition of the new board will be 56% male and 44% female.
Dan McGrail, RenewableUK’s chief executive, said “Between them, our new chair, vice chair and six co-opted board members bring an enormous wealth of professional experience, knowledge and talent from innovative companies in our sector which will strengthen and enhance the way we work.”
“They’re taking up their new roles at a crucial moment for the industry, as we remain determined to push ahead with vital new projects to deliver cheap power and boost our energy security at a time of challenging economic conditions worldwide which is unprecedented in our sector.”
Cooley said “I’m immensely looking forward to working with Dan and the dedicated, talented team at RenewableUK. Working together as an industry with government, supply chain and other stakeholders, we can deliver greater success for our industry and ensure renewable energy is central to the UK’s future energy independence and the wellbeing of society.”
Brosnan added “Accelerating collaborative working across the lifecycle of projects and with communities will be key for our industry if we are to realise sustainable delivery of targets and drive equity across the supply chain.”
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