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RenewableUK sets up “shadow board” of rising stars

The UK’s renewable energy trade body said the board will provide a greater range of views from the industry to the main board. Three-quarters of the new panel are women.

The 11-strong board is represented across the renewables landscape from electrical engineering and project management to public affairs and marketing.

RenewableUK's chair, Equinor's Stephen Bull, and fellow board member Lindsay McQuade, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, will also sit on the shadow board to link to the main board.

Eight of the "rising stars" are women as part of RenewableUK's commitment to diversity. None of the members has board-level experience.

The new board will meet roughly four times a year. Members will sit for 18 months, with the chair for two years. "A chair will be elected at the Shadow Board's first meeting early next year," said RenewableUK.

The successful applicants are:

  • Ajai Ahluwalia, principle electrical engineer, Equinor
  • Barrie Andrew, head of product services, SSE
  • Emma Andrews, senior associate, Burges Salmon
  • Vicki Buchan, marketing manager, Taylor Hopkinson
  • Gail Clark, director of marketing, Global Marine Group
  • Suzanne Clifton, asset manager, EDPR
  • Rassim Hariz, sales & business development manager — Offshore Renewables Grid Access, Siemens Energy
  • Gemma Head, skills for energy programme manager / company secretary, EEEGR
  • Virginia Ruiz Albacete, offshore business performance analysis manager, ScottishPower Renewables
  • Hannah Staab, principal advisor – Europe, Natural Power
  • Emily Woolfenden, policy advisor, Ørsted

"We want to hear fresh ideas from the most talented up and coming women and men from diverse backgrounds in this innovative sector. The Shadow Board can provide insight and analysis from a different perspective, and in return they'll get valuable Board-level experience," said Equinor's Bull.

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