Scottish Renewables bolsters top ranks

Scottish Renewables – the voice of Scotland’s renewable energy sector – has appointed its new Chairman and Vice-Chairman, along with six new Directors.

Rob Forrest, Chief Executive of renewable energy developer GreenPower, will take over as Chairman, while David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy at EDF Energy, has been appointed Vice-Chairman, Scottish Renewables informed.

Forrest replaces Patricia Hawthorn who had chaired the organization since 2015. He was previously Scottish Renewables’ first Chief Executive, from 1999 to 2004.

Commenting on his new appointment, Rob Forrest said: “Recent years have presented a number of significant hurdles for the sector, and there is still much to be done to ensure that renewables continue to deliver their full potential on clean energy, jobs, investment and carbon reduction across Scotland and the UK.

“Competing priorities at Westminster and the new Scottish Energy Strategy and Climate Change Plan, as well as changes to the planning system and the enormous shifts in our energy system brought about by decarbonization, all present challenges and opportunities.”

David Cameron (Photo: Scottish Renewables)

New Vice-Chairman David Cameron has been Head of Scottish Policy at EDF Energy since 2010 and is currently a member of the board of SCDI and of CBI Scotland’s Council.

On his new appointment as Vice-Chairman, Cameron said: “At a time of enormous change it’s more important than ever that Scottish Renewables represents its members with dedication and commitment.”

Scottish Renewables’ Board has also been strengthened with the addition of six new Directors, including Adam Morrison, Head of Electrical, EDP Renewables; Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy; Lindsay McQuade, Chief Executive, ScottishPower Renewables; and Andy Kerr, Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Claire Mack, Scottish Renewables Chief Executive, said: “As a representative body it’s important that our Board reflects all renewable energy technologies.

“I’m delighted to say that the new Board does just that, which puts us in a strong position as renewable energy continues to mature and take its place at the heart of our energy system.”