Rob Forrest, owner and CEO of GreenPower, one of the leading independent renewable energy developers in the UK, is delighted to have been elected as Chairman of Scottish Renewables.
Rob was re-elected on to the Scottish Renewables Board of Directors in 2016 having previously been one of the founders in the late 1990’s and was its first Chief Executive, continuing to serve as a Director for 11 years. He replaces Patricia Hawthorn, Partner at UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, who had Chaired the organisation since 2015.
Commenting on his new appointment, Rob said: “Having been involved in Scottish Renewables in some capacity since its inception in 1996 I fully understand the importance of bringing together business, government and wider civic society for the benefit of the green energy industry.
“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 decarbonisation, all present challenges and opportunities.
“I’m delighted to be working with a strong staff team at Scottish Renewables and would like to thank my predecessor, Patricia, for her invaluable contribution as the industry navigated its way through a particularly turbulent period.”
David Cameron , Head of Scottish Policy at EDF and member of the board of SCDI and of CBI Scotland’s Council, has been elected at Vice-Chairman and a further six new Directors have also been appointed.
Scottish Renewables is the voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry and is committed to growing Scotland’s renewable energy sector and sustaining its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry. Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack 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.”
More details are available on the Scottish Renewables website.