Energy Institute vote Brinded as president-elect, as Renewable UK chief joins Glasgow-based Catapult board

Hugh McNeal
Hugh McNeal

Four leading figures in the energy industry have been appointed as Energy Institute vice-presidents following the institute’s annual meeting, at which Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI also took on the role of President-Elect

Brinded – who joined the EI Council in 2013 – will succeed Professor Jim Skea, CBE, FEI as EI President in 2017 for a two-year term.

Dr Bernie Bulkin FEI, Director of Ludgate Investment and existing EI Trustee, is joined by Vivienne Cox CBE, who has held a number of senior executive roles at BP and now chairs Vallourec,

Steve Holliday FREng FEI, formerly chief executive of National Grid, and Ceri Powell FEI, Global Head of Exploration at Shell.  They take their positions on Council after being nominated by the EI’s Trustees and appointed by the membership and will serve for a period of three years. 

Meanwhile, Glasgow-based Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) has appointed Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of Renewable UK as a non-executive director.

McNeal was previously a senior civil servant, most recently as Director of Change at the Department of Energy (DECC).

The OREC Programme represents a £1.4bn funding commitment from the public and private sector over five years. Long term, OREC will be funded 1:1:1 by central government, the private sector and other sources of funding such as the EU and the Scottish government.

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