Renewable UK appoints ‘Sir Humphrey’ as new chief executive

Hugh McNeal
Hugh McNeal

One of Britain’s largest renewable energy associations has recruited a top ‘Sir Humphrey’ from the Dept of Energy (DECC) as its new chief executive.

Renewable UK has appointed Hugh McNeal – currently director of change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change – in succession to Maria McCaffery.

Currently, the director of change focuses on improving the Department’s efficiency and delivering financial savings, McNeal’s other roles have included chief executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC, and deputy director of Low Carbon Business at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

He takes over from Maria McCaffery who has headed the organisation since June 2006 and has overseen a significant expansion in the deployment of onshore and offshore wind, as well as the development of wave and tidal energy.  

McCaffery said: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins of chief executive to such a capable pair of hands. Hugh has a wealth of experience on energy policy and I have no doubt that he will be a highly effective champion of wind, wave and tidal energy”.

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