The winners of RenewableUK’s 2023 Board election have been announced, with Mainstream Renewable Power’s Una Brosnan, Equinor’s Halfdan Brustad, Ørsted’s Duncan Clark and Ian Hunter of RES successful from a 25-strong field of candidates. Duncan Clark leads Ørsted’s UK operations, which has invested over £14bn developing offshore wind farms in Britain. The election result means that the RenewableUK’s 12-person elected Board remains gender-balanced, made up of 6 women and 6 men.
Original Press Release:
May 17 -- RenewableUK issued the following news release:
The winners of RenewableUK’s 2023 Board election have been announced, with Mainstream Renewable Power’s Una Brosnan, Equinor’s Halfdan Brustad, Ørsted’s Duncan Clark and Ian Hunter of RES successful from a 25-strong field of candidates. This will be Duncan Clark and Halfdan Brustad’s first time serving on the RenewableUK Board, while Una Brosnan and Ian Hunter have been re-elected for a second three-year term.
The four successful candidates bring a wealth of professional experience and knowledge from leading companies in the sector. Una Brosnan is SVP & Head of Offshore Ireland at Mainstream Renewable Power and Halfdan Brustad is VP for UK Renewables at Equinor. Duncan Clark leads Ørsted’s UK operations, which has invested over £14bn developing offshore wind farms in Britain. Ian Hunter is Operations Director at RES, which has been developing renewable energy in the UK for over 40 years.
The election result means that the RenewableUK’s 12-person elected Board remains gender-balanced, made up of 6 women and 6 men.
RenewableUK’s CEO Dan McGrail welcomed the results, saying:
“I’m delighted to welcome these talented industry leaders to our Board at this crucial time for RenewableUK and our members, as we rapidly scale up renewable to meet our net zero and energy security ambitions. While the energy sector still has much more to do to better reflect wider society, gender parity among the leaders on our Board showcases the growing diversity of leadership that we see in the renewables sector. I look forward to working with our new Board members to support rapid growth across our industry.”
Una Brosnan said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to be re-elected to the Board by our members at this pivotal and exciting time for our Industry. We have an exceptional team under the leadership of Dan McGrail, which is supporting members in leading critical work shaping our industry in an ever-changing environment. It’s imperative as a Board we continue to ensure we support the team with guidance and leadership in setting and delivering RUK’s strategy to enable the industry to further build on its success to date and realise our targets.”
Halfdan Brustad said:
“I’m delighted to be selected by my industry peers to be a member of the RenewableUK Board, and am eager to play an active role in supporting our pre-eminent trade association. Thank you to all those who supported my candidacy, congratulations to the new Board members, and I look forward to working more closely with the Board to ensure the UK’s energy transition continues at pace. As Equinor’s VP UK Renewables, we have a strong portfolio of ambitious projects that will require collaboration from a healthy renewables industry in order to deliver. As a RenewableUK Board member, I am looking forward to focusing on two key areas: first, eagerly contributing to RenewableUK’s strategic direction and policy advocacy to continue the UK’s renewable energy leadership and, second, being a strong supporter of the UK supply chain’s continued development and competitiveness.”
Duncan Clark commented:
“I am delighted to be joining the Board at this pivotal point in the industry. On the one hand the UK and Devolved Governments are increasing their ambition to install renewables at an ever-increasing rate, whilst simultaneously the supply chain and developers all face substantial cost and profitability pressures.
This contrast between the huge ambition and potential of the renewables sector and the current scale of the challenges means it is more important than ever that RenewableUK’s impactful voice continues to be heard. We need RUK to fight for sustainable pricing and volume that delivers for the whole industry, and to continue to work to find solutions to barriers related to grid and planning. These needs are familiar from our industry journey over recent decades, and I remain confident that the industry can come through this difficult period to a strong future.”
Ian Hunter stated:
“There has never been higher demand for more renewables because they deliver the answers to the challenges of energy security, lower consumer bills and clean economic growth. To match this demand, we need projects to come online faster than ever. Working in operations, development and commercial roles, across multiple renewable technologies during my career, I understand the complex interplay required to deploy new infrastructure in the UK and abroad. I’ll use this experience to help develop the supply chain required and speed up the delivery of new projects and to make this happen for our members and the vast benefits for consumers and businesses they create.”
1. RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 470 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.
2. RenewableUK’s events programme is available here(https://events.renewableuk.com/).
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