RenewableUK Chief Executive to step down

The Chief Executive of trade group RenewableUK, Maria McCaffery, has announced she will be stepping down next year.

Board Chairman Julian Brown said Ms McCaffery has tendered her resignation and will be staying in post until a successor is able to take over the leadership role. 

The trade organisation, which represents companies in the wind and marine sector, will start the recruitment process for her successor in the coming weeks.

She has led the organisation very successfully to become one of the most respected trade associations of any sector, most importantly representing the industry during a vital period of the maturing process which has made renewables such a significant part of the UK energy mix we see today,” said Mr Brown.

“We are very grateful as an industry for all that Maria has achieved.  She will be handing over at an important stage as our sector enters a new phase. The industry must continue to demonstrate its capacity to deliver cost-effective electricity whilst maintaining its high level of public support.  Maria’s successor will take the helm at the beginning of a new era, building on the success already achieved to champion our industry to Government and the public and to provide outstanding services to its membership.

Ms McCaffery added: “My time leading RenewableUK has been the most interesting and rewarding of my career and it has been a privilege to work with so many talented and committed people within the secretariat, its wider membership and our many external stakeholders. I am proud of all we have achieved together but I feel it’s time to pass on the baton.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues