The CEO of the Energy Institute, Louise Kingham, has announced she will leave the organisation for a new role at BP.
Ms Kingham has led the not-for-profit professional membership body, and its precursor groups, for more than 20 years.
She will stand down as CEO in April, and the Energy Institute is now on the hunt for a replacement.
Her new role with BP involves the company’s shift to net zero, with Ms Kingham working “within the senior leadership to help support society in the move to a low carbon energy system”.
Announcing the news to staff, she said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the energy industry. I have enjoyed my time at the EI immensely and will miss the family that exists within the staff team, volunteer base and wider membership.
“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be your CEO. Now, new challenges beckon for me and the time has come for someone else to take the helm.”
The Powerful Women action group, which is supported by EI, paid tribute, with chair Ruth Carnie describing her as “absolutely instrumental” in driving the organisation to where it is today.
We are very sad at the news that we are losing our own powerful woman & role model Louise – but thrilled for her and her new opportunity.
— POWERful Women (@_PfWomen) February 2, 2021
The task now falls to Energy Institute president Steve Holliday and his colleagues to find a new CEO, with a search process now underway
He said: “It’s never easy replacing a CEO and particularly in this case. What Louise has achieved has been extraordinary – from uniting the organisation’s precursor bodies, diversifying and internationalising its membership, and taking a determined lead on defining issues such as the energy transition and women’s representation in the boardroom.
“She is respected for this work across the industry and will be missed by all at the EI. That said, she will hand to her successor an EI in tremendously good shape as the foremost professional body for the world of energy.”