The trade association responsible for representing the energy sector, Energy UK, today announced their new chair as former Labour MP, Lord John Hutton.
Lord Hutton will step into the position on 7 December 2017 upon the exit of outgoing chair, Sir David Arculus.
Appointed by the board of Energy UK, Lord Hutton has led a number of politically high profile offices such as Department for Work and Pensions (2005-7), Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR, including energy, 2007-8) and, latterly, Ministry of Defence (2008-9).
As a former cabinet minister and Member of Parliament he served as MP for Barrow and Furness in Cumbria from 1992 to 2010.
Lord Hutton said: “I am delighted to be joining Energy UK. The industry faces some great opportunities as well as challenges and I am looking forward to working with all of our member companies in ensuring that the UK energy market remains competitive and dynamic.”
Lawrence Slade, chief executive of Energy UK, said: “Lord Hutton brings a wealth of experience to this role as we navigate this hugely exciting time within the sector. I’d like to thank Sir David for the work he has done to ensure Energy UK is in the strong position it is today, with now 100 members spanning suppliers and generators big and small, enabling us to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead as we move to a digital, decarbonised smart energy future.”