Trade body the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.
Ruth Herbert, an “experience senior executive” with a “strong background” in energy policy, will take up the role in October.
She currently holds the position of director of strategy & development at the Low Carbon Contracts Company.
The firm was set up primarily to manage the UK Government’s Contracts for Difference with low carbon electricity generators.
More recently it has positioned itself as the future counterparty to power and industrial carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) contracts.
Mr Herbert has also held a number of roles at the previous Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where she worked on electricity market reform, the 2010-11 Energy Bill.
She was also head of international cleaner fossil fuels policy in the Cleaner Fossil Fuels Directorate.
Ms Herbert said: “I am extremely excited to be joining the CCSA at such an important time. CCUS is a vital solution to deliver net zero across the economy. I look forward to working with the CCSA team and its members to build this critical industry and bring forward a successful CCUS programme to achieve UK climate goals.”
Jonathan Briggs, chairman of the CCSA board said: “The CCSA Board is delighted to welcome Ruth to the CCSA and we are confident that she will build on the current positive momentum for CCUS and lead the CCSA in the next stage of its development. Ruth brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge on CCUS, climate and energy policy, which will be a tremendous asset as the CCSA goes from strength to strength.”