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ORE Catapult appoints The Crown Estate energy chief to Board

Published 29 June 2018

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the UK’s leading technology and innovation centre for offshore renewable energy, has appointed The Crown Estate’s Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure, Huub den Rooijen, to its Board as a Non-Executive director. Huub will join the Board on 1st July 2018.

Following a six-month period for continuity, Andrew Mill will leave the Catapult’s Board at the end of the year.

Commenting on the appointment, ORE Catapult chairman Colin Hood said: “Huub brings extensive experience across all areas of the energy market, and in exploiting the UK’s extensive renewable energy resources in particular. He will bring invaluable insight to ORE Catapult’s Board, as we strive to deliver ambitious plans to seize the UK’s huge opportunity from offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

“Andrew Mill has provided invaluable service to ORE Catapult, both as a Board member and as Chief Executive of Narec previously, and we are grateful for his considerable contribution towards developing the business into the highly effective innovation leader that it is today. We will continue to work closely with Andrew in his role as Chairman of EMEC.”

Huub den Rooijen said: “With the UK leading the world in both the deployment and management of offshore renewable energy infrastructure, I am excited to be joining ORE Catapult’s Board, and supporting their team in delivering significant UK benefit from both the domestic and international opportunities that these vital, low carbon industries provide.”

Over the next five years, ORE Catapult will continue to drive offshore renewables innovation to grow UK businesses and reduce the cost of clean energy. Working with industry, government and academia, it provides leadership and coordination of the sector’s innovation priorities and supports industry through testing, demonstration, validation and research, enabling success for UK innovators.