Hawthorn takes chair at Scottish Renewables
Scottish Renewables has appointed Patricia Hawthorn as chairman. She is the first female to hold the post and will be supported by Gordon MacDougall, west European managing director, renewables developer RES, who has been appointed vice-chairman.
Ms Hawthorn is a partner at law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn and she replaces Ronnie Bonnar, managing director of Repsol Nuevas Energias UK, who has chaired Scottish Renewables since 2013.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Hawthorn said: “With renewables now making an increasingly significant contribution to our energy mix, it is an exciting time to take on the role of chairman of Scottish Renewables, an organisation which acts as a powerful advocate for the benefits provided by Scotland’s renewable energy sector.
“Given the opportunities and challenges presented by the move from support under the Renewables Obligation to competitive auctions for Contracts for Difference and the upcoming UK and Scottish Parliament elections, it is more important than ever that Scotland’s renewables sector speaks with a strong and united voice and that the interests of our members across all technologies are robustly represented by their industry body.
“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Ronnie Bonnar, whose invaluable contribution helped Scottish Renewables navigate its way through some significant changes to the industry over the last two years.”
Since joining Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2007, Ms Hawthorn has focussed on consenting four of the offshore windfarms planned for Scottish and UK waters.
Mr MacDougall joined Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in June 2009 and oversees development, construction, generation and new renewable technologies for the whole of Western Europe.
On his new appointment as vice-chairman, he said: “At a time of big changes, it is vital that the organisation continues to put a strong case for continued support for all parts of the renewable energy sector in Scotland.”