East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) chief executive John Best to step down

THE founder of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is to stand down as chief executive after 11 years in the role.

John Best is to leave EEEGR, a business-led not-for-profit organisation which promotes the sustainable development of the energy sector in the region, to become head of sustainable energy UK with Norfolk-based offshore company Fendercare Marine.

Alan Barlow, chairman of EEEGR, said Mr Best would leave a “superb legacy” and the board wished him every success in his new role.

“He will be exceedingly difficult to replace with his energy and commitment to the energy sector and the region,” added Mr Barlow.?

Mr Best said: “We’ve secured significant profile and success, producing growth as well as substantial value for the regional energy supply chain.

“None of this could have been achieved without massive support from a whole range of individuals and organisations, for which I will always be grateful.”

EEEGR was involved in the successful campaign, led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, for Enterprise Zone status for Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and in the Government’s designation of the area as a Centre for Renewable Offshore Engineering.

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The group is also a partner in the inward investment initiative NSEA (Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance) while its Skills for Energy Programme was cited by Government as the exemplar for what other regions should be doing.

EEEGR also recently secured European Regional Development Fund money to deliver a supply chain development programme to SMEs across low carbon energy sectors in the East of England.