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EEEGR’s new organisational structure sets to support industry growth in the race to Net Zero

East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), an all-energy trade association, has announced exciting organisational changes supporting its recent commitments to continue building a truly representational all-energy service across the eastern region.
Martin Dronfield
Martin Dronfield has been announced as the new chair of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR). Picture: EEEGR

EEEGR celebrated its 20th birthday earlier in the year where it launched a new manifesto, a visionary document that sets out the organisations future along with a clear road map to underpin its plans.
In line with that manifesto, EEEGR has announced some internal organisational changes being made with immediate effect to ensure EEEGR is capable of delivering on its promises going forward. 
Martin Dronfield moved into the chairman’s role in November 2020, succeeding Patrick Phelan. More recently he took on an executive chairman role when Simon Gray took an extended leave, and EEEGR is pleased to be able to announce that Martin will remain as executive chairman moving forward. Martin’s extensive career and reputation within the industry makes him perfectly positioned to lead the organisation through this time of growth.
EEEGR is also delighted to announce that Simon Gray has returned to work, following family loss, in a new role of executive director of policy and external affairs which will allow him to focus entirely on positioning EEEGR at the centre of the energy landscape in the East of England and the wider UK.

Simon GreySimon Gray, executive director of policy and external affairs. Picture: EEEGR

Simon’s commitment to EEEGR over the past decade has been exceptional and the EEEGR team is delighted to be welcoming him back after what has been a difficult time for him personally and even more delighted that he will be driving forward EEEGR’s ambitious plans for the future. Simon will remain on the EEEGR board as an executive director, and EEEGR will not replace the role of CEO in its future leadership structure.
In recognition of the huge potential need, and the significant opportunity for EEEGR to deliver more in the energy skills space, Gemma Head is stepping up and into a new role of head of skills, and with this new role EEEGR will be able to deliver even more benefits to young people in the region seeking to enter the energy sector, to those already in the energy sector looking to transition and to those looking to enter the sector for the first time.

Gemma HeadGemma Head, head of skills. Picture: EEEGR
The EEEGR Skills for Energy programme will continue with gusto and to support Gemma in managing this incredibly successful programme EEEGR is delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Gabrielle Waterman into the Skills for Energy manager role.
Rob Bush will remain in his current role of operations manager, a role he has delivered successfully over the past 18 months through a difficult period, and EEEGR thanks him for his effort.
In further support of its commitments laid out in the new manifesto, EEEGR has over the past few months appointed three new staff to strengthen its team further:
  • Anna Castles, who has joined the team as events manager. Anna has significant events experience and is already proving to be invaluable as EEEGR conceives and plans its future events in a post pandemic world.
  • Mark Groves, who has joined the team as membership manager. Mark's role is to work with members both existing and potential and enhance their experience and try to ensure they get the most value from being part of EEEGR.
  • Vanessa Perry, who has joined the team as operations assistant. Vanessa has joined in the middle of huge change in EEEGR and as the engine room of the operation is already proving her worth, bringing organisation and structure to a busy office.

Finally, it is with some sadness that EEEGR announces the departure of Marie Hoskins-Davies from the EEEGR team. Marie has played a huge part of seeing EEEGR through the past 18 difficult months and she will be very much missed, The whole EEEGR team wishes Marie good luck in her new role.
Further exciting announcements will be made in the coming months the EEEGR team is strengthened even further.