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PRESS RELEASE – SEA elects new Chair of Executive Committee – Richard Burnley

The Sustainable Energy Association has elected Richard Burnley, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulation Britain & Ireland as Chair of its Executive Committee.

Richard Burnley is the Managing Director at Kingspan Insulation Britain & Ireland, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of a range of insulation products. He has previous experience with SIG plc and Dow Europe GmbH, and originally trained in chemical engineering at Loughborough University.

Kingspan Group manufacture and supply not only insulation products and insulated panels but also a wide range of other products for the built environment including hot water cylinders,  renewable energy technologies,  energy-related telemetry and monitoring products.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard Burnley said:

I believe that SEA’s credibility largely stems from grounding its advocacy on strong economic rationale, evidence and analysis and taking an objective technology agnostic approach. I’m delighted to take up this role and look forward to working with the SEA team to continue to shape the future policy framework. As a professional body for the industry, the SEA has a crucial role to play in promoting market growth by encouraging the application of a mix of measures across a full range of product offerings.”

Lesley Rudd, SEA Acting Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to welcome Richard as our new Chair. Having already worked with Richard as a member of our Executive Committee we know he has the knowledge and passion to lead the organisation. As we strive to reduce energy bills, increase industrial competitiveness, meet the country’s housing needs and protect the environment for future generations, homes and buildings are key. Energy and energy efficiency in buildings need a sharper focus and policy needs to reflect the benefits of a technology neutral, whole house approach.

The SEA founds its arguments first and foremost on economics – demonstrating clearly that there are benefits for consumers and the economy as a whole from more focus on the demand side of energy policy and on taking a ‘wrap then heat’ approach to buildings. We have an extremely busy period of policy development ahead of us and ambitious goals. As Chair of our Executive Committee Richard will play a central part in helping SEA achieve those goals.”


Notes to editors:

  1. The Sustainable Energy Association is a member based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that link up building-level technologies and the wider energy system to achieve a low carbon, secure energy future for the UK, benefits for UK consumers, and commercial growth for businesses working in the sector.
  2. The SEA is governed by its Executive Members, each of which has a seat on the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Executive Committee is elected by its members and automatically adopts the role of Vice-President of the Association. 

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Thursday, February 9th, 2017