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Thursday, 24 September 2020


New Director of External Affairs to lead renewable energy mission

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A leading charity in the renewable energy sector has appointed an experienced Director of External Affairs as it steps up its efforts to influence government policy.

MCS Charitable Foundation was set up by the government in 2018 to advance the deployment of renewable energy in the UK and to manage the standards scheme for buildings-scale renewable energy under the MCS Service Company.

David Cowdrey brings 25 years’ experience of successful political lobbying and a track record of working for several leading environmental and conservation organisations. He will now lead the development and delivery of the external affairs strategy across the MCS group.

David Cowdrey said:

“The microgeneration and renewables industry offers a real solution to Government in tackling the Climate Emergency and achieve their net-zero target and I look forward to helping MCS Charitable Foundation to influence the agenda and transform the way our energy is generated and our homes are built.  I am thrilled to be joining at this exciting time and to have the chance to play an active role in advocating real solutions that will not only boost the Green Economy but also help deliver a low carbon future.”

Adrian Ramsay, CEO of MCS Charitable Foundation, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to the team. He joins at a time when there is a growing focus on the need for government policies at all levels to reflect the urgency of the climate emergency and the need to ensure a green recovery.  We will be stepping up our work in driving and supporting action towards zero-carbon energy and buildings, and the huge opportunities that come with this for job creation, skills and comfortable homes.”

David’s experience ranges from the Environment Agency, WWF, RSPCA and IFAW and was recently responsible for helping to introduce one of the toughest Ivory Bans in the world through his advocacy campaigns.  David has a passion for political advocacy campaigning to create real substantive change and works extensively across the UK political environment.

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