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PRESS RELEASE : Department appoints 2 new non-executive directors [February 2024]

The press release issued by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero on 20 February 2024.

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson CBE and Dame Mary Archer to join Departmental Board.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has appointed a new Lead Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM), Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson CBE, and Non-Executive Board Member, Dame Mary Archer.

The Department welcomes Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson as the Lead NEBM, for a term of 3 years from 1 February 2024. Humphrey brings a wealth of commercial energy experience to the Department, working most latterly as Managing Director of Nuclear Development at EDF UK (post ended June 2022) after a 32-year career in the energy industry.

The Department also welcomes Dame Mary Archer as a NEBM on the Departmental Board, for a term of 3 years from 23 February 2024. Mary is an experienced Non-Executive Director, and is a scientist by profession, specialising in solar power conversion. She was the founder chair of the National Energy Foundation, and then subsequently its President.

Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, welcomed the new appointees to her Departmental Board:

Humphrey and Mary have an outstanding track record in the energy sector, and I am delighted to be welcoming them to our leadership team. They will provide expert guidance as we drive down bills through a cleaner and more secure energy system.

The Permanent Secretary, Jeremy Pocklington, commented on the new appointments:

We are looking forward to welcoming Humphrey and Mary to the Department. Their significant commercial experience and technical knowledge will be an asset to the Department as we secure the UK’s energy supply and meet our net zero goals.

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson CBE said:

I am delighted to join the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero as the Lead Non-Executive Board Member. Achieving net zero and securing our energy supply is a challenge, but I am looking forward to supporting the Department in delivering its priorities and positioning the UK as a leader in reaching net zero.

Dame Mary Archer said:

I am looking forward to joining the Department as a Non-Executive Board Member and supporting the Secretary of State and her team in achieving the Department’s objectives.

Humphrey and Mary join current NEBMs Peter Mather and Vikas Shah on the DESNZ Departmental Board.