June 28, 2021

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has appointed David Rodger as CEO as the organisation seeks to further develop support to members and increase links with stakeholders to assist net zero strategies across north east Scotland and beyond. 

David has extensive experience across the energy industry which has included communications and business advice. He will join AREG on October 1 following nine years with Shell. 

Having previously spent four years with AREG as communications manager, David joined Vattenfall in 2009. He supported the development of the Clashindarroch onshore windfarm near Huntly, as well as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), of which AREG was a driving partner, before joining Shell in 2012. 

David said: “I’m extremely proud to be returning to AREG as CEO. Despite leaving more than a decade ago, I’ve continued to be heavily involved through advisory groups and supported the organisation at every opportunity. There has been enormous change in that time but we’re now entering another exciting phase for renewable energy in Scotland, and I can’t wait to be part of that with AREG as we grow the organisation to champion both the production and use of low carbon energy – right across industries, communities and homes.   

“The north east in particular has a strong base to work from with decades of energy experience and we want to make sure the local supply chain can take advantage of the exciting opportunities being created across the renewable energy sector from floating wind to hydrogen and wave power. I’m looking forward to engaging with members and fellow industry organisations to identify the challenges and opportunities for local organisations as efforts are ramped up to achieve net zero emissions.” 

Jean Morrison, chair of AREG, added: “The board and I are very pleased to welcome David back to AREG in this new role. He has been involved with AREG for more than 15 years in various positions and his knowledge, connections and passion for transformation will be fundamental in driving us forward. 

“Through his developer experience, David will bring fresh ideas and initiatives for the organisation as we continue to champion the supply chain and enable a just energy transition.” 

Founded as a non-profit making organisation almost 20 years ago, AREG plays a key role in developing a sustainable renewable energy sector in the north east of Scotland and across the UK, supporting its members and attracting investment. With around 190 members, AREG aligns opportunities with capabilities in the supply chain, supports renewable energy businesses and facilitates the transfer of technology, skills and expertise from oil & gas.   

Earlier in his career, David spent more than 20 years working as a civil servant across employment, offshore safety and latterly with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). He holds an MSc in Management from Robert Gordon University. 

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise