AREG NEWS: AREG secures headline sponsorship for two of its Energy Futures Networks

June 21, 2023
AREG NEWS: AREG secures headline sponsorship for two of its Energy Futures Networks

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is pleased to confirm two new sponsorship agreements with Fennex and global safety and skills organisation, OPITO.

After sponsoring AREG’s Renewable Energy-Young Professionals Network (RE-YP) last year, the energy industry skills body, OPITO, has confirmed that it will continue as headline sponsor for the network event series in 2023/24.

Faye Sherriffs, vice president for energy transition and strategic development at OPITO, said:

“OPITO recognises the vital role which young professionals play in shaping the future of the energy sector. Our continued sponsorship of RE-YP demonstrates our ongoing commitment to developing an innovative and agile energy workforce.

“Collaboration is essential to meet ambitious net-zero targets so by providing the opportunity to connect, learn and exchange ideas, the network is empowering future energy leaders to tackle complex challenges and drive positive change.”

The RE-YP Network, which is co-chaired by Graceann Robertson, marketing manager at Verlume, and Charlotte Hartley, public affairs manager at Storegga, brings together young professionals from across AREG’s membership community to meet, network and learn from industry leaders.

Re-YP network chair, Graceann Robertson, said: “We are taking a practical approach to personal development with the network, which is for young people working in the low carbon sector in the North-east. Our focus is on events and skills-building through visits to places of interest across the region, seeing renewables projects first-hand and meeting like-minded young energy professionals.”

AREG’s five Energy Futures Networks, which include RE-YP, Supply Chain and Technology, Communications, Professional Services and Public Policy, encourage collaboration among its diverse membership community and foster the sharing of information and best practices, alongside exploring opportunities for collaboration within the renewables sector.

The Supply Chain and Technology Network also received a boost with confirmation that innovative technology company, Fennex, will sponsor its activities this year. Nassima Brown, director at Fennex said:

“Fennex is honoured to be the headline sponsor of the Supply Chain Network, it’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the supply chain conversation and interact with AREG members.

“The network is an excellent platform to explore what is happening within the renewables sector and across the energy transition, to identify the challenges that AREG members have in common, and work towards innovative solutions. We are planning a mix of in-person and online events before the end of the year, in which we will share some exciting updates on our collaborative initiatives. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we share more information.”

The network is chaired by Neil McIntosh, managing director at Aberdeen International Associates (AIA) who said AREG was looking forward to working with Fennex to develop the network as an added benefit for members. He said: “We want to create a collaborative space for members to explore the opportunities, challenges, and support available to them across the renewables sector and Fennex can really enhance our ambitions.”

He added: “The skills and expertise we have on our doorstep can help maintain and enhance the reputation of Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland at the top of the global supply chain.”

AREG Energy Futures Networks welcome innovators and industry leaders as guest speakers to cover a variety of transition and renewables-related topics and highlight opportunities for members to get involved and collaborate to accelerate the journey to net zero.

Now in its 20th year, AREG has a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available, including lead sponsor for its Communications, Public Policy, and Professional Services networks. Other opportunities include the AREG Energy Futures webinar series, 20th anniversary dinner and a few smaller, targeted online marketing packages.

To find out more about taking part in AREG’s Energy Futures Networks, please contact [email protected], and to find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

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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