Jean Morrison

AREG Chair

Jean was a Labour Councillor on Aberdeen City Council for five years before stepping down in 2017.

For the past 32 years, Jean has managed and developed SCARF, a registered charity tackling fuel poverty and promoting energy efficiency in the north-east of Scotland. She was awarded an MBE for her services to energy efficiency in Scotland in 2002.

Philip Bell

AREG Director

Philip became the Scottish Conservative councillor for the Lower Deeside ward in Aberdeen City in May.

He has worked in the oil and gas sector for 35 years at some of the North Sea’s major operators including BP, Chevron, Shell and Maersk; engineering firms Amec and Wood; and consultancies Core Oil & Gas Ltd and Genesis Philip runs his own consultancy, PABE Ltd.

Richard Sweetnam

AREG Director

Richard, head of economic development at Aberdeen City Council, has over 20 years’ experience working in economic development across the UK in private and public sector.

He has been working in Aberdeen since 2015 and plays a vital role in the City Council’s senior management team, with a remit including developing the Aberdeen City economy.

Gordon McIntosh

AREG Director

Gordon is deputy minister of natural resources for Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Previously, he held many senior positions at Aberdeen City Council for more than 20 years, which included overseeing the enterprise, planning and infrastructure department.

Morag McCorkindale

Team leader international trade and investment, Aberdeen City Council

Morag established AREG in 2003 through her work with Aberdeen City Council’s economic development service. She was also key to securing a EURO €40 million grant for the EOWDC. Prior to joining the council, Morag was a business advisor with Aberdeen Enterprise Trust where she supported more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and assisted 102 businesses to start up.

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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.

All-Energy

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.

Vattenfall

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