New chairman's energy challenge

Thursday 16th September 2010

Great Yarmouth based energy group EEEGR has appointed its first executive chairman to help guide it through one of the most important and challenging energy eras in history.

Alan Barlow's wants TMS client EEEGR be the catalyst in ensuring the region's energy sector seizes the golden opportunities on its doorstep and promotes itself with one compelling voice.

He says that the East of England can already be viewed as a world-leading energy hub and that EEEGR and its 340 members are a major part of that success story. Founder and chief executive John Best remains “the main man” in its operation, he said.

"John is the driving force but he and the board wanted EEEGR to take the next step in development and brought me in to help achieve that."

He said it was vital for all local authorities in the region to collaborate with EEEGR members and the rest of the energy industry to grab the opportunities now presented.

Mr Barlow brings to EEEGR 25 years of international business experience, 15 of them in energy-related fields.

"I was fortunately in a position to stop full-time work but still require a stimulating challenge. The energy sector in the East of England and EEEGR’s growing pivotal role in accelerating its development will undoubtedly provide a relishing challenge and an opportunity for me to give something back to the industry."

Mr Barlow and wife Lindsey live at Haslemere, Surrey, and have two adult children. Away from work he enjoys international travel, painting and keeping fit. His charity work includes director and trustee of Saferworld,  which reduces conflict and improves local security in world troublespots.