Former East Anglian Air Ambulance chief executive Simon Gray has landed the top job at the East of England Energy Group.

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Mr Gray will succeed founder John Best as chief executive of EEEGR in a move that sees him departing his current role as chief executive of Wells Community Hospital, where he will stay on in a new voluntary unpaid role as a trustee.

The 53-year-old will take up his new role on June 11 and opportunities include ensuring that more than £271bn of opportunities for the region’s energy supply chain are not missed and overseeing the development of existing initiatives such as EEEGR’s Skills for Energy programme, including the new EPISCentre training hub to be built in the area.

“I want to ensure that this region is at the forefront of the energy industry,” he said. “We must also make sure that if any international business is looking to inwardly invest into the UK, our region comes out top when they begin their search.

“We need to make sure we seize the business opportunities and the new jobs that any investment into energy would bring to this region. It will be a challenge and we must embrace the wide-ranging interests across an all-energy sector.”

Accepting that his new role was a change of direction, he said: “I’m not a helicopter pilot but I ran the Air Ambulance; I’m not a clinician but I ran a hospital; I’m not a journalist but I was in key publishing roles. I think my strength is in managing organisations, understanding what members want and showing how we can grow together.”

Alan Barlow, EEEGR chairman, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Simon who brings a successful track record in both membership organisations and private sector industries. We believe he will bring the right leadership to grow EEEGR and further develop a coordinated energy supply chain in this region to ensure members benefit most from the multi-billion pound opportunities within the all-energy sector on our doorstep.”

Mr Gray said his first aim would be to meet as many EEEGR stakeholders and members as possible to assess their views – and he would be opening the group’s flagship summer conference in Ipswich on July 11.

9 comments

  • Mr Gray is not in the post, yet some of the comments here are based on little more than spite just because of what he was quoted as saying. At least give him the opportunity to work in the role before casting judgement as to his suitability to be EEEGR's Chief Executive. I can think of others at the helm, namely Sir Fred Goodwin and, most latterly, Rupert Murdoch who deserve to be regarded with contempt.

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    Musto_Fan

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • I forgot. Where was this job advertised ??

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    "V"

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Tom. Nowhere on the website to put myself forward. I am not one of the 'band', and as we all know that "when the music stops all the jobsworths and quango'ites will move one quango and one office to the left". They are not trying to make a difference. Tell me one difference they have made ?. They are all in it for themselves and are voted on by themselves. Experience never comes into the equation !.

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    "V"

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • Interesting range of the usual ill-informed comments from the usual suspects. well one of them anyway. A call to the EEEGr office today was enough for me to ascertain that the job was widely advertised including the EDP, and I do recall it. I also found out that he was selected by a panel of people comprising 100% from the energy industry. They must know what they want, as it is their subscriptions that will pay his salary.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Of course, people who run energy companies ARE usually completely ignorant as to who to appoint to work in their businesses. So it would be entirely reasonable for "V: to assume they are equally unqualified to appoint someone to run their industry body. Perhaps you should put yourself forward for election to the Board of EEEGR, "V". Or perhaps you have, and you have not been successful, which may explain your often baffling hostility to people who are just trying to make a difference.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • So being a boss at a hospital, qualifies you to become a boss at an energy quango ?. You could not make it up !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • “I’m not a helicopter pilot but I ran the Air Ambulance; I’m not a clinician but I ran a hospital; I’m not a journalist but I was in key publishing roles." Like Dogberry, I loved this bit. It's just like Ian Fletcher, Head of deliverance in "Twenty Twelve". 'A man who has got where he has because of his unique capacity to stay calm under pressure. Before joining the Olympic Deliverance Commission as Head of Deliverance, he had spells with British Nuclear Fuels then progressed through the National Disasters Executive to his most recent job as Director of the Urban Regeneration Agency, in which role he was almost solely responsible for Manchester.'

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    point du jour

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • “I’m not a helicopter pilot but I ran the Air Ambulance; I’m not a clinician but I ran a hospital; I’m not a journalist but I was in key publishing roles. I think my strength is in managing organisations, understanding what members want and showing how we can grow together.” ...perhaps he should add "I know nothing about how energy is generated - except for hot air"...another example of the continuation of the quango mentality...money for old rope!

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    Dogberry

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Tom. Who were on the panel ??. Looking at their website, being on the "board" or one of their Directors, you do not need to have any offshore experience. Experience (like I have, 24 years) counts for nothing only to keep certain ones on a nice little gravy train. It not what you know, its who you know.

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    "V"

    Friday, May 11, 2012

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