New boss takes over at NaREC

THE New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) has appointed a new chief executive at its headquarters in Blyth.

Andrew Mill joins the research and development company this year, from his post as managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

His experience in the energy industry and in business leadership make him ideally suited to lead NaREC into the operational phase of its development.

Andrew, who is 54 and from Edinburgh, takes control of NaREC just as the company is preparing to open up newly built laboratories representing a 10million investment in the region by One NorthEast.

The first of these, the UK’s only Photovoltaic technology centre, opens in October.

An additional facility for testing the material strengths of wind turbine blades opens in December and a 3.5million energy link laboratory, for electrical testing, is due to open early next year.

NaREC is already operating a marine testing facility using three modified dry docks on the former shipyard at Blyth Harbour.

The company also acquired the Clothier Laboratory in Hebburn, formerly Reyrolle’s high voltage testing laboratory, in September last year.

Andrew takes over the reins at NaREC from Doug Everard, who is leaving for personal reasons, after overseeing a two year period of designing and building 21st century testing facilities on the 60 hectare site.

Andrew said: “NaREC has a crucial role to play in solving some of the thorny issues surrounding electricity generation and supply for this and future generations.

“We can do this with the facilities at Blyth and Hebburn, using the skills and expertise of this region to become a globally recognised player in world energy markets.”