At the BIEE AGM on October 16th , BIEE’s retiring President Lord Howell of Guildford welcomed its new President Elect
Prof. Charles Hendry MP. Prof. Hendry will take over the role from Lord Howell on January 1st 2014.
Charles Hendry has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, holding the portfolio longer than any previous Minister. Since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (in both the Business School and the Academy of Government). He is advising the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey MP, on ways to drive up UK content in the oil and gas industry and he is President of the fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action.The Prime Minister has appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. Charles is Chairman of the world’s largest offshore wind farm development, the 9 gigawatt Forewind proposal for Dogger Bank, and is advising investors on a transmission cable to bring geothermal electricity from Iceland to the UK.He has also held the business, higher education and youth portfolios for the Conservative Party; as well as the role of Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Prior to entering Parliament, Charles had his own communications consultancy, supporting chairmen and chief executives in their corporate networking. He was Chief of Staff to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, when he became Leader of the Conservative Party.