Stobart Energy announces new CEO and board changes

Stobart Energy, a leading supplier of biomass fuel in the UK, has appointed a new CEO and made a series of board changes.

Richard Jenkins, who has extensive experience in the waste-to-energy sector, will head up the business on 1 June. Jenkins spent the last three years managing the Greater Manchester Waste contract, initially for Viridor and most recently for Suez. This is one of the largest waste contracts in the UK, according to Stobart Energy, with Jenkins having been responsible for managing more than one million tonnes of waste per annum.

Jenkins will be joined by Stobart Energy’s new finance director, Gareth Aylward, who started his new role on 18 May. Aylward joins the company from Ornua Cooperative, where he worked in several finance roles in its Ireland, China and UK businesses. Alan Whitrow, who joined Stobart Energy in 2016, will be appointed to the company’s board as operations director, while Gareth Vaughan continues in the role of supply chain director, overseeing the firm’s business trading/procurement operations, transport and delivery of fuel to Stobart Energy’s customer’s plants. Neil Spencer will be appointed to the executive board as commercial director.

“It has been a pleasure to be involved in the significant success of Stobart Group since 2004 and to have had the opportunity to run the Energy Division for the last four years,” said Ben Whawell, outgoing CEO of Stobart Energy. “I am very proud of what we have achieved.

“The next phase of growth is extremely exciting and a real opportunity for Richard [Jenkins] and his new team to develop and fulfil their ambitions. I wish him and everyone else at Stobart Energy all the very best for the future.”

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