Brian Wilson

Energy Coast chairman steps down

The chairman of Britain's Energy Coast, Brian Wilson, has stepped down after five years at the head of West Cumbria's economic development organisation.

The former UK Energy Minister took the role in April 2009 when BEC was first formed. Independent board member Nigel Catterson will be taking over as interim chairman.

Catterson is an entrepreneur and chairman of the Solway Energy Gateway Social Enterprise and co-founder of nb21c, which provides advice to social enterprise businesses.

Britain's Energy Coast delivers support for businesses in the energy sector; funds capital projects, and delivers a high-quality property service. The board members are drawn from a mix of the public and private sector.

Wilson said: "It has been a privilege to be involved in West Cumbria over the past five years. We can all be proud of what has been achieved by Britain's Energy Coast through investment in the local economy and promotion of the area's status as a national centre of excellence. BEC is in good hands and I wish Nigel well."

Catterson said: "I'm of course honoured to be charged with this interim assignment and look forward to working with the Board, partners and executive. There is much to be done in terms of shaping BEC and what it delivers to support the shared aspiration of establishing a robust and diverse economy in West Cumbria which enhances our strengths in nuclear and embraces low carbon and renewable energy."

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