The current chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) is taking over the reins at Energy UK, the new trade association for the energy sector.
Angela Knight will take up the post from acting CEO David Porter in the summer.
Energy UK was formed in April to represent some 70 companies in the sector, from small electricity generators and energy services companies to large vertically-integrated utilities.
The one-time Economic Secretary to the Treasury (1995-1997) leaves the BBA after five years at the helm there.
Ms Knight said: “Like financial services, energy plays a vital role in the social and economic fabric of our society and we need new and established companies in the sector to thrive and prosper in the UK’s competitive market, creating jobs and serving their customers well.
“I want to see Energy UK help deliver investor confidence in the UK and to work with the industry to improve its reputation. We have to acknowledge companies don’t always get things right, but we also need to ensure that what they do well is not overlooked.”
She added she will be listening carefully to stakeholders “to ensure that together we pursue what public policy demands and customers expect.”