Energy UK has announced the appointment of Lord John Hutton as its next Chair.
He will succeed Sir David Arculus, who will step down on 7th December 2017.
Lord Hutton is a former Cabinet Minister and was MP for Barrow and Furness in Cumbria from 1992 to 2010.
He has held a number of Secretary of State appointments, including the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Businesses, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Ministry of Defence.
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK said: “Lord Hutton brings a wealth of experience to this role as we navigate this hugely exciting time within the sector.
“I’d like to thank Sir David for the work he has done to ensure Energy UK is in the strong position it is today, with now 100 members spanning suppliers and generators big and small, enabling us to embrace the challenges and opportunities as we move to a digital, decarbonised smart energy future.”