Former Scottish rugby player to tackle renewables for Global Energy Group

Iain Sinclair

A FORMER professional rugby player has been appointed to help Global Energy Group gain advantage in the renewables and energy transition market.

Iain Sinclair, a former Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh flanker, has more than 18 years’ experience in energy and infrastructure, including as managing director of Forth Steel and Murray Plate Group.

He’ll help the Inverness outfit cross the gain line for low carbon work as it plans to set up a new base in Edinburgh next year.

In the new role of executive director of renewables and energy transition, Mr Sinclar will have a group-wide remit to develop opportunities in offshore wind, hydrogen and sustainable infrastructure.

Global Energy Group, which employs more than 1,500 people, has invested £90m to date in its Port of Nigg facility in the Cromarty Firth.

Global has already delivered “significant contracts” for the huge Beatrice and Moray East offshore wind farms in Scotland.

Chairman Roy Macgregor said Mr Sinclair is well-suited to tackle the job.

He said: “Iain joins us at a pivotal time as we continue our journey to support the energy industry with the transition to net zero. His background and experience are an ideal fit for our future ambitions. He will be responsible for supporting our portfolio businesses in building diverse expertise to increase our contribution to the low carbon sector.

“I look forward to working with Iain over the coming months as we develop our clean energy strategy.”

Mr Sinclair, who played rugby professionally for four years until 2001, said he’s excited to join Global Energy Group.

“The speed in which the energy transition has accelerated means we are at an incredibly exciting time for the industry as a whole with major infrastructure projects on the horizon and the ScotWind leasing round”, he said.

“Having worked as a supplier to Global Energy Group for several years, I have been impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit, ambitions and investment commitments to support the clean energy industry.

“I am thrilled to be leading this area of the group and, together with the business unit leaders, further enhancing our offering as we establish a presence in Edinburgh next year.”

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