OVO Energy appoints Dr Rebecca Heaton as new Director of Sustainability
Thursday 1st July 2021: OVO Energy, the UK’s largest independent energy supplier, announces the appointment of Dr Rebecca Heaton as Director of Sustainability.
As Director of Sustainability, Rebecca will shape OVO’s commercial initiatives in line with the UK’s climate change agenda, and amplify OVO’s voice as a sustainability leader and zero carbon advocate. Rebecca will lead on the delivery of Plan Zero, OVO’s response to the climate crisis, setting out how OVO will transform its business, operations and impact to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Plan commits to OVO becoming a net zero carbon business and helping their customers to halve their total carbon footprints by 2030.
Rebecca will help to define Plan Zero, setting goals and creating roadmaps to achieve net zero by 2030, including design and delivery of a nature-based climate solutions strategy. Rebecca’s expertise in sustainability will ensure that carbon cutting is at the forefront of OVO’s Plan Zero initiatives; by driving engagement with government, regulators, businesses and other organisations she will support the creation of a fair new energy system where everyone in society shares in the benefits of collective progress.
Prior to joining OVO Energy, Rebecca was Group Head of Climate Change for Drax. Rebecca is a recognised thought leader in land use, energy and climate change, with a wealth of experience working globally at the interface between science, policy and business. She has specialised in land-use and forestry, as well as broader sustainability projects throughout her career. Rebecca was a member of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) between 2017 and 2021, and was appointed to the Committee to strengthen its expertise in business affairs.
Rebecca joins alongside recent senior hires including: Joe Gordon (VP of Customer Care); Simon Maine (Director of Corporate Affairs) from Brunswick; and Chris Russell (Managing Director of OVO Drive). Rebecca will report into Simon Maine as part of the recently established Corporate Affairs function which incorporates Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Policy, and the OVO Foundation, alongside Sustainability.
Commenting on the appointment, Adrian Letts, CEO of OVO, said: “We are delighted to have Rebecca join us, bringing a wealth of experience in all aspects of climate change policy and sustainability which will strengthen and guide our Plan Zero strategy which is central to OVO’s future ambition.”
Simon Maine, Director of Corporate Affairs at OVO, added: “Sustainability is absolutely central both to OVO’s business plan and our wider reputation among society. Rebecca has developed incredible leadership on climate change policy and I very much look forward to bringing her wealth of experience into the OVO Corporate Affairs team.”
Dr Rebecca Heaton said: “I’m excited to join OVO Energy as the UK reaches such a critical point in its climate change agenda. OVO is transforming the energy sector by decarbonising its members’ homes, and I join with a shared ambition which holds the environment at heart and keeps net zero firmly in sight.”
About OVO Energy OVO Energy was founded in 2009 and redesigned the energy experience to be fair, effortless, green and simple for all customers. Today OVO Energy and its Retail partners serve nearly 5 million customers, all striving to deliver more affordable clean energy for everyone. OVO is on a mission through its sustainability strategy Plan Zero to tackle the most important issue of our time; the climate crisis, by bringing our customers with us on the journey towards zero carbon living. OVO Energy has committed to being a net zero carbon business and achieve bold science-based carbon reduction targets by 2030, while helping members halve their carbon footprint at the same time.