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Chippenham's Good Energy boss to step back from CEO into non-exec role

4 February 2021
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One of the UK's early pioneers of green energy provision to the masses, is to step back from the company she founded in 2003.

Juliet Davenport, the founder and boss of Good Energy Group PLC, the renewable electricity supplier and energy services provider, is to move from being CEO to take up a non-exec position with the company, and with its Bristol-based subsidiary Zap-Map. She will remain CEO of the company while the formal process to find the new CEO is undertaken.

The company said this transition is part of the continuing evolution of Good Energy from its roots as a simple green energy provider to a newer world green energy services and 'mobility as a service' provider. With Good Energy now well established as a leading renewable energy provider and following a period of significant internal investment and progress, Juliet has decided that now is the appropriate time to bring in a new CEO to take the business forward.

Now a highly influential industry figure, Juliet founded Good Energy as a fledgling entrepreneur two decades ago to give consumers the power to tackle climate change by choosing renewable power. Good Energy was an early pioneer in small-scale renewables. Good Energy has since developed more than 50MW of solar and wind assets, grown the 100 per cent renewable supply business and recently announced new capabilities in electric vehicles, spearheaded by Zap-Map, the car charging information app, in the development of mobility as a service.

Good Energy has appointed an Executive search firm to recruit a new CEO. 

Juliet Davenport, CEO and Founder, Good Energy, and Chairman of Zap - Map said:"I'm immensely proud of Good Energy and the work that it has done in transforming the UK energy horizon, leading on decentralised energy, innovating in green funding and challenging the market at every step to become Zero carbon. As the industry moves from a world of Megawatts to Megabytes it is time to bring a fresh approach to taking the company forward, making it an optimal time for this transition. I look forward to supporting the new CEO when they are appointed to assist with the transition to a true mid 21st century energy as a service business, in a world moving faster towards zero carbon."

Will Whitehorn, Chairman of Good Energy said: "I would like to thank Juliet for the fantastic job she has done in building Good Energy. Her energy and entrepreneurial spirit have been critical to its success. We are delighted that Juliet will remain involved and committed to the future growth of the business and supporting the new CEO as they take the business forward. This is an exciting time for the business as we develop the Good Energy and Zap-Map brands in the new markets of energy and mobility services, and a great opportunity".

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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