EEF appoints new policy head for climate, energy and environment

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EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has appointed Claire Jakobsson as its new Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy. She will be taking over the reins following Gareth Stace’s departure from the role to become Director of UK Steel.

Claire will be leading a team of three policy experts and will be responsible for advancing the interests of manufacturing in the environment and sustainability space. She will also be key in shaping EEF’s stance and support for manufacturers on issues such as the Business Energy Efficiency Taxation Review, the Energy Intensive Compensation Package and the reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

Claire has a BSc in Veterinary Science and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law. After starting her career as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Parliamentary Resources Unit, she has held a number of senior public affairs and policy positions in organisations including Bell Pottinger, the Conservative Environment Network and Opower.

Prior to joining EEF she was working as a freelance consultant, providing advice on political and policy challenges, particularly around waste, renewable energy and environment.

Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Claire on board at such a critical time for industry. Policy plays an enormous role in creating the right conditions for competition, innovation and growth. 

“It is vital that Government and industry work together to help shape a policy framework that supports business and the UK’s ambitions for a more productive, better-balanced economy. Claire’s role in ensuring manufacturers’ voices are heard and understood will be key.”

Claire Jakobsson, newly-appointed Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy at EEF, says:  “I’m delighted to be joining EEF and taking on such a challenging and rewarding role. A strong manufacturing sector is vital if the Government’s economic and social aspirations are to be securely underpinned.

“However, industry cannot create the right conditions for growth alone – the Government has a critical part to play in laying down the right policy foundations upon which industry can thrive and grow.”

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