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Crown Estates appoints Gloucestershire businesswoman to its board

Written by: Admin | Posted 30 July 2020 10:03

Crown Estates appoints Gloucestershire businesswoman to its board

A leading figure from the green energy sector and one of Gloucestershire’s most high-profile business women has a new role. 

From the beginning of September Juliet Davenport OBE, who lives near Stroud, will join the board of The Crown Estates, a business whose last accounts show income of £485 million and an operating surplus of £349 million. 

It has assets of £14,527.5 million. 

Ms Davenport is the founder and chief executive officer of Wiltshire-based Good Energy Group PLC, which describes itself as a 100 per cent renewable energy company. Its published accounts to the end of December 2018 recorded a turnover of £116.9 million. 

Ms Davenport is also a council member for Innovate UK, a vice president of the Energy Institute and sits on the board of directors for the Renewable Energy Association. 

“I’m excited to be joining The Crown Estate. Never has the challenge of a cleaner, greener future for everyone been more important. 

“This is a business with a unique role to play in supporting the UK’s transition to a low carbon future, whether through its role in offshore renewables or through the places it creates. 

“I look forward to working with the board and the leadership team,” said Ms Davenport, who was awarded her OBE in 2002 for services to renewables – a little over a decade on from starting Good Energy. 

“Juliet’s deep knowledge and experience of the renewable energy sector will be invaluable as we embark on the next phase of growth for the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector. 

“While her passion and commitment to business as a force for good will benefit every part of what we do,” said Robin Budenberg, chairman of The Crown Estate, which owns and manages land in London, from retail to business space, manages a rural portfolio of land and property from tenanted working farms and strategic land to the Windsor Estate, including Windsor Great Park. 

It also managed the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland and plays an active role in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector. 

Ms Davenport also has a number of appointments in academic organisations, including at the University of Wales, Imperial College London, University of Bristol and London School of Economics. 

Her appointment was made in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. Such appointments are made by the Queen under Royal Warrant.