Biography - all about Greg
Educated at Royal Holloway College, University of London and London Business School, after a career in the City which spanned corporate finance, private equity, investor relations and international energy, Greg was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle in 2001. He served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee from 2001-2005 before going on to shadow the Environment and Climate Change portfolios in Opposition under David Cameron.
Following the 2010 General Election, Greg was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”). During his period in office, he became the longest serving UK energy minister for a generation. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012.
At DECC, Greg helped lead major market reforms of the UK electricity sector and pursued policies which unlocked record growth in renewable energy, including over 4GW of new solar PV and the world’s largest offshore wind programme. Greg also played a key role in the creation of the Green Investment Bank; a policy which he had personally developed whilst in opposition.
Other achievements included Britain’s first national energy efficiency strategy, strong support for the growth of decentralised energy and the creation of the ‘Green Deal’ market. He launched the globally innovative Renewable Heat Incentive. Greg also created the UK’s first Marine Energy Parks, reflecting his commitment to innovation and developing wave and tidal power technology. He was responsible for giving planning consent to all nationally significant energy projects.
Greg represented the UK at all major international Climate Change negotiations since 2010. He took a lead international role, mobilising both public and private clean energy finance for developing countries, driving towards $100billion a year by 2020. He consistently worked to open up new export opportunities for the UK clean energy sector worldwide and in 2012, he took the largest ever “Green” Trade Mission to East Africa. In the same year he was given the additional appointment of Minister for Business Engagement with India, with a particular focus on the Mumbai/ Bangalore Economic Corridor.
Greg stood down from Government in July 2014 to rejoin the private sector and will leave the House of Commons next year. However he is continuing to advise the Prime Minister on “Green” policies for the Conservative Party at the forthcoming general election.