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24 March 15

SBP Appoints Chairman of Advisory Board

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today announced the appointment of Julia Marton-Lefèvre as the Chairman of the new Board being established to provide advice to the SBP.

Ms Marton-Lefèvre has been prominent in the scientific and environmental community and has recently stepped down as Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) following eight years’ service. The IUCN is a unique global membership organisation bringing together governments and non-governmental organisations, scientists and experts to seek pragmatic solutions to the most pressing environment and development challenges.

The role of the new Advisory Board to the SBP will be to give advice to the SBP Board on, for example, the strategic direction of the SBP, the credibility of the SBP Framework, as well as on specific technical and policy issues. With the Chairman in post, work is now underway to fill the remaining positions on the Advisory Board. The composition of the SBP Advisory Board will ensure that key stakeholder groups are represented.

Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President of DONG Energy and SBP Board Member, who led the search and selection process on behalf of the SBP Board, commented: “I am pleased that Ms Marton-Lefèvre has accepted the role of Chairman of the SBP Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will play a critical role in the future development of the SBP and it is very important that its Chairman has a solid track record of bridging the gap between business and civil society.

“Ms Marton-Lefèvre has impeccable credentials and the necessary intellectual curiosity to be an effective Chairman. I believe she will be a tremendous asset to the SBP.”

Welcoming Ms Marton-Lefèvre to the role, Dorothy Thompson, Group Chief Executive of Drax and Chairman of the SBP, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Ms Marton-Lefèvre as Chairman of the SBP Advisory Board. My fellow Board members and I look forward to working with her to make SBP a truly multi-stakeholder approach.”

Julia Marton-Lefèvre commented: “I am delighted to accept the role of Chairman of the SBP Advisory Board. I strongly believe that the SBP will benefit from a collaborative approach involving key stakeholder groups to help it achieve its vision of an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable solid biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy. My first task will be to assist in populating the Advisory Board and then we will begin our work as a group providing the best advice possible to the Partnership.”

For more information, please contact:
Melanie Wedgbury (SBP)
T: +44(0)7734 793279