Renewable energy pioneer Juliet Davenport appointed to Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and CEO of the 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has been appointed to the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

NERC is the UK's leading commissioner of environmental science research, investing £330m each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres. 

Its scientists study and monitor Earth’s physical, chemical and biological processes - from pole to pole and from below the Earth’s surface and oceans to the atmosphere and space.


Juliet said:

“The work that NERC does is absolutely fundamental to providing understanding and insight into the ongoing and ever increasing environmental challenge we face as a society.” 

“I am extremely proud to be part of an organization that has funded projects, and did some of the original science, on the Ozone layer. Today, it’s working on areas as diverse as extreme flooding and the impacts of certain farming methods on wild bumblebees.”

Minister for Universities & Science Jo Johnson announced Juliet’s appointment along with four other new members’ to NERC’s Council.

Council members have corporate responsibility for all NERC's actions and those of its staff. They decide on NERC's strategic priorities and performance objectives, financial management and deployment of major resources.

The appointment will not affect Juliet’s role as Good Energy Chief Executive.

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Notes to Editors

About Juliet Davenport

Juliet has been working in renewables and energy policy for the past 20 years and is recognised as an expert in this area, receiving an OBE for her work in 2012. She set up Good Energy, a UK supplier of 100 percent renewable electricity, with the purpose of developing a company that would create a new blueprint for the energy market, addressing climate change through the delivery of a low carbon, renewable energy market in the UK. She graduated from Merton College, Oxford with a degree in physics. She holds an MSc

from Birkbeck College in economics and an honorary degree from Plymouth University. Juliet sits on various representation bodies including Energy UK, the Sustainable Development Advisory Group for OFGEM and the South East Physics Network Advisory Panel.


About the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Appointments to NERC are made in accordance with the requirements of the Code of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public.

Juliet Davenport has been appointed the NERC’s Council along with Ms Leslie Heasman (managing director and principal consultant, MJCA), Mr Imran Khan (chief executive of the British Science Association), Professor Guy Orpen (deputy vice chancellor, University of Bristol), Professor Lesley Yellowlees (vice principal and head of College of Science & Engineering, University of Edinburgh).

The new appointments are effective from 1 August 2015 for a period of four years. For more information visit


About Good Energy

Good Energy is a fast-growing green energy company, generating and selling 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, all wrapped up in great customer service.  Our mission is to support change in the energy market, tackle climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy has consistently been ranked top or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro and tidal.



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