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Cooper Lomaz experts fill another Energy Sector vacancy

Cooper Lomaz experts fill another Energy Sector vacancy

Selected by the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA), the highly experienced regional recruitment specialists at Cooper Lomaz were recently given the task of filling the role of Inward Investment Director for Energy for the region, a critical appointment for the future of the East of England. Members of NSEA are Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Waveney District Council, the Chambers of Commerce of Norfolk and Suffolk and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR). It is an innovative collaboration across government boundaries and with the private sector.

This is a job title that has been spoken about a great deal of late and one that holds a significant amount of responsibility.  As Alan Barlow, Executive Chair of the East of England Energy Group said, “Inward investment is the backbone of our nation’s growth and economic recovery.  A strong regional supply chain will maximise benefits by exporting skills and expertise globally.”

Using their significant knowledge of the East Anglian recruitment sector, Jane Lovell and Charlotte Cooper of Cooper Lomaz Recruitment set out to find the most suitable candidate for the pivotal new role. They knew that the ideal candidate would need a real focus on winning a sizeable share of the anticipated growth in the energy sector for the East of England, as well as a desire to strengthen the local economy and increase local job opportunities.

Having carried out a rigorous recruitment process before deciding on one outstanding applicant, the team at Cooper Lomaz can now proudly announce that their selected candidate for the high profile role is James Gray, a man with significant experience in inward investment and a very impressive track record. James started work this month, ready to make a real difference to the region.

James said, “I am really looking forward to capitalising on what is probably the single largest investment opportunity for the two counties. The significant potential of offshore wind is just one aspect of the energy industry, which in itself is part of an overall investment plan of over &pound50billion for the UK.  I am confident that Norfolk and Suffolk can play a pivotal role in this growing market and want to ensure that this area achieves its considerable potential in coming years.”

Of course, it’s not the first time that Cooper Lomaz has been responsible for finding suitable candidates for the energy sector.  Earlier this year, three weeks before their deadline, they found 18 engineers, HSE Experts, marine co-ordinators, a HR and Communications Manager as well as a Finance Manager to work for Scira Offshore Energy in Wells-Next -The- Sea, the company which is constructing the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.

Jane Lovell said, “We have been blown away by the opportunities that exist for the East Anglia economy as a result of the development of renewable energy projects planned for the region. So much so, that Cooper Lomaz is in the process of setting up an offshore renewable energy and wind engineering team to work with offshore wind farm operators and their first tier suppliers and contractors.”


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