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Former ScotGov economics chief joins NZTC board

The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has announced the appointment of former Scottish Government director-general for economy Liz Ditchburn to its board.

Ms Ditchum has over three decades of experience in the UK civil service and devolved administrations as a public sector leader and senior policy maker and has held a range of positions working on managing economic, social and environmental change.

Most recently, she served as director general for economy for the Scottish Government, leading on all aspects of the economy and the drive towards net zero in Scotland – a role that also saw her play a central part in establishing the Scottish National Investment Bank.

She also currently sits on the board of trustees for Nesta, a UK-based innovation foundation which aims to support the UK’s energy transition by cutting UK household emissions.

In her new position on the NZTC board, she will work with chief executive Colette Cohen and chairman Martin Gilbert to shape the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the centre, as it continues to develop and deploy technology in support of the UK’s net zero goals.

Commenting on her new position within the Centre, Ms Ditchum said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Net Zero Technology Centre board as a non-executive director. The pace of change towards net zero needs to increase significantly if we are to have a chance of avoiding the most damaging global temperature increases.

“NZTC has already achieved so much in its first six years and has proven its ability to accelerate change through technology. I look forward to working with the brilliant NZTC team and board as we map out the next period.”

Ms Cohen added: “We’re delighted to welcome Liz to the NZTC Board at a particularly exciting time for NZTC as we continue to evolve and grow. Liz’s wider perspective, and passion for net zero and innovation, will provide the Centre with valuable strategic advice and guidance to help us achieve our ambitions.”

The appointment follows that of energy supply chain leader and UK managing director of Aker Offshore Wind Sian Lloyd Rees, who also joined the group’s board earlier this year.

Meanwhile the Centre has its sight set on new offerings, having launched a new suite of commercial services aimed at helping energy businesses decarbonise.

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