William Rickett CB is CEPA's Chairman. He is a former senior civil servant now working in the private sector. His UK Government career included 15 years of Board level experience in five government departments focusing on energy and transport. In the late 1980s he led the privatisation of the electricity industry creating the first competitive electricity market in the world. In his last post, as the Director General of Energy, he drove the transformation of UK energy policy to re-establish a nuclear power programme and to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. He also gained international experience in energy policy as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency.
He is currently a director of Greencoat UK Wind plc, an infrastructure fund investing in operating UK windfarms and Impax Environmental Markets plc, an investment trust specialising in the alternative energy, waste and water sectors. He was previously a director of Eggborough Power Ltd, Helius Energy plc and of the National Renewable Energy Centre Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge University. He was appointed a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in 2010.