Inteb director Tom Kelly has been appointed to the prestigious role as chair of an influential group tasked with business growth in the energy and environment sectors.
The newly-launched Wirral Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Forum has identified significant growth opportunities for these sectors not only locally and regionally but also on a national and international scale.
Part of Tom’s role will be to help shape the direction of the group as well as ensure businesses take full advantage of its benefits to learn, share, collaborate and grow.
Following the announcement of his appointment, Tom said: “I am delighted to be appointed chair of the Wirral Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Sector Forum during what is a very exciting time for the development of the sector locally.
“The role of the forum in terms of engaging businesses to encourage a wider reach of opportunities for our members, by working with other businesses and partners across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region, has never been more relevant. Our region is uniquely and ideally placed to benefit from the opportunities this sector will bring and we hope these benefits will be widely felt by Wirral Chamber members and other local businesses alike.
“In this new role, I hope to ensure the forum continues to provide local businesses with information on specific issues relating to energy and the environment and work together to address potential barriers to growth. Together we can then ensure that businesses in the Energy and Environment sector have the skills required to form part of a robust supply chain and look to benefit from supply chain opportunities in the sector.
“There are also many other important and exciting opportunities involving the energy and environment sector where the forum will be looking to take a lead role in business engagement.
“At Inteb we promote pro-active energy management throughout businesses of all types and sizes and, as we move towards a low-carbon economy, the focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy generation is becoming more mainstream. This in turn brings further opportunities for businesses involved in the sector to reach out to a broader client base rather than being the ‘niche’ service offering it has been in the past.
“As a local business and Strategic Partner of Wirral Chamber, it is our role to ensure that our neighbour and partner businesses understand the benefits that can come from improving their approach to energy management and benefit from the cost savings and business opportunities this approach can bring.”
Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, added: “I am delighted that Tom has agreed to be an active member of our Energy and Environment Forum and to chair the group.
“He will provide great expertise, focus and enthusiasm in moving this initiative forward and play a key role in advancing both the interests of our members in sharing information and best practice, as well as working towards improving the quality of life in our region.”
Tom, who is a chartered energy manager and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) lead assessor, has worked for more than 16 years in energy, sustainability and resource efficiency sectors, building an in-depth knowledge looking at business solutions to utility and waste costs, environmental legislation and gaining a competitive edge through improved sustainability performance.
With increasing awareness around the tightening legislation and cost of carbon emissions, Tom is able to assist organisations meet their present needs while planning for the future, including monitoring, targeting and assessment of improvement opportunities through to managing building related projects.
His specialities are energy management and carbon reduction, CRC, ESOS, utilities metering and data management, construction project management, waste management and legislation, resource efficiency project management and sustainability reporting.