ACSEF has announced the appointment of a project director for Energetica.
Sara Budge will lead the development of the delivery plan for the new energy community stretching north from the Bridge of Don to Peterhead and west to the airport.
Formerly director for company growth, innovation and commercialisation with Scottish Enterprise, Ms Budge has over 20 years experience in both the public and private sectors.
Before joining Scottish Enterprise, she was commercial director for a £300 million partnership project in Sandwell and prior to that spent several years as senior business director with BT Global Services UK.
Ms Budge has also held senior positions in local government, health and education.
As Energetica project director, she will continue to work for Scottish Enterprise but be responsible for leading and co-ordinating the work of the partner organisations set out in the project’s delivery plan.
Energetica is set to become a world-leading energy technology destination combining high quality, energy efficient living with dynamic energy focused businesses that could generate £750 million in investment in the first ten years with the potential to create an additional £500 million of annual GVA in the region.
The delivery plan sets out the investment required over the next two to three years, assessing potential impact and identifying the actions and associated resources needed.
The plan details the critical physical infrastructure that needs to be in place and identifies the opportunities for inward investment in terms of energy technologies and development of the existing energy supply chain. It also outlines how Energetica will offer a unique, attractive and sustainable environment based on low carbon dependency with exceptional leisure and retail facilities.
Ms Budge is excited about her new role. She said: “The delivery plan sets out ACSEF’s ambition and my first role will be to fully engage all the stakeholders in the plan and to progress the multi-strand workstreams, including preparing the business case and investment appraisals.”
Commenting on the appointment, Professor Stephen Logan, chairman of the Energetica board and an ACSEF board member, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Sara’s calibre to this vital post as we really drive Energetica forward.
“Her extensive experience in both the public and private sector will be highly beneficial to the project.”