MCS appoints new Independent Chair of Standards

MCS, the national standards organisation for domestic renewables, is pleased to appoint David Heath CBE as Independent Chair of MCS Standards.

David brings more than 18 years’ experience as a Member of Parliament, where he served as a successful chair in a variety of government roles, at both national and local level. He was also a member of numerous policy and regulatory boards, including the Privy Council.

He now joins MCS to bring an independent oversight for its Standards maintenance and development and will lead the MCS Approvals Committee, to help protect the integrity of MCS documents.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said: “We are delighted to welcome David on board. He brings a wealth of experience and interest in both regulation and high standards in governance, which will work to support our aim to ensure our processes are adhered to and the impartiality of the scheme is protected.”

“It is clear that MCS and our Standards Management needed to become more agile and responsive to today’s market conditions, to ensure that we are ready to support ambitious plans for the UK’s small-scale renewable energy sector. By making way for a new Approvals Committee led by David, it will adopt a refreshed model to support a new, nimbler MCS.”

David said: “This is a critical and exciting time for low carbon technologies and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping the sector reach its potential. As the UK moves towards its net zero emissions target, it has never been more important to ensure that the public has confidence in manufacturers and installers and know they can rely on them doing a good job. I want to make sure MCS sets Standards for the industry that everyone can trust, now and for the future.”

David has worked extensively across the UK political environment and has a strong passion for leadership and the renewables sector. During his time in Parliament, he worked to bring forward a Fuel Poverty Bill to encourage renewables and installation measures.

His further experience ranges from chair of Police Authority, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Consumer Council for Water, Audit Commission, and was the first parliamentary consultant appointed to the Worldwide Fund for Nature.