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Ian Rippin appointed as first CEO for MCSSCo

The Board of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme Service Company (MCSSCo) has appointed Ian Rippin as its very first Chief Executive.

MCSSCo manages the Microgeneration Certification Scheme which has certified over a million installations since it was launched in 2007 and has nearly 2,000 installers currently registered. The scheme has played an important part in the growth of the installation of renewables in homes and small businesses.

Ian will join MCSSCo next month (October 1, 2018) and brings a wealth of experience of leading and transforming technical and professional service organisations.

Ian began his career with British Telecom (BT) as a graduate recruit. Over 14 years he held various roles, culminating in the management of BT’s offshore operations based in India.

Ian then moved to Premier Farnell, with responsibility for new market, product and service development across Europe and Asia, before joining the UK’s environmental regulator, the Environment Agency. As General Manager of a network of environmental testing laboratories, Ian developed commercial income and the associated business culture, offsetting a decline in public funding for the scientific service.

In 2014, Ian became Managing Director at the Certification Body CSA Group; the company’s UK business, Sira, delivers industrial product testing, inspections and certification solutions to a wide range of equipment manufacturers.

Ian’s most recent role is as Managing Director of St Helens and Knowsley College Group, supporting the group’s commercial ambitions to become a leading provider of commercial training services and apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.

Tim Lunel, Chair of the MCSSCo Board, said: ‘We are very pleased to have appointed someone of Ian Rippin’s calibre and experience as our very first Chief Executive.’

‘Ian’s impressive track record in leadership in the certification sector and his commercial acumen will be great assets as we look to achieve our ambitions for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.’

‘Novation this year has enabled us to make real progress in a number of areas, including our aims to strengthen compliance and enforcement and to build consumer confidence in microgeneration technology while enabling industry to thrive. It is a key stage in our evolution and we look forward to Ian leading us to further success for this crucial technology of the future.’

Ian Rippin said: ‘I am delighted to be joining MCSSCo as its first Chief Executive at an exciting time in the company’s development post novation which established MCS as independent of government. My aspiration is to build a successful, standalone company that remains industry led with a strong consumer focus to help shape the future landscape of the UK’s small scale renewable electricity and heat products market.’

‘In a post subsidy world, MCS has an even greater role in providing consumers with the assurance that their investment will deliver long term benefits, both financially in future-proofing their energy costs from the current increases but also in playing their part in reducing carbon emissions to benefit future generations.’