DONG Energy UK’s country chairman Brent Cheshire will retire in June after 13 years with the company.

Cheshire was DONG Energy’s first UK employee in 2004 – now the company has 850 staff.

DONG said that under Cheshire’s leadership its UK arm has invested around £6bn in Britain “and is the UK market leader in offshore wind”.
Brent Cheshire 

Cheshire will be succeeded by Matthew Wright, who is currently chief executive of Southern Water.

Cheshire said: “It’s been a great honour and privilege to lead DONG Energy’s UK business for 13 amazing years. Having started up the UK operation back in 2004, I’ve seen incredible growth and change, and I’m immensely proud of where the business is standing today.”

He said his career started in oil and gas with Amerada Hess Corporation and Shell and he added: “So to end up retiring from the UK’s leading offshore wind business has been quite a transformation for me personally.”

DONG Energy chief executive Henrik Poulsen said Cheshire had played “an absolutely fundamental role in the significant growth and success of our UK business”.

“This is an exciting time for our UK operation with four new offshore wind farms under construction and our first-ever REnescience bioenergy plant set to open later this year as well.”

As well as Southern Water, Matthew Wright has worked for United Utilities and Scottish Power.