[Huddersfield 19 December 2017]   Consulting with Purpose Ltd (CWP) today announced that its CEO, Gideon Richards, has handed over the reins of the MCS Service Company Ltd (MCSSCo) to new directors.  The resignation of his roles as shareholder, director and Interim CEO of the MCS Service Company Ltd took effect on 11th December 2017.  Dave Sowden of Ecuity Consulting LLP also relinquishes his shareholding and directorship in the Company at the same time.

Richards has been involved with the MCS since 2006, the year the Scheme was launched by BRE Global at the behest of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – formerly DTI (2006).  He was appointed Chair of the MCS Steering Group in 2009 and then went on to become Interim CEO and director of the MCSSCo around 2012 after being nominated by the MCS Steering Committee and BEIS (formerly DECC).

Richards has overseen the expansion of the MCS – it registered its millionth installation this year – and has played a key role in managing the Scheme through complex situations including a judicial review (in which the MCS was ultimately successful), legal novation and the establishment of the MCS Charitable Trust.

John Holden, BRE Global Business Group Manager for Microgeneration Certification and Current MCS Steering Group Chair today said:

“Since its beginning in 2006 Gideon has worked tirelessly to establish and update the MCS.   His strategic leadership and knowledge of the standards and certification arena have proved exceptionally valuable to the Scheme and will be missed”

Richard Vianello, Deputy Director RHI and Heat in Buildings at DBEIS the Government department with responsibility for the MCS today said:

 “Gideon has been instrumental in the creation of MCS, and, through his hard work and perseverance, has helped develop standards and consumer confidence in the renewable sector.”

Simon Kamstra, an energy partner at sector specialists Addleshaw Goddard, who has worked with Richards over many years said:

“I congratulate Gideon on his long standing and devoted contribution to the industry”

Richards himself had this to say:

“I am grateful to have been involved with the MCS and it is gratifying to see that the stance taken by myself and my colleagues in developing the scheme has helped to increase consumer trust and confidence in the microgeneration sector and has been recognised as delivering a robust and useful framework for other parts of the building services industry.”

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