Opinion

Moving times

Lu

Lu Rahman, looks back at her five years on REI

After five years at the helm of the leading renewables publication, it’s time to pass the mantel on to someone else. It’s been a rewarding and enjoyable time working in this sector and in many ways, I’m sad to leave, especially as I have been involved with the magazine from its birth back in 2008. Fortunately, my new magazine isn’t a million miles away in terms of subject matter so hopefully I’ll be able to meet up with many of you again.

Of all the sectors I have worked in, this one stands out. Its drive, determination and forward-thinking puts it streets ahead of others and the potential for growth and profit is immense. The innovation within the sector, the pioneers and the technological advancements, not to mention the ever-changing legislative challenges with which the market has had to deal, have served to make my stint in REI engaging, stimulating and exciting.

Several moments stand out  – meeting many of you at Ecobuild and learning about the ups and downs you face progressing your businesses in this fantastic market; the REI Business Strategy Conference at the British Museum and unfortunately, the Feed-in Tariff fiasco have all shaped my time on the magazine. It has been a privilege to be party to the insights you have into the sector and the knowledge you have kindly shared over the years.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year and beyond, hopefully the latest RHPP announcement will provide a welcome boost to your business over the coming months and the RHI will be kick-started into action bringing a much-needed boost to profits. In the meantime, it’s onwards and upwards with the Green Deal for many of you. Good luck and keep up the great work!