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New Chair at UEA’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund

Mark Pendlington, Group Director at Anglian Water, has been appointed Chair of the University of East Anglia’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) board.  

LCIF, part of the Adapt Low Carbon Group, has a successful track record of investing in East Anglian companies which develop products and services that reduce carbon emissions by improving energy and resource efficiency. It has invested more than £20 million since its launch in 2010 and has attracted some £49 million from other investors.

Mark, who leads debates around sustainability, innovation, regional growth and development and the impacts of climate change in his role with Anglian Water, will work closely with Adapt CEO Prof John French on the fund’s strategy, as well as with the operational team on expanding its impact with new projects and initiatives.

Prof French said: “We are delighted that Mark has agreed to chair the LCIF board. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts as well as a clear ambition for success that matches our own. He takes over at a time when the fund enters its second phase of investment and will prove a great asset as we create new funds and projects that extend our ability to assist more companies in East Anglia.”

Mark added: “LCIF is at the heart of driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the development of low carbon goods and services. The expert team at UEA, led by John French, works at national and international levels to invest in new ideas and to nurture talent. LCIF is one of the jewels in the crown of our region, contributing to the increasing high reputation of the east of England as an international hub of growth and excellence. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to play a positive role in driving further progress.”

Mark’s 30-year career has spanned a number of sectors, including transport, energy, environment and utilities. He also has extensive experience working in Westminster and Whitehall, as well as with business leaders, local authorities, academics and elected representatives.

Prior to his role with Anglian Water, Mark was Chief Executive of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), sat on the board at BAA Stansted where he led work on the strategic expansion of the business and, until recently, was Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.