Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes

Associate director

Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships and impact, raising our profile as a key national voice in decarbonising our energy system.  Rachel spent 2021 on secondment in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working on COP26.

Rachel leads our networks, as well as the organisation’s policy, events and communications.  Harnessing insight from our members and key stakeholders, including Regen members focussed across the whole system and the Electricity Storage Network.  Providing key forums that address the latest issues for the sector, helping us to be a strong, informed and independent force for change. Rachel is a director of the Electricity Storage Network and is also the driving force behind some of the leading clean energy events.

As a working mum, Rachel is a passionate advocate of diversity and she founded a thriving national Women in Renewables network, ReWiRE, to ensure the sector is at the forefront of harnessing talent and received a British Empire Medal in 2017 for her services to the energy sector, in particular, her work supporting the development of women in the sector.

Rachel specialises in stakeholder engagement and has led significant engagement programmes with network companies and the ENA.  In her role as a director of Community Energy England Rachel has helped develop the organisation from startup to a powerful voice for the community energy sector.

Previously Rachel worked for the Tour of Britain and was part of an agency working with clients such as Nokia and Vodafone.  Rachel graduated from the University of Plymouth.

rhayes@regen.co.uk 07974 097470

Blog posts by Rachel

Reflections on COP26

Climate change brought to life at COP26 with over 200 events in Glasgow

Regen responds to the IPCC report

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