FleishmanHillard today welcomes Matt Hinde’s return to Brussels as head of its Energy Practice. Hinde, former head of European strategy for U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change, offers a wealth of experience in EU energy issues from his time in the UK civil service.
“With the Energy Union approaching its first anniversary and many of its key legislative files starting, there’s never been a more important time for energy companies to engage with Brussels. I am looking forward to helping them navigate this changing policy environment at a time of business disruption for many industry players,” said Hinde.
Matt will provide public affairs consultancy to a broad range of energy clients. In his role he will lead FleishmanHillard Brussels’ dedicated Energy Practice of ten full-time consultants and will oversee a client base that ranges from oil and gas majors to utilities and renewables. He will work closely with Robert Anger, head of the Manufacturing and Industrials Practice, on the impact of energy policy on energy users in sectors such as chemicals and transportation.
“I am excited to join Brussels’ largest and most talented team of consultants focused squarely on the needs of energy sector in Brussels and across Europe. With so much happening on energy policy we have a team ready to meet the needs of both current and future clients in the sector.”
Until recently, Matt served as the head of European strategy at the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change in London, where he was instrumental in key EU energy policy dossiers, including the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework and the Energy Union.
Matt served for four years as first secretary of energy and atomic questions in the U.K. permanent representation to the EU in Brussels, where he led the U.K.’s efforts on the Offshore Drilling Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive. Hinde has also served in the Cabinet Office, the FCO in the Middle East and the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry.