Newey will start as head of policy in September, along with IPPR’s senior energy research fellow Reg Platt, who will take on the role of partnerships manager for community energy.
Rob Jeffery will also join as public affairs lead at the beginning of August from the energy public affairs practice at Edelman.
Jeffery used to work under Jessica Lennard, who moved from Edelman earlier this month to take up the role of head of corporate affairs. Lennard is now growing Ovo’s external affairs capabilities as the company seeks to offer an alternative to the 'Big Six' energy suppliers.
She said there were more roles to be filled, including a media relations position handling the day-to-day news cycle, and a corporate communications role.