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3sun Group Appoints Chairman

3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has appointed Les Dawson OBE as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Operating in the oil and gas and wind sectors both onshore and offshore, 3sun Group is an established supplier of control panels for offshore oil and gas subsea and platform applications, as well as the installation, inspection and maintenance of wind turbines. Mr Dawson’s role as chairman will underpin the company’s growth plans and commitment to delivering a high-quality, fully-integrated service from launch to completion.

Mr Dawson’s career spans 40 years and includes a variety of high profile positions in the utilities industry. He has earned a number of professional qualifications and honours including an OBE awarded in 2008 for services to the energy and water industry, an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Brighton and president of the Pipelines Industries Guild until 2013. Mr Dawson started his career with British Gas as a graduate trainee, and over 20 years progressed to become responsible for the UK’s Distribution network for Transco, now the National Grid. He was also President of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers in 2001.

Graham Hacon, CEO of 3sun Group, said: “Les’ depth of knowledge and experience, not only of the utilities sector but also in the leadership and strategic delivery of projects, will be invaluable to the company going forward. We have a number of long-term objectives and growth targets and I am confident that Les and his fellow board members will play a tactical part in leading this expansion.”

Prior to joining 3sun Group, Mr Dawson held a number of executive and non-executive board positions. For five years he was chief executive at Southern Water, one of the UK’s leading water utility businesses, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the business.

More recently, Mr Dawson is also as chairman with J. Murphy and Sons, The UK and International Construction Company.

Mr Dawson commented: “3sun Group is recognised in the industry as a dynamic and innovative company. Its growth in the last six years is impressive and I look forward to joining the board to share my experience and leadership skills to help deliver the best possible products and services to its clients.”

3sun Group was recently awarded a £10m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) to drive continued business growth in the UK, and aid its expansion in Europe.

3sun Group comprises 3sun, a supplier of instrument and control products and services; 3sun Inspection which offers a full range of equipment inspection and testing services in the energy sector; Dawson Energy, an industry leader in delivering installation and maintenance services for off and onshore wind turbines, 3sun Academy, a specialist provider of technical and vocational training across the UK and Europe, and RRC Controls Services, an established manufacturer of subsea control systems for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Since the company was established seven years ago, it has grown from an initial team of one to now employing 240 people and 31 apprentices. Headquartered in Great Yarmouth, England, it has a base in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and has seen recent expansion internationally following the creation of bases in Lubeck, Germany; Bergen, Norway and Esbjerg, Denmark. It is also currently looking at other UK and overseas locations.