Volker Beckers graduated from Cologne University in Economics/Business Administration. With more than 25 years’ senior experience within the energy industry, he has a comprehensive knowledge of European energy markets. His professional expertise spans across all sectors – private, public and academia.

Volker was Group CEO, RWE Npower plc until the end of 2012 and prior to this, its Group CFO from 2003 to 2009. He has worked in a variety of trade and industry bodies, including the CBI President’s Committee, on the Board of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, and since 1999 as Deputy Chair of the Executive Commercial Management Committee at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) and was also member of the Executive Committee of UKBCSE (now Energy UK). He held a number of non-executive directorships including HM Revenue & Customs where he chaired the Scrutiny Committee. Since 2009 he chairs the Business Energy Forum at Energy UK.

Volker’s current activities include:

  • Non-Executive Chairman, The Chemistry Group Ltd.
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Open Utility/Piclo Ltd.
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Cornwall Insight Ltd.
  • Chairman of PwC UK Advisory Council
  • Non-executive Director, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority at HMG Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Albion Community Power
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Reactive Technologies Ltd.
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Foresight Metering (now Horizon Energy Infrastructure) Ltd.
  • Director and Honorary VP, British Institute of Energy Economics
  • Honorary VP, Energy and Utility Forum
  • Non-executive Director, Elexon Ltd (until 03/2019)
  • Vice-Chairman Member of the Board of Directors, Danske Commodities A/S (until 02/2019)

Volker currently sits on the Advisory Board of the EU Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College and is Chair of the Advisory Board with Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB), a specialist research centre at Rotterdam School of Management. He was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Group of ewi – the Energy Institute of the University of Cologne in 2019. 

In 2014 he joined the Board of Trustees of Forum for the Future. He is also a member of The Worshipful Company of Fuellers and a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI). Further, he works for a couple of charity organisations and funds his own family trust supporting charitable initiatives (German Heart Foundation etc).

Latest thinking

Low carbon generation

Through the dark: Transformation for community energy

Community energy generation in Ireland is currently at a nascent stage, but developments in 2019 could see it become a major player in energy generation. Most community energy funding is spent on energy efficiency rather than energy generation. Our research indicates that there is as little as 6MW of community-owned...

Home supply and services

Preparing for a consumer-centred energy future – Volker Beckers

Cornwall Insight’s Non-Executive Chair Volker Beckers outlined a vision for the energy industry’s future in the keynote speech at the 12th British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) annual research conference, “Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System”. Beckers began the speech by drawing the contrast between the potential for...