Mr Rickett, C.B. was Director General, Energy in the Department of Energy & Climate Change and chairman of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency until October 2009.
He had previously been a Director General in the Department for Transport and in the Cabinet Office. He started his civil service career in the Department of Energy in 1975 and, among other things, led the team privatising the electricity industry from 1987 to 1990. He was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1981 to 1983 and also spent two periods on secondment to the private sector. He is now Chairman of Cambridge Economic Policy Associates Ltd and a director of Greencoat UK Wind plc and Smart DCC Ltd.