The REA seeks a new Chief Executive

Martin Wright, Chair of the Renewable Energy Association, announces that the Association is seeking a new Chief Executive to take over from Gaynor Hartnell:

"Gaynor has been with the REA since its inception, and is well-known and well-respected throughout the industry. It is with great regret that the Board has accepted her resignation, although we are very pleased that she wants to remain involved in order to explore new ventures and projects. Gaynor became the Chief Executive in February 2010, and over that time the REA has grown in size and stature and moved to prestigious new offices in Victoria.

"The REA has appointed Heidrick & Struggles to assist us find the right candidate and those interested are invited to make contact with Claire Skinner. The brief of the new Chief Executive will be to represent the renewables industry in these economically and politically challenging times, to further develop our talented and enthusiastic staff, to support our members in the delivery of the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets, and to continue to build closer relationships with our fellow trade associations.”

Gaynor Hartnell will not step down until a new Chief Executive is found, and will continue to work with the REA in a consultancy capacity thereafter. Under Gaynor’s leadership to date, the REA has played a key role in shaping the Renewable Heat Incentive, stabilising the Feed-in Tariff following the dramatic expansion of solar PV, ensuring that the parts of Electricity Market Reform impacting on renewables are compatible with the sector’s expansion (which is still work in progress) and kerbing some of the potentially more destabilising changes that could have occurred within the Renewables Obligation. She oversaw the REA’s merger with the Association for Organics Recycling, whose members were increasingly diversifying into anaerobic digestion.

Martin Wright continued:
"The REA is in a very strong position and has a membership of over 1,000 companies. The Board takes tremendous pride not just in the REA's successes, but also in its widely recognised independence and objectivity. The role is both challenging and high-profile, and we are expecting there to be considerable interest.”

Gaynor Hartnell said:
"I have been with the REA since its formation in 2001. This was preceded by six years working in various trade associations, over which time I was striving to bring about a unified voice for the industry. That makes a total of almost 18 years in a similar setting and I now want to explore other opportunities. I will continue to lead the Association until a replacement is found, and thereafter I am pleased to be staying involved on a consultancy basis.”

For more information, please contact:

Martin Wright
Chair, REA
+44 (0)7785 340 671
Gaynor Hartnell
Chief Executive, REA
+44 (0)7870 629 575
Claire Skinner
Global Sector Lead, Partner: Energy, Infrastructure & Sustainability, Heidrick & Struggles (UK) Limited
+44 (0)20 7075 4014
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