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Solar Energy UK announces new board

Solar Energy UK has welcomed eight people to its board following the recent election, which saw members choose a 50/50 balance of women and men, for the first time ever. The new Board members represent some of the biggest hitters in the UK solar industry. Their election consolidates Solar Energy UK’s position as the leading industry voice for solar in the UK. The trade association currently has 18 staff and represents 400 members, which is significant growth following its rebranding from the old Solar Trade Association in 2021.

Matt Black, Managing Director at Innovo Renewables and Chair of Solar Energy UK was re-elected. Other Board members elected were Liz MacFarlane Segen, Alex DeSouza Lightsource BP, Adam Swarbrick RWE, Hildegarde McCarville Anesco, Charlotte Healey Statkraft, Gareth Phillips Pinsent Masons, and Richard Cave-Bigley of SSE Renewables.

They join five existing members of the board, whose terms of office will expire at a later date.

Solar Energy UK say that turnout for the election was 42%, around four times the typical figure for trade associations, according to Civica.

Solar Energy UK Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “It is superb to see that our members have elected a board with such a depth and breadth of talent and experience, from distribution through major utilities to planning law. The board is also the first to have a 50/50 balance of men and women, showing how the industry is moving away from a position that has been somewhat male-dominated at the senior level.”

Director of Business Development Stephen Wilding added: “The new board’s diversity is certainly an encouraging signal to the solar and energy storage sector as a whole. I really hope that it demonstrates to the great many women in the industry how their career paths will lead to leadership roles.”

Chair of the SEUK Board Matt Black said: “The unprecedented engagement in this board election process, and the seniority and experience of those elected to the board is testament to the importance the solar industry places on the work that Solar Energy UK is doing to represent its membership. The refreshed membership of the board also comes at a crucial time for the sector, as we look to finalise the work of the Solar Taskforce.”

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