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REA chief to start in July

Chemist Nina Skorupska will replace long-standing Renewable Energy Association chief executive Gaynor Hartnell.

In March MRW reported Hartnell was stepping down as chief executive of the REA, 12 years after joining the organisation when it was established.

Skorupska, who has worked as a chemist for 25 years in the energy industry, has now been announced as Hartnell’s successor. She has risen up the ranks at RWE to become chief technology officer at Essent NV, a RWE company in the Netherlands. In that post she was responsible for innovation, R&D, renewable energy developments and Essent NV’s generation fleet.

She will join the association on 29 July.

Martin Wright, chair of the REA’s board of directors, said: “We are delighted that Nina is taking up the helm. She has a an impressive background, and a great understanding of not only the complex technical issues relating to energy, and the central importance of renewable energy, but also the challenges facing the industry.”

Skorupska said: “This is a challenging and exciting time for the UK, as it strives to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon economy. Electricity generation needs to become virtually zero carbon by 2030, and renewables will have an increasing role in transport and heating.

“Even though the economic climate makes investors wary, the renewables sector is well-placed to bring us out of recession and create employment with a growth rate of 16% per annum to 2020.” 

Hartnell, who will continue to work with the REA in a consultancy capacity, said: “The REA will be in excellent hands, which is very important to me considering my role in catalysing its formation.”

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