Gaynor Hartnell is stepping down as chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), 12 years after joining the organisation when it was established.
Hartnell, left, will not step down until a new chief executive is appointed and will continue to work thereafter with the REA in a consultancy capacity.
REA chair Martin Wright said: “Gaynor… 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.”
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.”