Currently STA’s Policy Manager, Chris Hewett brings 25 years of experience in advocacy, policy research, and campaigning on sustainability, energy and environmental issues to his new role as the association's CEO starting in January. (Photo Credit: Solar Trade Association)
- STA’s current head of policy, Chris Hewett has been announced as the new chief executive of the UK’s solar lobby group
- He will start his new position as of January 2018
- Head of External Affairs Leonie Greene has been promoted to a director role
UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA) has announced Chris Hewett will take over the helm of the association from January 2018. Hewett is currently the policy manager for STA.
“As we move away from a subsidised market, our role at the STA will be to showcase the brilliance of the solar and storage industries, to identify and promote effective new business models, to safeguard quality, and to secure a level playing field in terms of policy and market frameworks,” said Hewett.
Hewett was heading the Environment Agency’s Climate Change team earlier and has also worked in senior positions at the Green Alliance, IPPR and the Finance Innovation Lab.
The current Chief Executive of STA, Paul Barwell announced his decision to leave the organization in September this year.
In another reshuffle, Leonie Greene, STA’s Head of External Affairs, will be promoted to a director role in the organization. In her new role, she will work closely with Hewett and the board to develop STA’s forward strategy at a time the UK solar market and its industry is in a big turmoil with demand dramatically shrinking after the incentive programs were axed by the government.