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Chris Hewett has been appointed CEO of UK solar body, the Solar Trade Association (STA) © istock

30 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the UK solar body, the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Hewett, who has been leading on policy for the STA since June, brings 25 years’ of experience having previously headed up the Environment Agency’s climate change team. 

He has previously also worked for Green Alliance, IPPR and the Finance Innovation Lab at senior level.

Chris Hewett said: “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.

“The solar industry is bursting with people and companies who are passionate about what they do and who remain utterly committed, despite current challenges.”

Hewett will begin his new role at the beginning of January.  In the meantime, he will continue to work alongside current CEO Paul Barwell, who will help the transition with the executive and the Board and will leave at the end of January.

STA Chair Jonathan Selwyn added: “Chris brings tremendous experience and skills to the Association at this critical juncture. Solar is poised to play a lead role at the heart of the UK’s smart energy transformation, but making the economics of solar work today depends on pursuing every opportunity to boost markets, including securing effective regulatory change.”


Leonie Greene has been promoted to a director role in the organisation. She will be working closely with Hewett and the Board to further develop the STA’s future strategy and continue to lead on parliamentary and external affairs.


The STA will be reviewing its strategic plan early in the New Year and members will be invited to contribute to this at the AGM in Spring.