The Clean Energy Council Board has appointed Rachel Watson as the organisation’s new Chair, who brings more than a decade of industry leadership and experience with Pacific Hydro to the role at a time of great momentum for the sector.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said with the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) driving many new projects in 2017, it was an ideal time for a new Chair to step into the role.

“As the new year gets underway it is a time of exciting opportunity, with many projects beginning construction and many more expected to follow in the near future as the industry gears up to meet the RET,” Mr Thornton said.

“I am looking forward to working with Rachel on many initiatives which will help to make the renewable energy industry’s peak body even stronger, and build our reputation into the future.

“Rachel has been an active director of the Clean Energy Council Board for several years and I am confident that she will bring strong leadership to the role.

“And with the Board’s focus on gender diversity, it is fantastic that Rachel will be our first female Chair,” he said.

Mr Thornton also welcomed new Clean Energy Council Directors Megan Wheatley from Senvion and Jenny Paradiso from Suntrix to the Board. They both have extensive experience and unlimited enthusiasm for the growth of the sector, he said.

“I would like to honour our outgoing Chair Miles George from Infigen Energy, a passionate and fearless advocate for our industry who I have worked closely with during some of the industry’s toughest periods in recent years.

“It is hard to imagine anyone providing better industry stewardship than what Miles has delivered while Chair of the Clean Energy Council. We all owe him a great debt and look forward to him continuing to advocate for the industry in other capacities.

“I also want to thank outgoing Director Chris Judd, who has devoted years of service to the organisation and will be missed.”

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