Gaynor Hartnell to step down as Renewable Energy Association chief executive


The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is seeking a new chief executive after Gaynor Hartnell decided to resign from the role.

She will not be leaving until a new chief executive is appointed, but wants to seek out new opportunities.


REA chair Martin Wright said: “Gaynor has been with the REA since its inception, and 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. Gaynor became chief executive in February 2010, and over that time the REA has grown in size and stature and moved to prestigious new offices in Victoria.”

Gaynor Hartnell added: “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.”

The REA has appointed Heidrick & Struggles to help it find a new chief executive.