The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed Jonathan Wills as its new chief executive with it immediate effect.
The appointment follows the death of his predecessor David Clarke in early February.
Wills has worked for the ETI in a variety of roles since 2011, most recently as its programme delivery director. Prior to joining the research body he spent 20 years working for the defence, security and aerospace company BAE systems.
“I am honoured to have been asked to undertake this role, albeit in such sad circumstances,” said Wills. He praised Clarke as an “outstanding leader” who had put together “outstanding team”.
“My role is to lead the ETI team to continue to deliver a material impact in its remaining time, and to ensure the considerable capability and knowledge developed over the last 10 years is not lost to the UK energy innovation landscape when the ETI finishes operations at the end of 2019,” he added.
ETI chairman Rob Margetts said: “This appointment will allow the ETI to continue to deliver its objectives with minimal disruption following the very sad passing of Dr David Clarke who established and led the ETI so successfully from its creation in 2007. Jon brings a wealth of experience to the role across a range of disciplines gained both within the ETI and from his previous roles”.