STA leadership changes continue with new Scotland team

Changes at the top of the Solar Trade Association have continued with the appointment of two new chairs at its Scotland office.

Having chaired STA Scotland since its formation in 2015, John Forster has elected to step down from his position as chairman.

He is to be replaced by Emtec Energy’s Chris Clark. Meanwhile Savills Energy director Thomas McMillan has been named as STA Scotland’s vice-chair in a newly created role.

Clark has around six years of experience in the UK’s power market having founded Emtec’s energy division in 2011.

McMillan has more than 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy consultancy sector.

Clark said he was excited to step into the chair’s seat and immediately set his agenda for the country’s solar industry.

“The proactive and productive working group is full of highly committed individuals so my intention is to draw on their wider skill sets and lobby hard for solar. 

“One of my main objectives will be to try and ensure every new building in Scotland, both domestic and non-domestic has as much solar installed on the roof as is possible,” he said.

The organisation will also be aiming to capitalise on the revision of Scottish Building Standards which could lead to a greater opportunities for solar deployment, the association said.

Clark lauded Forster’s contribution to the organisation, stating that STA Scotland “wouldn’t have come to exist without John’s dedication and expertise”.

Forster is to remain on the STA board, and he said he was proud of what STA Scotland had achieved within its first three years.

“I am now delighted to be handing over the leadership of STA Scotland to the new chair Chris Clark and vice-chair Thomas McMillan.

“As key contributing members to the success story that is STA Scotland, they have both proved that they are committed and powerful advocates for this dynamic solar industry, and will ensure the bright future that the industry and Scotland as a whole deserves,” Forster added.