A Northumberland biomass entrepreneur has joined the board of his industry’s largest trade association.
Neil Harrison, a co-founder of Alnwick-based re:heat, was elected to the board of directors at the Wood Heat Association (WHA).
The move follows Mr Harrison’s previous involvement in the body which works to raise standards in the industry and ensure a robust and well-funded Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
The association’s parent organisation, the Renewable Energy Association (REA), was a key player in bringing the RHI scheme into legislation in 2011.
Mr Harrison was elected to the role after a vote among the 200 plus members who make up the WHA.
He said: “It is fantastic to have this opportunity to continue to raise the professional standards and build the reputation of biomass heating as something that is a sound choice for businesses and households up and down the country.
“Having already assisted in the formation of the WHA, particularly the November 2013 establishment survey and the 2014 conference, I am very much looking forward to taking up my seat on the board and working to improve standards in our industry.”
Before co-founding re:heat in 2011 with Ben Tansey Mr Harrison’s decade-long career in the field of biomass led him to the role of senior biomass consultant with the Scottish Agricultural College.
There he worked on commissions ranging from boiler system design and procurement support for farms and estates, to research and advisory contracts for the Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park.