Sustainable Energy Association of Australia to seek new CEO

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) will commence a job search for a new Chief Executive following the decision of existing CEO Professor Ray Wills to accept a new role.

The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) will commence a job search for a new Chief Executive following the decision of existing CEO Professor Ray Wills to accept a new role.

‘It is with regret that I announce that Ray Wills has resigned from the role of SEA Chief Executive Officer, finishing on the first day of June,' says SEA Chair Greg Denton.

‘The good news is Ray is not going far – Ray has accepted an invitation from the Board to be co-opted as a SEA Board member.'

‘The Board looks forward to Ray's continuing contribution to support and grow our Association.'

‘Ray's energy and enthusiasm for sustainable energy is infectious, and will continue with him providing representation on behalf of SEA as a Board member.'

‘Ray has also agreed to continue as SEA's media spokesperson and to provide other external representation on behalf of SEA for as long as needed in the transition to a new CEO.'

Professor Wills is to become a Partner in the SEA Corporate Member business, highly regarded government relations advisory firm Smith&Duda Consulting.

‘I'm pleased to be able to contribute significantly to SEA while taking up my new role as a Partner at Smith&Duda providing specialist government and business relations advice to clients – with my position having the flexibility to work with and provide pro-bono advice back to SEA,' says Prof Wills.

‘The Board is delighted that these changes can be effected, with the support of Smith&Duda, in such a way that members will continue to benefit from Ray's tireless and passionate advocacy, his incredibly strong relationships with decision-makers, and his encyclopaedic understanding of the sector and all the players in it,' says Mr Denton.


‘The SEA Board will today initiate a competitive recruitment process and seek candidates for the CEO role. With a new CEO, the SEA Board aim to continue to strengthen the role SEA play in supporting the interests of our Members, and advancing Australia towards a more sustainable future,' says Mr Denton.

‘We expect strong interest in the CEO's position from across Australia.'

1. The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) is a chamber for all enterprises from all industries supporting sustainable energy.
2. Current Members of the 2011/12 SEA Board are:
· Greg Denton, Director of Infrastructure and Environment Australia / New Zealand, WorleyParsons (SEA Chair)
· Sean Webb, Business Manager and Board member of the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence, The University of Western Australia. (SEA Deputy Chair)
· Kelli Friar, Manager, Strategy Implementation & Integration, Horizon Power
· Peter Ferguson, Oceania Sustainability Tax and Incentives Leader and Regional Cleantech Leader, Ernst & Young
· Glen Head, Principal, Your Powerhouse
· Hon Alannah MacTiernan
· Harry Porrins, Principal, Red Cat Marketing
· Durmus Yildiz, SolarMatrix Pty Ltd
Profiles of SEA Board members are available at

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