Lawrence Slade is to stand down as the chief executive of industry trade body Energy UK at the end of the year.
Slade has spent nine years at the organisation and its predecessor bodies, joining in 2011 before stepping into the hot seat in January 2015.
His tenure at the top of Energy UK has coincided with a significant shake-up of the UK industry as the clean energy transition has promised to transform the power grid into a more decentralised system.
The UK retail market has also changed immeasurably, and Slade said it was now time for him to move on.
“I am immensely proud of the team at Energy UK and of our ability to consistently punch above our weight – from launching the independently-chaired Commission for Customers in Vulnerable Circumstances to work with the government on the Capacity Market, to our thriving New Energy Services and Heat work and not forgetting our recent Future of Energy on how we can deliver the net-zero ambition.
“The organisation is in an excellent position and the association has the team, financial sustainability and support of its Board to navigate this and continue growing as the market transitions on the net-zero path,” he said.
John Hutton, chair at Energy UK, lauded the “outstanding” job Slade had done at the helm of Energy UK.
“He has been a great advocate for the energy sector and has led the organisation through some terribly challenging times. I know we would all want to wish him well for the future and thank him for his tireless efforts on our behalf.”
Energy UK is to kick-off the hunt for a successor shortly.