Trade body RenewableUK has appointed Hugh McNeal as its new Chief Executive.
Mr McNeal, who is currently Director of Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will start the new role from April.
He has also worked as Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment at DECC and Deputy Director of Low Carbon Business at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Mr McNeal will take over the job from Maria McCaffery who has headed the organisation since June 2006.
He said: “It will be a privilege to represent an industry which is playing such a vital role in providing safe, secure power for our country’s homes and businesses as well as tens of thousands of high quality jobs across the UK.”