Neil Harrison, Director

Neil Harrison announced as new board member for the Wood Heat Association

re:heat co-founder Neil Harrison has been voted onto the first democratically elected board of directors for the Wood Heat Association (WHA).

He was elected to the role after a vote among the 200 plus members who make up the WHA, the UK trade association for the modern wood heating industry.

Our own Neil Harrison has been voted onto the first democratically elected board of directors for the Wood Heat Association (WHA).

He was elected to the role after a vote among the 200 plus members who make up the WHA, the UK trade association for the modern wood heating industry.

Speaking about his appointment with the association, he said: “It is fantastic to have this opportunity to raise the professional standards and build the reputation of biomass heating as something that is a sound choice for businesses and individuals up and down the country.

“I am very much looking forward to taking up my seat on the board.”

Before co-founding Northumberland-based re:heat in 2011 Neil’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.

He played an instrumental role in the WHA’s establishment, particularly the November 2013 survey which led to its establishment and the 2014 inaugural conference, and chairs the Quality and Standards Working Group.

As an increasingly influential association, the WHA works to raise professional standards in the industry, build the reputation of the technology, and is working with Government to try and ensure there is a robust and well-funded Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme from 2016 through to 2020 and beyond.

The association’s parent organisation, the Renewable Energy Association (REA), was a key player in bringing the RHI scheme into legislation in 2011.