Jonathan Wills has been named chief executive of the public-private partnership that supports research into cleantech.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a research institute funded by the UK government and industry, has promoted Jonathan Wills (pictured) to chief executive officer.

Wills succeeds David Clarke, who passed away in early February 2017.

ETI has been equipped with £400m ($490m) in capital to support low carbon energy technologies that can address the country’s energy and climate change targets.

Wills joined ETI in 2011, becoming director of program delivery in 2013. He previously worked for defence and aerospace company BAE Systems for two decades.

Rob Margetts, chairman of ETI, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan has accepted the board’s invitation to serve as the new chief executive of the ETI and that we have been able to appoint such a capable candidate from within.

“This appointment will allow the ETI to continue to deliver its objectives with minimal disruption following the very sad passing of David Clarke who established and led the ETI so successfully from its creation in 2007. Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the role across a range of disciplines gained both within the ETI and from his previous roles.”

Jonathan Wills said: “I am honoured to have been asked to undertake this role, albeit in such sad circumstances.

“David was an outstanding leader of the ETI. David has assembled an outstanding team to deliver evidence based analysis, technology demonstration, and insights, informing and enabling the transition to a low carbon UK energy future.

“My role is to lead the ETI team to continue to deliver a material impact in its remaining time, and to ensure the considerable capability and knowledge developed over the last 10 years is not lost to the UK energy innovation landscape when the ETI finishes operations at the end of 2019.”

– Image courtesy of the Energy Technologies Institute