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Chris Yates announced as new FETA CEO with Russell Beattie stepping down

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced that the new FETA chief executive will be Chris Yates. This decision follows a rigorous and thorough selection process involving representation from across the Federation’s associations. Mr Yates will take over in early September from Russell Beattie, who had delayed his original departure date due to the COVID situation.

Chris Yates has worked in the low carbon and renewable heating and ventilation sector since 1998 and has gained extensive experience running manufacturing/distribution companies and working for the Energy Utilities Alliance.

He has either been a member of, or chaired, a variety of government/industry bodies representing low carbon fuels, gas installation and appliances, both in the UK and Europe. He has also been a steering group member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and chaired the Installer subgroup. Recently, Mr Yates has been running the CORGI brand licensing business, which has a number of partnerships, as well as being a non-executive director of the National Home Improvement Council. He has also been a non-executive director of the Gas Industry Safety Group and chair of OFTEC.

Russell Beattie has occupied the FETA CEO role since 2014. He previously worked for the John Smith Memorial Trust and served in the Armed Forces. He said: “It has been a privilege to be the FETA chief executive for the past seven years during a time when we have seen some landmark developments in our industry and their effect on our environment. I would like to thank all the members for their support and to welcome Chris and wish him all the best in taking on this role.”

On his appointment Mr Yates commented: “I am delighted to be succeeding Russell as Chief Executive of FETA. I am very much looking forward to working with the FETA membership and the wider industry as the UK transitions towards Net Zero Carbon.”

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