Simon Hamlyn has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the British Hydropower Association (BHA), taking over from David Williams, who is retiring after eight years in the position on 22 January 2014.

Hamlyn will be joining the BHA from his position as the northern regional director of the Countryside Alliance.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Executive for the BHA. I’m looking forward to the job and in particular working with the BHA Board, members, sponsors, and all those involved in or connected with hydropower – in the UK and overseas," said Hamlyn.

“David Williams has left the BHA in a very strong position as a membership organisation that is effective and well respected throughout the sector."

Williams, who will remain as Acting CEO until Simon takes over, added: "I am delighted to welcome Simon to the Association. I am sure that the BHA members and the UK hydropower industry will give Simon and the BHA team as much support as I have enjoyed over the last eight years."

Hamlyn said his ambition now is to continue growing the organisation, to ensure that members’ best interests are effectively represented, and to look at ways the BHA can spread its influence into other areas such as education.