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Graham Wright to assume Heat Pump Association presidency

Mike Nankivell has announced he will be stepping down as the current president of the industry body at the end of the year

Graham Wright of Daikin UK will take over the presidency of the Heat Pump Association (HPA) next year. The position will see him helping to play up the role that the technology can play as part of a national low carbon heating strategy.

Mr Wright will assume the presidency from Mike Nankivell, who announced he will be stepping down from the position at the end of the year.

Mr Nankivell, who has been actively involved with the work of the Heat Pump Association since its founding in 1995, said he had opted to step down as president after five years.

He added, “We have made very good progress in recent years on our members’ behalf. Much of this was consolidating and developing the excellent work of my predecessor, Tony Bowen.”

“We have been very active in influencing government policy, particularly in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Heating and Clean Growth Strategies. We have established the HPA as a major player within MCS, the Each Home Counts initiative and we were also one of the first trade associations to endorse the European Heat Pump Association’s ‘decarbonising buildings’ initiative.”

Mr Nankivell said Mr Wright’s experience of heat pump technologies, industry standards and current legislation made him a strong candidate for the presidency of the organisation.

He said, “The heat pump sector is entering a new period of challenges, with changes in the refrigerants landscape, government policies related to global environmental issues, national technology subsidies, Building Regulations and of course Brexit.”

Mr Wright praised the outgoing president for his work over the last decade with the association.

He said, “[Mr Nankivell] has presided over a period during which heat pumps have really staked their claim in forming a significant part of an environmentally friendly future for the building industry. I am very happy to be taking on the role of president of the HPA, and I look forward to building on Mike’s endeavours in 2019 and beyond.”

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