Nick set up SolarAid in 2006 with £35,000 from Solarcentury, the UK's largest solar company. Since then, he has raised $10m and grown SolarAid into an award-winning social enterprise with 35 people in six countries working on ground-breaking new solar projects for development.

Borge and Fiona of Prospectus, a leading recruitment agency, will be leading the search for Nick's successor. Their email addresses are Fiona.wansborough at and borge.andreassen at Please do contact them if you know of any potential candidates.

Nick said: 'We are looking for world-class individuals with outstanding skills in leadership, international management, scaling up operations in Africa and a proven track record of success. The best candidate will join an organisation with a superb board of trustees and a highly professional and dedicated team of staff and volunteers that are well regarded in the NGO and social enterprise community.'

Nick will continue on a part-time basis providing support for fundraising and development. However, the majority of his time will be spent building an international medical research consortium to find a cure for Alkaptonuria, the first genetic disease ever discovered (in 1901 in London):

Nick said: 'I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at SolarAid. Seeing it grow from a small NGO based in my spare bedroom to an international organisation has been a real adventure. I now need to focus on finding a cure for my two boys.'

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