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Susan Davy

CFO - Pennon

Susan joined the Board on 1 February 2015. She is a member of the Sustainability Committee and the Pennon Executive. Susan is a graduate qualified chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the utility sector. Prior to her current appointment read more

Chris Lovatt

Managing director – residential - Eon

Chris joined E.ON in 2009 as Supply Chain Director, and later as Director of Field Operations, before being appointed to his current role as Managing Director of Residential in January 2017. Before joining E.ON, Chris worked in major operational, commercial and read more

Greg Jackson

Chief executive - Octopus Energy

As a technology entrepreneur, Greg built and sold ecommerce company C360, built HomeServe’s innovation business and is an angel investor in a wide range of tech start-ups. He founded Octopus Energy in 2015. Octopus Energy uses technology to be highly efficient read more

Paul Stapleton

Managing director - NIE Networks

Paul was appointed to the Board in May 2018.  He is a director of Energy Networks Association Ltd and a committee member of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland. He joined ESB in 1991 where he held a number of read more

Lucy Darch

Chief executive - Wave

Lucy is an experienced business leader with considerable knowledge of new entrant start-ups, business development and digital delivery. With over 24 years in the utilities sector, she has held various senior sales and marketing leadership roles across gas, electricity and water read more

Mel Karam

Chief executive - Bristol Water

Mel Karam is the chief executive officer at Bristol Water. He joined the company in April 2017 from KPMG Global Infrastructure team where he was a partner and global head of asset management. Mel has a long history of working read more

Jo Dow

Chief executive - Business Stream

Jo Dow was appointed chief executive of Business Stream in October 2014. Having started her career in private practice as a qualified accountant, Jo joined Scottish and Southern Energy in 1998. Following her move to Scottish Water in 2002, Jo was read more

Michael Lewis

Chief executive - Eon UK

Michael Lewis is chief executive officer of E.ON UK plc. He has worked in the energy industry for almost twenty-five years in businesses operating across Europe and North America. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and an MSc in read more

Jenny Harrison

Finance director - UKPN

Prior to joining the company in January 2017 Jenny spent 4 years at BT Group as the Director of External Reporting – a highlight was leading the financial reporting elements of BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE and publishing the group’s read more

Julian Critchlow

Director general, energy transformation and clean growth - BEIS

Julian Critchlow is Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Julian was a Director at Bain & Company, strategy consultants, based in their London office. He led Bain’s Global Utilities & read more

Richard Ploszek

Head of the utilities - Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Richard joined IUK, one of the precursors to IPA in 2013 and joined the IPA Delivery Team in 2016 providing commercial and engineering support on housing and regeneration projects. He has been heavily involved in the setting up of the read more

Rachel Fletcher

Chief executive - Ofwat

Rachel joined Ofwat as Chief Executive in January 2018. She aims to improve the performance, affordability, sustainability, resilience and corporate behaviours of the water sector and to position the sector to address the strategic challenges associated with climate change and population read more

Dermot Nolan

Chief executive - Ofgem

Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in read more

Zoe Harris

CEO - WeFlip

Zoe joined GoCompare in September 2018 and has been tasked with spearheading the fast growth of automated energy-switching brand WeFlip - part of the GoCompare Group. The brand has big ambitions for the next 12 months and Zoe is leading a read more

Ian Cameron

Head of innovation - UK Power Networks

Ian Cameron has over 20 years’ international experience in the electricity distribution networks industry. His background is in network operation and construction, with a specific focus on renewable energy and system optimisation, this focus is supported through his electrical and read more

Ben Newby

Chief customer officer - Bristol Water

Ben is the chief customer officer and IT director and a member of the executive team at Bristol Water. Ben has worked for Bristol Water for the past 5 years and before being appointed to his current position in 2015 read more

Kate Jones

Director of networks, West Midlands - Cadent

Dr. Kate Jones is the Director of the West Midlands Network for Cadent, a newly formed role designed to bring focus back to the communities that Cadent serve. Having led the Technology separation of Cadent from National Grid in 2016 read more

Tony Ballance

Director of strategy and regulation - Severn Trent Water

Dr. Tony Ballance is Director of Strategy & Regulation at Severn Trent.  Tony is responsible for the development of Severn Trent Plc’s group strategy and plan; all aspects of economic regulation; and the company’s communications functions.  Tony served on the read more

Sarah Mcmath

Chief executive - MOSL

Sarah has worked for Thames Water since 1994, initially in the innovation team where she gained a doctorate in Environmental Engineering while working as a research scientist. During the past 20 years, Sarah has held a range of roles, leading read more

Bethan Winter

Systems operations manager - Wales & West Utilities

Bethan has nearly 20 years’ experience in the gas industry having joined Transco in 1997. She joined Wales and West Utilities (WWU) in 2009 when control centre activities moved across from National Grid after network sales and now heads up read more

Jacob Tompkins

CTO - The Water Retail Company

Jacob Tompkins is the co-founder and CTO of The Water Retail Company an independent new entrant retailer in the water market. Jacob trained as a civil engineer with degrees from UCL and Imperial. He worked as an academic researcher, the water lead read more

Yiango Mavrocostanti

Innovation and low carbon networks engineer - Western Power Distribution

Yiango Mavrocostanti is an Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer at Western Power Distribution. Following her interests in sustainable energy networks and low carbon technologies, Yiango has been working on WPD innovation projects since 2012, while studying Electrical and Electronic read more

Dan Hopkinson

Director of data and transformation - Electralink

Dan joined ElectraLink in March 2016 to focus on the development of the Data Transfer Network (DTN) and associated data services. Recently Dan has been concentrating on the development of the Energy Market Data Hub (EMDH) through the creation of read more

Clare Duffy

Head of network development and electrification - ESB

Clare Duffy is UK General Manager for ESB and is a chartered engineer with almost 20 years’ experience working in the power industry. ESB is a leading independent generator in the GB market as well as a generator, supplier and read more

Minal Patel

Partner - Greencoat Capital

Minal joined Greencoat Capital in January 2019 and, together with James Samworth, manages the bioenergy division. She has 12 years renewable energy investment experience of which 6 are in bioenergy. Prior to joining Greencoat Capital, Minal led the bioenergy team at read more

Sam Williams

Director and co-founder - Economic Insight

Sam Williams is a director and co-founder of Economic Insight, a leading economics consultancy firm. Sam specialises in providing regulatory and competition law advice across a wide range of industries, including water, airports, telecoms and energy. He is widely known read more

Paul Linnane

Energy market insights lead - Electralink

Paul Linnane is Head of EMI (Energy Market Insights) within ElectraLink’s Data and Transformation division.  Joining ElectraLink in June 2018, Paul brings 18 years’ experience working in the Utilities industry in the UK and USA, primarily within roles that involved read more

Dr Max Wigley

Head of cyber consulting - Leonardo

Dr Max Wigley is Head of Cyber Consulting in Leonardo’s Cyber Security Division and is Leonardo’s NCSC Certified Head Consultant, delivering security assured capability and services to customers across a range of security classifications and environments to enhance resilience.  Recently read more

Thomas Jennings

Head of optimisation - Kiwi Power

Thomas is a highly knowledgeable energy professional who has worked across multiple fields in energy, from trading energy to providing energy consultancy services to construction, industrial, commercial and technology companies.  Thomas heads KiWi Power’s Optimisation team, offering a complete solution read more

Jenny Pyper

Chief executive - Utility Regulator

Jenny Pyper joined the Utility Regulator as Chief Executive on 1 November 2013. Jenny is a BSc Honours graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast who joined the NI Civil Service in 1985.  She was appointed to the senior civil service in read more

Clive Bairsto CBE

Chief executive - Street Works UK

Clive assumed the role at Streetworks UK in April 2018 with a background rooted in utilities, defence, security, and education leadership. From 2012 to 2017, Clive was Global Head of Resilience at National Grid, and running up to this was read more

Matt Cole

Head of customer vulnerability - Npower

Matthew heads up npower's domestic policy and social energy unit, and is responsible for both the corporate response to evolving public policy, and also the definition and commissioning of services to support their most vulnerable customers. Over the last two read more

Jonathan Murray

Policy and operations director - LowCVP

Jonathan is the Policy and Operations Direct of LowCVP and has responsibility for formulating the policy objectives of the Partnership, in conjunction with government departments and members, ensuring the work programme reflects those policy objectives and disseminating the outputs of read more

Suzanne Heneghan

Print editor - Utility Week

Suzanne is Acting Editor at Utility Week, overseeing its daily news, features and campaign coverage online and in print, and developing the content and digital agenda for core Utility Week issues. A former UK regional newspaper editor, Suzanne has more read more

Jane Gray

Content director - Utility Week

Jane joined Utility Week in 2014 and has reported on developments in both the energy and water sectors at a critical time in their development. As content director, she is responsible for ensuring all Utility Week’s content is of the read more

Iain McGuffog

Director of strategy & regulation - Bristol Water

Edel Creery

Head of communications & stakeholder engagement - NIE Networks

Chris Barlow

Innovation director - Smart DCC

Andy Hodson

Assistant treasurer - Anglian Water

Sophie Broadfield

Director of water services - Defra

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