Professor John Loughhead OBE

Job Title: Chief scientific advisor

Company: BEIS

Professor Loughhead is chief scientific adviser and director general at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Prior to this he was chief scientific adviser at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Before joining DECC, John was executive director at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Prior to that, he was… Read more.

David Gray

Job Title: Chairman

Company: Ofgem

David Gray is chairman of the UK Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA). He was appointed to this role in October 2013 and was previously an executive director of Ofgem from 2003 – 2007 in charge of the networks division. He is also a non-executive director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. In 2008, he… Read more.

Jonson Cox

Job Title: Chairman

Company: Ofwat

Jonson was first appointed as non-executive chairman of Ofwat in September 2012 and reappointed at the end of last year until October 2020. He was drafted in at a time of difficult relationships between regulator and regulated companies and has led the renewal of the board, management and strategy. Jonson has a long history in… Read more.

Liv Garfield

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Severn Trent Water

Liv took up the reins as chief executive of Severn Trent in April 2014. Severn Trent is the Midlands-based water and waste company responsible for providing clean water and taking away dirty water to around 10m people in the Midlands area of the UK. Prior to this, Liv worked at British Telecom for 12 years…. Read more.

Michael Lewis

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: E.ON 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 pollution and environmental control from the University of Manchester. He is a chartered engineer, and… Read more.

Steve Robertson

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Thames Water

Steve Robertson became CEO of Thames Water in September 2016, having previously held the position of CEO at Truphone, where he developed ground breaking technology, allowing the company to become a disruptive player in the global market. Prior to joining Truphone, Steve Robertson served as CEO of BT Openreach from its inception in 2005 until… Read more.

Frank Mitchell

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: SP Energy Networks

Frank Mitchell leads a business with responsibility for getting the electricity from power generators to all 3.5 million customers in central and south Scotland, Merseyside and north Wales. It employees around 2800 directly and another 3000 people through partners. Frank has more than twenty years’ experience in working in the energy sector, covering all aspects… Read more.

Steve Mogford

Job Title: Chief executive

Company: United Utilities

Steve Mogford was appointed chief executive of United Utilities plc in March 2011.  FTSE100 listed, United Utilities provides water and wastewater services to approximately seven million customers in the north west of England. Steve started his career at British Aerospace at its north west based military aircraft business.  During his long career with the company,… Read more.

Heidi Mottram OBE

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Northumbrian Water

Heidi Mottram studied at the University of Hull obtaining a BSc (Hons) in geography in 1986. Her success at Northumbrian Water Group follows on from an excellent track record in the rail industry where she worked her way up through a variety of roles in British Rail and, following privatisation, in GNER, Midland Mainline and… Read more.

Basil Scarsella

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: UK Power Networks

Basil is the chief executive officer of UK Power Networks, owned by the Cheung Kong Group. This is the largest distribution network operator in the UK, distributing electricity to more than 8 million homes and businesses. Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from… Read more.

Mel Karam

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Bristol Water

Mel Karam is the chief executive of Bristol Water plc, having joined the organisation in April 2017. Mel joined Bristol Water from KPMG International where he was a partner and global head of asset management. With more than 30 years of experience, Mel has a proven track record in asset management and capital delivery in… Read more.

Ian McAulay

Job Title: Chief executive officer

Company: Southern Water

Ian joined Southern Water in January 2017. He has more than thirty years of global water and environmental experience and a significant record of achievement operating in both publicly quoted FTSE 100/250 companies and privately held enterprises. He holds an honours degree in civil and environmental engineering and is a chartered member of ICE and… Read more.

Angela Hepworth

Job Title: Corporate policy and regulation director

Company: EDF Energy

Angela Hepworth is corporate policy and regulation director for EDF Energy. She is responsible for addressing policy and regulatory issues within EDF Energy, covering both its generation and supply businesses, and influencing government, regulators and key stakeholders to shape the policy and regulatory environment. Angela joined EDF Energy in 2009, working in the nuclear new… Read more.

Giles Stevens

Job Title: Programme director, market outcomes & enforcement

Company: Ofwat

Giles is the programme director of the market outcomes and enforcement at Ofwat programme, which is responsible for monitoring the markets Ofwat regulates. Giles joined Ofwat in March 2013 and was the portfolio director for the 2014 price review. Giles led Ofwat’s response to the PR14 appeal to the CMA by Bristol Water. Last year… Read more.

Peter Haigh

Job Title: Managing director

Company: Bristol Energy

Peter Haigh is managing director of Bristol Energy, one of the first municipal energy companies in the UK. Peter has been at the centre of major developments in the UK energy industry, most recently as CEO of Elexon Limited and previously as director of business retail at E.ON UK. Peter has a degree in electrical… Read more.

Dr Stephen Bird

Job Title: Managing director

Company: South West Water

Stephen was appointed on 1 January 2016. Prior to joining South West Water, he held posts in the Welsh Water Authority, National Rivers Authority and Wallace Evans Consultants as an environmental consultant. Stephen is a member of Defra’s Rural Development Programme Monitoring Committee and chair of the Heart of the South West Area European Structural… Read more.

Chris Clarke

Job Title: Director of asset management and safety

Company: Wales & West Utilities

A chartered engineer and experienced operations manager, Chris has more than 25 years’ experience within the UK gas industry. He worked in planning, design, investment and construction prior to becoming a senior manager in 1999, initially within the asset management team. Following network sale, Chris led the HS&E team as head of HS&E for the… Read more.

James Cardwell-Moore

Job Title: Commercial director

Company: Business Stream

James joined Business Stream in May 2014 from a director role at Capita, the outsourcing and professional services company. James has considerable experience in the utility and services sector, having previously held senior roles at both BT and Thames Water. Holding an MBA from Edinburgh University, he also brings significant experience of commercial management, business… Read more.

David Elliott

Job Title: Group strategy & new markets director

Company: Wessex Water

David has more than 30 years’ experience in the water industry and joined Wessex Water in 1985. David has held a number of posts over his career, including 20 years in operations. He was appointed a director of Wessex Water in 2007 and is currently responsible for Wessex Water’s wholesale water and environmental policies from… Read more.

Steve Arthur

Job Title: Director of market performance

Company: MOSL

Steve has more than 25 years’ experience in the water industry, having held various senior positions in engineering, transformation and programme management at Thames Water and Wessex Water. He joined MOSL, the market operator, in April 2017, having previously led Wessex Water Services’ preparations ahead of the new competitive market, as strategic planning manager and… Read more.

Ben Carter

Job Title: Head of critical infrastructure services

Company: Vodafone

Ben Carter is the director of critical national infrastructure services for Vodafone and is responsible for a wide range of communications services that support the UK’s utility industry and Blue Light Services. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2015, Ben held several leadership roles for AT&T in EMEA working with various Fortune 100 companies. Ben is… Read more.

Chris Bennett

Job Title: Director, UK regulation

Company: National Grid

Chris Bennett was appointed director, UK regulation for National Grid in July 2016. In this role, he leads on regulatory strategy and price control activities while advising individual National Grid businesses on their day to day regulatory discussions. Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in the utility sector and has previously held senior roles… Read more.

Jonathan Oxley

Job Title: Group director for competition

Company: Ofcom

Jonathan Oxley joined Ofcom as group director, competition in November 2014 and was appointed to the Ofcom board in January 2015. Prior to joining Ofcom, Jonathan was a partner in PwC’s strategy and economics practice, specialising in telecoms, media and technology. After graduating from the University of the West of England, Jonathan joined BT as… Read more.

Laura Sandys

Job Title: Former MP and chief executive officer

Company: Challenging Ideas

Laura Sandys is an innovator who seeks to challenge incumbent thinking in public policy and business to increase competition, productivity and creativity. In both politics and the corporate world as the founder of two communications and marketing companies, Laura has driven changes in energy markets, food security and resource management. Having started her first company… Read more.

Duncan Burt

Job Title: Head of system operation, operations

Company: National Grid

Duncan is responsible for the electricity national control centres and the real-time operation of the National Grid electricity transmission network – ensuring the safe, secure and efficient operation of the GB electricity transmission system. This role brings together all of the elements of commercial and operational energy forecasting, planning and policy to ensure the National… Read more.

Marcus Rink

Job Title: Chief inspector

Company: Drinking Water Inspectorate

Marcus Rink is the chief inspector at the Drinking Water Inspectorate. As chief inspector, he provides independent scrutiny of the water industry, ensuring the safety and quality of water and public confidence through a robust regulatory framework. The role encompasses a range of statutory and non-statutory functions, discharging the duties of the secretary of state… Read more.

William Rowe

Job Title: Product director

Company: OVO Energy

William Rowe is product director at OVO Energy, leading a team focused on delivering an effortless and intuitive experience for customers as they navigate the complexities of the energy market. Will has held numerous roles within OVO since it was founded in 2009 and has been instrumental in the company’s transformation into a technology-led business…. Read more.

Jane Gray

Job Title: Deputy editor

Company: Utility Week

Jane is a business and industry journalist with experience reporting on the utilities, engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors. She was recently appointed editor of the newly launched Network magazine, a title she helped to develop and is also deputy editor of Utility Week which she joined as insights editor in 2014. Prior to this, Jane was editor of The Manufacturer magazine…. Read more.

Ellen Bennett

Job Title: Editor

Company: Utility Week

Ellen Bennett is content director for Network and Faversham House’s wider utilities portfolio. Ellen helped launch Network in 2015, and has been editor of its sister title Utility Week since 2012. She has been in business journalism for 15 years, writing for and editing titles on topics including insurance and the built environment prior to… Read more.

Richard Sweet

Job Title: Head of regulatory policy

Company: Scottish Power

Richard Sweet joined ScottishPower as head of regulatory policy in 2011.  His focus is on regulatory issues affecting ScottishPower’s retail, generation and networks businesses, and he played a key role in ScottishPower’s engagement with the CMA’s Energy Market Investigation from 2014-2016.  He previously worked in the telecommunications sector, as director of government affairs for THUS… Read more.

Neil Barnes

Job Title: Associate partner, consumers and competition

Company: Ofgem

Neil Barnes is an associate partner in the consumers & competition division. He is responsible for retail market monitoring and consumer research, for policy maintenance and development in relation to domestic consumers and retail energy markets, and for the project aiming to move towards greater use of principles in the way Ofgem regulates the retail… Read more.

Patrick Erwin

Job Title: Policy and markets director

Company: Northern Powergrid

Patrick joined Northern Powergrid at the end of 2016 from INEOS Shale, where he led the commercial and business development functions as well as playing a wider role at INEOS group level. Before that he was a senior civil servant, most recently, until the end of 2013, in DECC (now BEIS) heading up the energy… Read more.

Drew Ritchie

Job Title: Managing director – wholesale operations

Company: Affinity Water

Drew has more than 26 years’ construction industry experience gained while working for clients, contractors and engineering consultants in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. His focus has been on safely and successfully delivering major infrastructure projects and programmes in the rail, aviation, highways and utilities sectors. Drew joined Affinity Water in October 2015… Read more.

Paul Bircham

Job Title: Director of commercial strategy and support

Company: Electricity North West

Paul is a business leader with experience of innovation, strategy and business development and implementation. He has more than 20 years of experience at a senior level in energy, utilities and infrastructure environments. He has been a director of TXU Europe Distribution, United Utilities Electricity, Energy Networks Association, Electricity Association Services and most recently Electricity… Read more.

Sam Williams

Job Title: Director

Company: Economic Insight

Sam Williams is a director of Economic Insight, a leading economics consultancy firm. Sam specialises in providing regulatory and business strategy advice across a wide range of industries and has advised extensively in the water sector, having supported firms and the regulator over the last three price controls. He has particular expertise in developing commercial… Read more.

Sharon Darcy

Job Title: Expert panel member

Company: UK Regulators Network

Sharon is director of think tank, Sustainability First, where she set up the New Energy and Water Public Interest Network (‘New-Pin’). She is a board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a member of the UK Regulators Network expert advisory panel, a member of Ofgem’s Consumer Progress panel and a council member of Which?… Read more.

Dr Sebastian Catovsky

Job Title: Deputy director – water services

Company: Defra

Dr Sebastian Catovsky leads the water services policy team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Sebastian’s team has policy responsibility for economic regulation of the water industry and market reform, consumer protection, long-term resilience of water resources and drainage, and abstraction reform. Sebastian has worked in a variety of policy roles across… Read more.

Natasha Hobday

Natasha Hobday

Job Title: Group policy and regulation director

Company: First Utility

Natasha is the group policy and regulation director at First Utility Limited. A lawyer by background, she has a wealth of regulatory, policy and commercial experience gained from a varied career across the public and private sectors, from her first role as a qualified lawyer at what was the Department of Trade and Industry to… Read more.

Alex Plant

Job Title: Director of regulation

Company: Anglian Water

Alex became regulation director at Anglian Water in 2017, having spent the prior two years leading on regulatory policy and market reform. Previously he has worked as director of regulation at Royal Mail, executive director for economy, transport & environment at Cambridgeshire County Council, and chief executive of Cambridgeshire Horizons, driving forward the delivery of… Read more.

Michael Dugdale

Job Title: Industrial & commercial customer director

Company: NWG Business

Michael has 20 years’ utility industry experience across a broad range of retail service and operations delivery functions. His experience comes from time working at one of the UK’s leading energy consultancy businesses, power station commercial operations, sales and service leadership at British Gas and most recently, leading the industrial & commercial P&L for NWG… Read more.

Alexander Neill

Job Title: Propositions and innovation director

Company: Unipart Group

Alex leads the innovation and new proposition agenda at Unipart Logistics, which includes the company’s approach towards digital and industry 4.0 technologies. Alex has worked at Unipart Group for 11 years, holding various positions in both the logistics and consultancy divisions. He has worked in multiple sectors and with a wide range of clients. Before… Read more.

Noelia Romanillos

Job Title: Strategic Business Consultant, EMEA

Company: Genesys

Noelia has more than 17 years of experience in the customer experience arena. She has worked and engaged on Europe´s largest and most complex solutions in multiple verticals, including utilities. For the past 5 years, Noelia has been focused on helping UK&I customers to achieve great CX.

Nigel Watson

Nigel Watson

Job Title: Group director of information services

Company: Northumbrian Water

Nigel has worked in business and IT roles across a range of competitive industries for more than 30 years. His work experience includes leadership of transformation programmes for leading organisations including GE Capital, Microsoft, Travelport and Vodafone, often across the globe. He has been with Northumbrian Water Group for eighteen months commencing as programme director… Read more.

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