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About Energy UK

 Find out about some key people at Energy UK:

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive

Lawrence Slade is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, taking up post in July 2015.  Lawrence was Energy UK's first Chief Operating Officer when it was formed in 2012 and had specific executive responsibility for all energy supply activities including retail markets, smart metering & grids, energy efficiency and consumer engagement.  

Lawrence has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world to build an understanding of the geopolitics of energy and both how the sector is central to everyday life and supports thriving economies.

Lawrence ran the Energy Retail Association before Energy UK was formed and previously ran the Society of Petroleum Engineers, expanding the society's operations in Russia, the Caspian and Africa. He was also Deputy Chief Executive and Technical Director of the Energy Institute in London.

He believes innovation can harness new sources of energy, helping the UK generate and use energy more efficiently while ensuring the country's power sector is resilient as it moves to a low-carbon economy.

Barbara Vest, Director of Generation

Barbara Vest is the Director of Generation at Energy UK.

Barbara has outstanding contacts and experience throughout the energy industry having worked in the supply business of Northern Electric and at Yorkshire Electricity. She has also held the post of Regulatory Affairs Manager at Gaz de France ESS prior to joining the Association of Electricity Producers.

Barbara chairs the Joint European Stakeholder Group, is on the National Grid Independent Stakeholder Advisory Panel and is an elected industry representative on the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel. She serves on the Executive Council of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies and is a Freeman of the City of London.

Barbara believes Energy UK can help its members meet the challenges facing the country as it strives to decarbonise its energy industry in an efficient and cost-effective way while maintaining security of electricity supply to British homes and businesses.  She feels working with government and relevant stakeholders will help create a stable framework to attract much needed investment in plant as well as improving understanding of the sector.

Lesley McLeod, Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Lesley McLeod is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Energy UK and was appointed in 2013. Lesley has oversight of the organisation’s external communications with the UK parliament, devolved administrations and in Europe as well looking after Energy UK’s media and online activities. She also leads on the organisation’s extensive member events’ programme.

Lesley worked for ScottishPower in Glasgow before taking up communication posts throughout Whitehall including at the Home Office, Treasury, DETR and DCMS. She led communication teams at Transport for London and the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority and has also looked after external communications for two public inquiries in Northern Ireland. Lesley has also lectured in PR, advertising and journalism.

Lesley was executive Director for Communications at the British Bankers’ Association during the financial crisis.

Lesley believes communication can help bring down barriers and it is important to explain about the energy sector as it has a direct impact on people’s lives, the communities in which they live and the economy of the country.

Rosie McGlynn, Director of New Energy Services

Rosie McGlynn is Energy UK’s Director of New Energy Services and is responsible for leading Energy UK's strategic work programme across demand response, storage and flexibility.  This involves engaging at a UK, European and International level on developments in market and regulatory frameworks to support the arrangements for and take up of demand response. Rosie is responsible for a multi-disciplinary project team with reach across all aspects of smart metering in the GB smart metering roll out and is responsible for smart metering and smart grid policy for Energy UK. Rosie is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Smart Metering Device Assurance Co Ltd, a not for profit organisation has been set up by suppliers, device manufacturer and financiers to deliver an assurance scheme to test the interoperability and interchangeability of smart metering devices.

Rosie has worked in the energy utilities sector in the UK for fifteen years. She has worked for three of the major energy retailers, E.ON, EDF Energy and British Gas. Rosie has a background in energy regulation and major industry transformation programmes. Her focus in the past five years has been smart metering and smart grid developments, working closely with DECC, Ofgem, the DCC and industry on the GB Smart Metering Implementation Programme.

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