Find out about key people at Energy UK: Lawrence Slade, our Chief Executive and our Directors.
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive
Lawrence Slade is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production (using all forms of generation), retailing and transmission of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers.
Lawrence has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world.
Lawrence is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, a Board Trustee and Audit Committee member of the Money Advice Trust (who run the National Debt Helpline and Small Business Debt Helpline), and a board director of Eurelectric, a pan European trade association for the electricity industry, he also chairs their Brexit Committee and is a member of their Finance Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.
Sam Hollister, Director of Economics and Corporate Services
Sam was appointed Director of Economics and Corporate Services in July 2018, having joined Energy UK four years earlier.
Sam has policy responsibility for Energy UK’s Strategic Policy Committee and New Energy Services and Heat Committee, in addition to overseeing the internal functions of the trade association. Sam previously worked in UK Government, specialising on better regulation and economic growth, and spent time on secondment at the European Commission at DG Enterprise
Audrey Gallacher, Director of Policy
Audrey Gallacher is now Director of Policy at Energy UK, responsible for the teams working on energy retail policy, operations, the smart meter programme and generation.
Audrey has an extensive background in the energy sector, initially with the regulator Ofgem as Head of Consumer Affairs in Scotland. She moved into energy consumer advocacy in 2000 when she became National Director in Scotland for energywatch, before moving to lead its GB work on company performance, research and advice. More recently she has held Director of Energy positions with the statutory watchdog, Consumer Futures and at the charity Citizens Advice.
Audrey’s role at Energy UK is about helping ensure consumers remain central in the development and delivery of our members' policies and processes. She is committed to representing an energy supply sector that delivers great service and value, and most importantly treats its customers fairly.
Abbie Sampson, Director of External Affairs
Abbie Sampson joined Energy UK in January 2017 as Director of External Affairs, overseeing communications, public affairs and events. Abbie has extensive experience of strategic communications and public affairs in the private, public and charitable sectors including at the highest level of government, having previously worked in Downing Street.
Previously Abbie led communications at the consumer group Which? after working in a number of government departments. Abbie advises organisations on strategy, maximising opportunities and identifying risk, and how to clearly communicate values in an ever-evolving political environment.
She is passionate about driving greater diversity and inclusion, and is a Women in PR committee member.
Barbara Vest, Special Advisor
Barbara Vest is a Special Advisor (former 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 is a member of the Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Cost Challenge Task Force launched by Rt Hon Claire Perry MP in January 2018. Barbara chairs the Joint European Stakeholder Group, is on the National Grid Independent Stakeholder Advisory Panel and until September 2018 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 optimise opportunities to create a stable framework to attract much needed investment in plant as well as improving understanding of the sector.