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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.


Audrey Gallacher, Director of Retail Energy Supply

Audrey Gallacher is Director of Retail Energy Supply at Energy UK, responsible for the teams working on energy retail policy, operations and the smart meter programme.

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, leading the press, public affairs and events teams.

Abbie extensive experience in the private, public and charitable sectors including at the highest level of government, having worked at Downing Street as both a strategic communications adviser and chief press officer.

Previously Abbie led the media team at the consumer group Which?, where she gained experience of a broad range of consumer issues.

Abbie is passionate about excellence in communications and believes Energy UK has a strong story to tell about the rapid change underway within the energy industry.


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