Our Board consists of senior executives from some of the UK’s leading energy companies. Energy UK draws on this diverse expertise to achieve its strategic goals.
The Board is responsible for setting the long-term direction for Energy UK including identifying priorities, establishing goals and objectives, finding resources, and allocating funds to support the decisions that need to be made around strategic planning. The Board is also responsible for monitoring the execution of the strategic plan, and takes decisions regarding remit, composition, chairs, and budget.
Energy UK Board
Managing Director, Centrica
Raj was appointed Interim Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Centrica plc with effect from 1 October 2020, and subsequently appointed as the permanent Group General Counsel & Company Secretary on 3 March 2021.
Raj has overall responsibility for legal, regulatory, compliance and secretariat activities across the Group, the effective operating of Centrica plc’s Board and advising on key issues of corporate governance and compliance. Raj joined Centrica in 2014 as the Legal Director for Residential Energy, before becoming General Counsel for the UK and Ireland region in 2017. He has led legal, regulatory and compliance teams at Centrica in various formations across the UK and Ireland region or the Consumer division. Prior to joining Centrica, Raj spent 9 years at Vodafone, holding a number of senior in-house legal roles in the Group and UK legal functions. Raj started his career in private practice, qualifying as a solicitor at Slaughter and May in London and subsequently working for Freshfields in Brussels.
Raj became an EUK board member in March 2022.
Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK
After a career spanning over 20 years working for major international organisations, Chris joined E.ON in 2014 where he undertook a number of leadership roles both in the UK and internationally before being appointed Executive Board Member (Chief People Officer) in 2018. Chris was appointed E.ON UK’s Chief Executive Officer in 2023.
Chris believes that energy is central to people’s lives and that brings an incredible responsibility. There are real challenges – in the short-term making energy more affordable and longer term, the urgent need to decarbonise our economy. By tackling these challenges together, we have the opportunity to deliver for customers and make a difference to our society.
Having achieved considerable success in business transformation, Chris has vast experience in developing the culture and diversity of businesses to reflect that of their market, deliver on ESG commitments and create social value.
Chris attended both Exeter University and the University of Glamorgan.
Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy
Paul is Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs for EDF in the UK. He joined the Executive Team in January 2009 and is responsible for R&D, Strategy, Policy & Regulation, Sustainability, and Communications for EDF’s activities in the UK. He also chairs EDF’s UK R&D Board.
He serves on the board of the Nuclear Industry Association, is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and is Executive Sponsor of EDF’s RACE Network.
Before acquisition by EDF in 2009 he was Head of Strategy and Business Development for British Energy, joining as the company was rescued by Government in 2003. Earlier he spent 17 years with Accenture where he was Partner, responsible for the UK Energy Strategy and Human Performance practices. His early career included time with Davy McKee (London) Limited, and Ford Motor Company.
He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Engineering from the University of Bristol.
Chairman, Energy UK
David studied economics at King’s College Cambridge, and then worked at JP Morgan and Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before being appointed as Economics Adviser to the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party in 1994.
David became Lib Dem Director of Policy and Research in 1997, and in 2001 he was elected as MP for Yeovil Constituency.
David served on the Treasury Select Committe, and then held a variety of Shadow posts – in the Treasury, Work and Pensions, and Education portfolios.
David was one of the negotiators of the 2010-2015 Coalition Agreement, and he served as Chief Secretary, Schools Minister and Cabinet Office Minister.
Since leaving Parliament in 2015, David has been Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute and Education Partnerships Group. David is an Adviser to GK Strategy and a Non Executive Director of Fable Data.
David holds a number of voluntary posts, for example as Chair of the Unlocked Graduates charity.
Deputy Chief Executive, Energy UK
Dhara joined Energy UK in November 2022. She is an expert in energy consumer issues and the energy transition. Prior to joining Energy UK Dhara led work on net zero, the future energy system and decarbonisation at Citizens Advice.
Dhara began her career in local government and has worked across a broad range of policy areas from civil society to community building and deliberative democracy. She has been an active member of several Government and academic advisory boards, is on the Board of Green Alliance and is a primary school governor.
Chief Executive, Energy UK
Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma has two children and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry.
From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWFU-K. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.
Director of Strategic Communications,
Juliette joined Energy UK in January 2022 as Director of Strategic Communications. She holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University, and has held a variety analytical and communications roles across low carbon generation at Equinor, Orsted and EDF Energy, winning awards for her work.
Juliette is passionate about inspiring and developing others in the energy sector; she was part of the initial team that set up Women in Nuclear, and is a founding member of the TIDE Taskforce – set up to improve Equity, Diversity and Inclusion across the energy industry. She is also an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
UK Country Manager, ENGIE and Managing Director, First Hydro
Kevin was appointed UK Country Manager at ENGIE in February 2022, and he is responsible for ensuring cohesion of the company’s activities in the UK, aligned with the Group’s strategy. He is also Managing Director for First Hydro, an ENGIE business that helps balance the grid through the management and operation of two major pumped-storage plants in North Wales.
With a degree in Engineering and Economics and an MBA in Global Energy, Kevin has held a number of senior positions within ENGIE and has built over 30 years of experience in the UK energy sector.
Deputy Chief Executive, ESB
Marguerite Sayers was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in July, 2022. ESB is a state-owned electricity company, founded in 1927, and is a vertically integrated utility with €16Bn of assets and 8,500 employees across ROI, GB and Northern Ireland. Marguerite has worked for ESB for over 30 years, and previously held the positions of Generation Manager, Executive Director Customer Solutions and Managing Director of ESB Networks DAC, the ROI Distribution System Operator. She has a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University College Cork, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and Past President of Engineers Ireland, a Fellow of the Academy of Engineers and a Governor of the Irish Times Trust.
Chief Legal Officer, InterGen
A solicitor with 20 years’ experience in corporate and energy law. In private practice David advised clients in various sectors on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and joint ventures. He has experience across the energy sector, from upstream transportation and production to thermal and renewable power generation.
Before joining InterGen, David worked in private practice with Macfarlanes in London and McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons) in Edinburgh. He was previously regional counsel at InterGen, supporting our UK and Netherlands operating business.
Executive Director, UK, National Grid
Rhian oversees all National Grid’s ESG activities. This includes sustainability and how we are reducing our emissions, our investment in the communities we serve and how we support and develop our people. Prior to this, Rhian was responsible for corporate affairs activities on behalf of National Grid Ventures (NGV), National Grid’s commercial arm which invests in green technologies such as renewable energy. Before joining NGV, Rhian oversaw all corporate affairs activities on behalf of National Grid’s UK regulated businesses and led the Corporate Affairs support for the RIIO 2 price control.Rhian joined National Grid back in 2017, to lead our UK & EU Public Affairs and Policy team; managing senior relationships across Whitehall and Westminster on strategic issues like Brexit, nationalisation and transport and heat decarbonisation.
Before joining National Grid, Rhian was the Director of Infrastructure at the CBI, spearheading their campaigns to boost investment in infrastructure, the low-carbon economy and construction. Having joined the CBI in 2006, she helped to deliver the CBI’s ground-breaking report on climate change in 2007, which helped shift the perception of the role business can play in the low-carbon economy. After this she set up and led the CBI’s climate change team before becoming Director of Infrastructure.
Rhian spent five years in Beijing, where she worked for the European Union Chamber of Commerce providing a bridge between European Business and the Chinese government, and a year working in Taiwan.
Director, Natural Power
Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy
Clem Cowton is Director of External Affairs at Octopus Energy Group, heading up the company’s advocacy on policy, government affairs and Net Zero.
Clem led Octopus Energy’s campaign for an energy price cap and has worked closely with government to help drive policy for the decarbonisation of heat and support the transition to a more renewable grid.
Clem joined Octopus from a career in political consultancy for the renewable energy and clean tec sectors.
VP Energy, OVO Energy
Steve leads the Energy team at OVO that has ownership for the development and delivery of the Commercial Strategy for OVO’s c. 4m domestic energy supply customers. Specific areas of responsibility include wholesale trading & risk management, renewable PPAs & certificate trading, industry cost forecasting, energy tariff pricing and energy proposition development & delivery. In his time at OVO he has also led teams across Industry Operations, Regulation and Compliance and the Smart Meter roll out. Stephen has over 23 years experience in the energy industry at National Grid, International Power and ENGIE. Stephen is the Leadership Team Sponsor for Mental Health and Wellbeing across the OVO Group and is an active Mental Health First Aider.
UK Country Chair, RWE
As RWE’s UK Country Chair, and Chair of the RWE UK Renewables Boards, Tom is the most senior representative of RWE in the UK responsible for representing the company at the national level (UK, Wales and Scotland) and managing senior stakeholder engagement.
Tom’s earlier roles as Executive Board member in each of RWE’s main operating companies provides him with the ability and insight to ensure that the company has a co-ordinated strategy and that RWE’s UK portfolio is well-positioned for net zero.
Tom has worked at RWE since 2003 and held a variety of senior commercial, trading and business development positions including Chief Commercial Officer of RWE Renewables, RWE Generation and RWE Supply & Trading. In his most recent role, Tom had responsibility for the commercial management and optimisation of RWE’s 10GW global renewable portfolio together with having responsibility for all power purchase agreements, M&A transactions, partnerships and the development of new markets. Prior to that, Tom was commercially responsible for RWE’s European conventional generation fleet, a 40GW portfolio of coal, biomass, gas, hydro, nuclear and other conventional power stations which produced around 200TWh per annum.
Prior to RWE, Tom worked at Barclays Capital, Enron and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
CEO, Retail Division, ScottishPower
Andrew heads up the retail energy business for ScottishPower and in his 30+ years working for ScottishPower he has held many roles. An individual who is committed to creating a sustainable energy market and in doing so addressing the challenges we have across Great Britain to move us from a carbon intensive energy consuming country to one which achieves its low carbon ambitions.
Corporate Affairs Director, Sembcorp UK and Middle East
Career: As Corporate Affairs Director, Michael is responsible for developing Sembcorp Industries’ UK and Middle East strategy, including Sembcorp’s plans for decarbonisation.
Prior to this role, Michael was a member of the senior leadership team of a rapidly growing private equity power generation and battery energy storage company that was successfully acquired by Sembcorp in 2018. Before private equity, Michael worked at National Grid, holding roles in the system operator and in the group corporate office where he was Head of UK and EU policy. Before National Grid, Michael was Senior Manager for European Strategy at Ofgem.
Ahead of moving into the energy industry, Michael spent 10 years as a British Diplomat specialising in the CIS and EU regions.
Skills and competencies: Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in the international energy industry and Diplomatic arena. His focus areas include strategy, regulation, external affairs, M&A and energy transition. He has led the development of large-scale battery energy storage projects and is currently focussed on developing opportunities around low-carbon hydrogen, CCUS (carbon capture, usage, and storage) and SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel).
Michael is an economist by background, holding a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and is a member of the UK Government Economic Service.
Chief Commercial Officer, SSE
Martin joined SSE in 1998 as an energy trader, which was followed by a series of commercial roles before becoming Managing Director, Energy Portfolio Management, and a member of SSE’s then Management Board in 2012.
In 2014, he was appointed Managing Director, Wholesale, and a member of SSE’s Group Executive Committee. In 2017 he joined the Board as Group Energy Director, a role which was expanded to Group Energy and Commercial Director in November 2020. This role was subsequently re-titled Chief Commercial Officer in March 2022, with no change in underlying responsibility or remit.
Head of Political Affairs and Communications UK, Uniper
Dr Pauline Lawson is a senior leader at Uniper, an international energy company.
Head of Political Affairs and Communications UK, Pauline leads a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals to represent Uniper‘s diverse activities across the UK, and its role in a reliable and sustainable energy system, to both internal and external stakeholders.
Pauline has extensive experience in the energy sector, gained across a range of business areas and spanning generation, retail and distribution operations. She’s also spent time living and working internationally, both in Germany in the company’s corporate office, and in Brussels in its EU representation office.
Pauline holds a PhD in Power Systems Engineering from UMIST | University of Manchester, an M.Sc. in Physics, a B.Sc. in Maths, and is a Chartered Engineer.