Members of GEMA

Mae’r dudalen yma ar gael yn Gymraeg.

David Gray

David Gray

Chairman

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 advised the UK government on a review of economic regulation of airports and in 2011 he led a review of Ofwat, the water sector regulator. Before 2003 he worked for HSBC where he was head of the Energy and Utilities investment banking team and advised the UK government on the privatisations of the gas and electricity sectors.

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Dermot Nolan

Chief Executive

Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from May 2008 and its Chair since May 2011. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Adviser at the Commission for Communications Regulation and was manager of the mergers division for the Irish Competition Authority. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he undertook further study at Yale where he gained a PhD in Economics. He has lectured at the University of London, specialising in the areas of market structures and firm performance.

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Kevin Lough

Keith Lough

Non-executive member GEMA

Keith is a non-executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority and chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Keith has extensive experience in the natural resources and energy sectors in both finance and leadership roles, including a period as finance director for British Energy. He also holds Non-Executive Directorships in oil and gas and mining companies, including Cairn Energy plc and Rockhopper Exploration plc. He has a Master in Finance from London Business School and is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Paul Grout

Professor Paul Grout

Non-executive member GEMA

Paul Grout is a non-executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority. With a Chair in Political Economy at the University of Bristol, Paul is also senior advisor for Competition at the Bank of England and a member of Ofcom's Panel of Academic Advisors. 

He has published extensively on regulation and competition policy, has advised many UK and international government departments and public bodies on regulatory issues and has been an advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and a member of a CBI Taskforce.

Christine Farnish

Christine Farnish

Non-executive member GEMA

Christine is a non-executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Christine has a range of regulatory, consumer and financial services experience. She currently serves as a non-executive director on the Ofwat and ABTA Boards and chairs the P2PFA, the body representing peer to peer lending platforms. She previously served as chairman of Consumer Focus, consumer director at Oftel and the Financial Services Authority, CEO of the National Association of Pension Funds and a Managing Director at Barclays. She has been a non-executive director on the OFT, Advertising Standards Authority and ING Direct Boards and she was a Civil Service Commissioner.

Christine graduated from Manchester University and has an M.Sc in Conservation from UCL.

Ann Robinson

Non-executive member GEMA

Ann has been a consumer champion for gas and electricity consumers for 10 years.  After being in senior positions in the public, voluntary and private sector she became Chair of the first Gas and Electricity Consumer Council which she called energy watch in 2000.  She took on this role because she was passionate about being helping people to be able to afford energy which she believes is an essential for life like housing and food.  

Over the last few years she has been working as a consultant advising a price comparison site on becoming more consumer centric. Doing pro bono work with charities Chairing and facilitating meetings and working with Ofwat on its Price Review and opening up the market to SMEs as well as Chairing a company owned by the Electricity Safety Council.

Martin Cave

Non-executive member GEMA

Martin Cave has worked in government and academia as an economist specialising in competition law and the regulation of network industries. From 2012 to 2108 he was a panel deputy chair at the Competition and Markets Authority or its predecessor, chairing market investigations, merger inquiries and regulatory appeals. He carried out five independent regulatory reviews for the UK Government and has advised many regulators in the UK and internatinally. He has held chairs at various UK universities, including Warwick and the London School of Economics, and is the author of several books and articles on regulation.

Lynne Embleton

Non-executive member GEMA

Lynne is a non-executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Lynne brings a wealth of strategy, customer and operational experience gained in the aviation sector.

She is a member of the management committee of International Airlines Group and is currently CEO of IAG Cargo and a non-executive director on the board of British Airways.

Previous executive roles include Managing Director of BA’s business at Gatwick Airport and BA Director of Strategy, where she had responsibility for economic regulation. Former non-exec roles include chairman of BA CityFlyer Ltd and non-exec of British Midland Airways Ltd.

Lynne has a BSc in mathematics, an MSc in management science and an MBA.

Wendy Watson

Wendy Watson

Secretary to the Authority

Wendy Watson became Board Secretary in January 2017 in addition to her previous Ofgem role as Head of the Enforcement Decision Panel Secretariat which she has held since September 2014.

Wendy has worked in central government for most of her career, at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education and Skills, as well as a two year secondment as Deputy Head of Strategic Development at the British Film Institute.

She was Private Secretary to two DCMS ministers and led on several key policy areas including the Communications Review and Public Service Broadcasting.

David Ashbourne

David Ashbourne

Legal Adviser to the Authority

David moved to our Network's Division in 2004 as legal director, and is now head of legal profession.

David joined us in October 2003 as a senior lawyer. He began his career in housing and the environment, managing major regeneration projects in the inner city. He moved into the energy sector joining British Gas's South Eastern Region, progressing to the role of regional solicitor. He joined the British Gas pre-Network Code Gas Transportation Division and was then appointed Head of Transco's Central Legal Team in 1994.

He was involved in the development of the Network Code, the MMC Inquiry, the Centrica Demerger and the subsequent formation of Lattice on the demerger of Transco from BG. He set up the regulatory compliance function at Transco and was involved in the separation of the metering business.