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Jonathan Brearley became Ofgem's Chief Executive Officer on 3 February 2020. This follows his previous appointment as our Executive Director for Systems and Networks in April 2018.
He has wide-ranging energy sector experience, having led Electricity Market Reform as the Director for Energy Markets and Networks at DECC. Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Climate Change, a cross-government strategy unit focussed on climate change and energy issues, where he led the development of the Climate Change Act. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Glasgow University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Patricia (Trish) is responsible for the E-Serve division. E-Serve administers renewable energy and social schemes on behalf of government. The division designs, sets up and delivers large scale schemes in the sustainability sector. We strive to do this efficiently and effectively to enable government to meet its aims of reducing CO2 emissions, improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty.
Before joining us, Trish worked in the outsourcing sector, focused on procurement, finance and administration solutions and services for clients across the banking, aerospace, defence and retail sectors. Her most recent role was MD UK accounts and Director, Strategy and Technology. Before this, Trish held various leadership roles in shared services, product development, acquisition, implementation and production management within both the outsourcing and spirits and wine sector.
Trish graduated from Strathclyde University with a BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
Akshay is responsible for the economic regulation of Great Britain’s energy networks. This includes the development of the next generation of onshore network price controls called RIIO2, the regulation of offshore transmission infrastructure; and the delivery of an ambitious cross-border interconnection programme through the cap and floor regime.
Prior to joining Ofgem, Akshay was on secondment from HM Treasury to Transport for London, where he led TfL’s work on funding transport infrastructure in London by capturing the uplift in land and property values associated with transport projects such as Barking Riverside Extension, Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo Line Extension. This followed a spell of five years at HM Treasury, where Akshay directed energy and transport projects for Infrastructure UK, a specialist infrastructure unit responsible for the planning, prioritisation, funding, financing and delivery of economic infrastructure. He has been involved in the design and delivery of electricity market reform, the competition for carbon capture and storage, the development of the new nuclear energy programme, the reform of the strategic roads network and regeneration projects such as the Northern Line extension to Battersea Power Station in London, the UK’s first large scale tax increment financing scheme. He also directed the production of the National Infrastructure Plan in 2011.
Earlier in his career, Akshay worked for ten years with Partnerships UK, a joint venture between HM Treasury and the private sector, on the delivery of projects in the transport, health, education and housing sectors under the Government’s private finance initiative. He started his career in India, where he worked in investment banking and project finance for energy, transport and industrial projects for the IL&FS Group, a major Indian financial institution. Akshay studied economics, finance, management, and bioscience, at the London School of Economics, the universities of London and Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management.
Energy Systems Management and Security
Before joining Ofgem, Frances was a director in the Economic Advisory Practice at EY where she specialised in the energy sector. Prior to that, she was a competition investigation director at the Office of Fair Trading. Frances has a masters degree in economics from LSE and a bachelors degree in engineering physics.
Enforcement and Emerging Issues
Cathryn joined in 2013 as the Legal Director for E-Serve environmental schemes and our offshore transmission tenders regime. Between 2016 and 2018, she was Partner for Wholesale Markets and Legal in the Energy Systems division, leading on the provision of legal advice and on Ofgem’s oversight of the wholesale energy market, gas systems issues and settlement reform. In April 2018, she was appointed Director of Wholesale Markets and Commercial, and in August 2020, Director of Enforcement and Emerging Issues.
Before joining Ofgem, Cathryn worked in both the public and private sectors. She was the Deputy General Counsel at the Department for Transport, having headed up teams advising on aviation and rail regulation. She has extensive competition, regulatory and procurement law experience, having also worked for the Competition Commission and Linklaters EU and Competition Group. Previously, she worked in the litigation division of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and as Assistant to the European Speakers Counsel at the House of Commons. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
Philippa has been at Ofgem for more than a decade. Previous to her current role, she led our work to regulate the Electricity System Operator and to deliver legal separation of the Electricity System Operator within National Grid plc. As part of this, she oversaw the introduction of a new regulatory and incentives framework for the Electricity System Operator. She has previously led Ofgem’s work relating to the evolving distribution system operator role; security of supply, wholesale market design, including the Capacity Market, wholesale market conduct and smart metering.
Euan McVicar became General Counsel in August 2018. He is responsible for leading the Ofgem legal team, providing legal advice to GEMA and managing legal risk and is a member of the executive leadership team.
Before joining Ofgem Euan was General Counsel and Company Secretary at the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and was part of the team who took the bank through a successful privatisation process in 2017. Post-acquisition of GIB by the Macquarie Group, Euan took on the role of Head of Transaction Structuring within Macquarie Capital. Prior to this Euan was a partner in the law firm Pinsent Masons where he led the firm’s Energy Transactions and Advisory team.