As part of the annual competition for funding under the Electricity Network Innovation Competition the Expert Panel will advise the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority on its decision over which Project(s) should be awarded funding. The panel brings knowledge and expertise covering energy network industries, environmental policy, technical and engineering issues, economics and finance, and consumer interests.
The panel members are:
Jo Armstrong (Chair)
Jo is an independent economist with more than 30 years’ commercial experience. Having worked in both international structured finance and the oil and gas industry, Jo now advises regulatory bodies and provides microeconomic and public policy analysis for clients in the public, private and charitable sectors. She is an Honorary Professor of public policy at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow at the Institute of Directors and the RSA.
Alan is currently a non-executive board member of Scottish Water and chair of Viking Energy Shetland. He is also an advisor in the utilities industry. He was formerly Managing Director of Energy Networks and Generation at Scottish Power. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has served as a non-executive director of Iberdrola USA in New York.
Maxine Frerk is an independent consultant specialising in energy regulation with a particular focus on the consumer angle. She was previously at Ofgem for 15 years including having responsibility for consumer policy and latterly as Senior Partner responsible for regulation of the distribution networks. She is currently chair of SGN’s stakeholder panel and also chairs the supplier group overseeing consumer communications on smart metering.
Mike Kay is an independent consulting engineer, advising principally network companies in the UK. He was previously the Network Strategy and Business Services Director at Electricity North West. He chaired the Distribution Code Review Panel up to 2015. He is a fellow of the IET and the RSA.
Jiggy Lloyd is an independent strategic adviser on environmental policy and sustainable development. She works with corporate clients, the public sector and NGOs. Her background includes the extractive industry and senior executive roles in international utility groups. She also sits RIIO-ET1 Environmental Discretionary Reward Panel.