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 Armstrong is an experienced business economist non-executive director, with experience in the UK public, 3rd and private sectors. In addition to being the Expert Panel Chair, Jo is a Member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Scotland’s independent economic regulator for water and waste water services, is a Non-executive Director of the Wheatley Housing Group and is the Independent Chair of the West of Scotland HUB PPP company. Jo’s executive career was in business economics, structured finance and risk management covering the financial services sector, upstream oil and gas and within the Scottish Government. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Rebecca is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde whose work focuses on socio-technical energy transitions, bringing together social science and technical insights to inform policy and practice shifts. She is also the Research Director of the EnergyREV consortium, which brings together over 50 researchers from 22 universities to work alongside policymakers, businesses, and energy industry organisations to inform the UK’s transition toward smart local energy systems.
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.