Directors

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Here you can view the profiles and biographies of our directors.

CEO

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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Consumers and Markets

Mary Starks

Mary Starks

Executive Director

Full biographical profile will be published soon.

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Rob Salter-Church

Director, Retail Systems Transformation

Rob joined Ofgem in November 2013 to lead our work on smart metering and smarter markets, having worked in a number of departments in central Government for more than a decade, advising various Cabinet Ministers and the Head of the Civil Service on a range of policy areas, but with a particular focus on energy. Rob has worked as an economic advisor in HM Treasury leading on energy market issues, as well as the Department of Energy and Climate Change, covering a range of issues such as new nuclear power, electricity market reform, retail markets and carbon capture and storage.

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark

Programme Director, Retail Systems Transformation

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Anna Rossington

Anna Rossington

Deputy Director, Retail Systems Transformation

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Philippa Pickford

Philippa Pickford

Interim Director, Future Retail Markets

Philippa is the interim Director of our Future Retail Markets Portfolio. This team is responsible for developing a future retail market, which supports innovation and delivers better outcomes for all consumers as part of a low-carbon, smarter energy system.  

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.

Neil Barnes

Neil Barnes

Deputy Director, Future Retail Markets

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher

Deputy Director, Future Retail Markets

Paul is Deputy Director for the Consumer Engagement Team within Future Retail Markets. He is responsible for Ofgem’s consumer engagement strategy aimed at driving greater demand side competition in the retail energy market. He leads on the design and delivery of the services we plan to deploy using the energy customer database recommended by the CMA.  This work includes overseeing delivery of various engagement trials testing the effectiveness of collective switches for disengaged consumers alongside other information based trials. 

Paul joined Ofgem in April 2014 as Associate Director for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) environmental scheme and in July 2016 took the lead on delivering the CMA database remedy following the conclusion of the CMA’s final retail market investigation.

After graduating from Durham university, he started his career as a management consultant where he specialised in delivering IT enabled change for public sector clients.  Before joining Ofgem, Paul held a number of strategy and operational leadership roles at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including as private secretary to the Minister for Work.  He holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is currently studying part-time for his MBA at Warwick Business School, Warwick University.  

Anthony Pygram

Director, Conduct and Enforcement

Anthony Pygram became Director for Conduct and Enforcement in April 2018. He is responsible for Ofgem’s oversight of retail and wholesale markets, including taking action to address or prevent problems arising, and for all of Ofgem’s enforcement activity, ensuring strong signals are sent to the market about the standards that are expected. Anthony joined Ofgem in 2011 and has at different times since then been Partner for Enforcement & Competition Policy and for Consumers. From July to December 2015 Anthony headed up Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Division.

Before joining Ofgem Anthony was an Inquiry Director at the Competition Commission, leading, amongst other things, investigations into payment protection insurance and whether BAA should be required to sell Stansted Airport. Prior to this, Anthony held various posts at the (then) Department of Trade & Industry. Anthony’s early career was in research and development of industrial materials.

Charles Hargreaves

Deputy Director, Enforcement

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Kiera Schoenemann

Deputy Director, Monitoring and Compliance

Kiera Schoenemann became the Deputy Director, Monitoring and Compliance in September 2018. She is responsible for ensuring Ofgem has a clear picture of what’s happening in retail and wholesale markets, and can act swiftly to protect consumers where issues are identified. Kiera joined Ofgem in 2014 and prior to her current role led Ofgem’s work on principles-based regulation in the retail market, longer-term future supply market design and enforcement and compliance policy.

Before joining Ofgem, Kiera worked for the Victorian Government in Australia on with a focus on smart meter benefits realisation, uptake of time-of-use tariffs and improving consumer engagement with the retail energy market more generally. Prior to this, Kiera worked across several Canadian federal departments, including on upstream energy sector innovation and economic diversification. She holds a masters in public policy and public administration, with a focus on economic policy.

Systems and Networks

Jonathan Brearley

Jonathan Brearley

Executive Director

Jonathan was appointed Executive Director of Systems and Networks from 1 April 2018. 

He is responsible for energy systems strategy, leads on regulation of price controls for the distribution and transmission networks for gas and electricity (RIIO) and leads on the interconnector and offshore transmission regimes. 

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. 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.

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Akshay Kaul

Director, Network Price Controls

Akshay is responsible for the economic regulation of transmission and distribution networks in the gas and electricity sectors in Great Britain, including the development of the next generation of network price controls called RIIO2. He joined Ofgem in 2017, and was previously responsible for the delivery of multi-billion pound investment regimes in the onshore and offshore transmission, and cross-border interconnection sectors.  

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.

Julie Black

Julie Black

Programme Director, Network Price Controls

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Geoffrey Randall

Deputy Director, Gas Network Price Controls

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Min Zhu

Min Zhu

Deputy Director, Electricity Transmission Network Price Controls

Min Zhu became Deputy Director for Electricity Transmission Price Control in April 2018. She is responsible for the implementation of the current price control RIIO-1 and development of the next price control RIIO-2 for the electricity transmission sector. She also leads on the setting of the output requirements and financial incentives to drive long-term consumer value in asset management across gas and electricity networks. Before this role she has led a range of areas of the electricity transmission regulation including: determination of efficient costs of network investment onshore and offshore, the tender regime for offshore transmission, transmission charging and access arrangements, and technical codes and standards. 

Prior to joining Ofgem in 2003, Min held various posts in system planning and commercial development departments in National Grid. She has a PhD in electrical engineering from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Engineer.

Steven McMahon

Steven McMahon

Deputy Director, Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls and Cross Sector Policy

Steven McMahon became Deputy Director for Electricity Distribution Network Price Controls and Cross Sector Policy in April 2018. He is responsible for the implementation of the current price control for the electricity distribution sector (RIIO-ED1) and the development of the next price control that will run from April 2023. He also leads on cross sector policy issues for all the RIIO price controls including innovation, competition, and key issues relating to the financial framework.

Steven joined Ofgem in January 2017 from Transport Scotland where he was Head of Strategy and Funding for Scotland’s rail infrastructure programme. Prior to this he held a number of economist roles across both the Scottish and UK Government.

Cathryn Scott

Director, Wholesale Markets and Commercial

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. 

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.

Peter Bingham

Peter Bingham

Chief Engineer

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Mark Copley

Mark Copley

Deputy Director, Wholesale Markets and Commercial

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Frances Warburton

Director, Energy System Transition

Frances joined Ofgem in January 2015 and is the directorfor Energy Systems Transmission, with responsibility for the integration and transition of energy systems. This involves overseeing all aspects of network charging, access and system operation across the electricity and gas networks, and leading Ofgem’s work on the future of gas and heat.

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. 

Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess

Deputy Director, Energy System Transition

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Louise van Rensburg

Interim Deputy Director, Energy System Transition

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Office for Research and Economics

Joe Perkins

Joe Perkins

Chief Economist

Joe Perkins joined Ofgem as Chief Economist in July 2016. He is responsible for Ofgem’s analytical strategy and quality assurance, and analysis of potential energy sector developments. He leads Ofgem’s economics profession, promoting the quality of analysis across Ofgem, and represents Ofgem economics in external forums. He is a member of the Government Economic Service board and is Ofgem’s senior representative on the UK Regulators Network.

Joe was previously director for regulation, consumers and competition at the National Audit Office, responsible for value for money audits of economic and financial regulation and the competition and consumer protection regimes. He has also worked as an economist at HM Treasury and Oxford University. 

Delivery

Sarah Cox

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Cox joined Ofgem as Chief Operating Officer in May 2016. She is responsible for ensuring the efficient structure and running of the organisation along with the successful implementation of Ofgem’s strategic priorities and delivery of its Forward Work Programme. Sarah is Senior Responsible Officer for the Great Working Environment Programme, bringing people together in new locations in London and Glasgow in newly designed premises that support smarter and more flexible working. Sarah also works closely with the UK regulatory network business improvement forum focussing on identifying key improvements and with a lead role in the joint shared services initiative.

Prior to joining Ofgem Sarah held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and DWP. Her roles include Head of Project Delivery and Digital Development in DWP, Director for Universal Credit Programme Co-ordination in DWP, Head of Business Planning and Programme Management for the London 2012 Olympics and Director for Strategy and Planning in the Cabinet Office.

Patricia Dreghorn

Patricia Dreghorn

Director, E-Serve

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.

Office of General Counsel

Euan McVicar

Euan McVicar

General Counsel

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.

Jonathan Spence

Jonathan Spence

Director, Legal

Full biographical profile will be published soon. 

Carola Geist-Divver

Carola Geist-Divver

Director, Legal

Carola is one of the legal directors primarily looking after the Consumers and Markets division. She joined Ofgem in 2013. She heads the legal team advising on enforcement policy and enforcement casework, compliance, the innovation link, better regulation and information law.

Carola has extensive experience of practising law in the public sector. Prior to joining Ofgem, Carola held positions as deputy legal director in the Cabinet Office, the Department of Culture, Media and Sports and the Department for Education. Previously she was a senior lawyer in local government.

David Ashbourne

David Ashbourne

Director, Legal

Full biographical profile will be published soon.

James Robinson

James Robinson

Acting Legal Director

James joined Ofgem in 2014 and is currently an Acting Legal Director in the Office of the General Counsel, responsible for leading the E-Serve Legal team and providing legal support to the E-Serve division, which administers a wide range of renewable energy and social schemes on behalf of government. Before joining Ofgem James was a senior lawyer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he worked in a number of advisory roles and was a legislative drafting specialist. He joined Defra from the law Commission, where he worked on law reform projects in the commercial and common law field. James began his career at the Bar and also spent a number of years as a lecturer on the Bar Vocational Course.

Sukhinder Lalli

Sukhinder Lalli

Deputy Director, Legal

Sukhinder joined Ofgem in 2011 and is currently a Deputy Director in the Office of the General Counsel. Since April 2018 he has been responsible for leading the Systems Legal team and providing legal support to the Systems and Networks Division in respect of; EU law and the implementation of European Network Codes; Brexit; reforms to gas and electricity charging; regulation of the Electricity System Operator; determinations and the Capacity Market. Sukhinder is also Inquiry Director and leads Ofgem’s engagement with the Northern Ireland Renewable Heath Incentive Public Inquiry.

Before joining Ofgem Sukhinder was a senior lawyer within Government. This included working at the Department of Energy and Climate Change on nuclear safety and security and new nuclear.  Prior to that position he was deployed at the Treasury Solicitor in the Home Office Public Law litigation team. In his early career Sukhinder worked in private practice in the field of insurance litigation.

Declan Tomany

Declan Tomany

Deputy Director, Legal

Full biographical profile will be published soon.