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Leadership team

Profiles of our Executive team and Board.

Executive team

Ross Easton

Ross is Interim Chief Executive at ENA until the arrival of Lawrence Slade in February. He joined the organisation in January 2020. He leads ENA's External Affairs team to deliver high-quality public affairs, digital and media engagement on behalf of our members.

Ross has 16 years of experience advising senior leaders, including CEOs, Board Directors and Cabinet ministers at the heart of government.

He began his career in the energy industry at SSE in 2006, where he spent seven years in the Corporate Affairs function before holding similar roles at The Weir Group and Network Rail. He moved into the UK Government in 2017 as a civil servant working in the area of building safety policy and supporting Dame Judith Hackitt with the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

In 2019 he became Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, where he worked on New Decade, New Approach, a deal which restored the government of the Northern Ireland Executive after a three-year hiatus.

He holds a degree in Business and Management Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies with Distinction, and a Diploma in Professional Public Relations. He is a member of the Transport+Energy Editorial Board and a judge for the PRCA Communications Awards.

James Earl

James is Director of Gas at ENA. He joined us in August 2022 and has over 10 years of experience in the energy sector. James leads ENA’s gas team and has overall responsibility for the ENA’s gas activities, including input into the Gas Goes Green programme.

James began his career in the energy industry at the GB electricity and gas markets regulator Ofgem, where he spent seven years working across a multitude of regulation and policy projects, in both gas and electricity and in both GB and Europe.

James has most recently been working as a consultant at the professional services firm KPMG in their Energy and Natural Resources team. As an Associate Director at KPMG, James specialised in the future of gas, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, working extensively with the gas networks as well as government, industrials, prospective hydrogen producers and investors.

He holds a Masters degree in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London, as well as a Bachelors in Economics.

Alison Heath

Alison joined the energy industry in 1985 working first within the Industrial Relations team and then in the Company Secretary’s department at the Electricity Council. Following the privatisation of the industry in 1990 she moved to the Electricity Association and in 2003 was part of the initial team in the formation of the Energy Networks Association (ENA).

She was appointed Director Corporate Services and Company Secretary in 2008 with responsibility for company legal and secretarial, human resources, finance, events, IT, radio teleswitch and facilities management.

Alison is Company Secretary of Northmere Limited, a member of the Social Sustainability Working Group with Eurelectric (the sector association which represents the common interests of the electricity industry at European level) and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

Alison is a trained mediator and a mental health first aider.

Paul McGimpsey

Paul is Director, Markets & Regulation at ENA, with responsibility for influencing the regulatory environment in the delivery of efficient, sustainable and secure networks through the RIIO price control process, and wider work on policy and regulation.

Paul joined the organisation in June 2019, on secondment from SP Energy Networks, to lead the ENA's secretariat team, providing expert facilitation and support to Ofgem's Network Access and Targeted Charging significant code reviews.

Paul has 25 years of experience in the industry on commercial and regulatory matters across transmission and distribution, most recently leading on the development of SP Energy Networks' whole system strategy for its RIIO-ED2 business plan.

Paul has an honours degree in Commerce and Information Management and a Masters in Business Administration.

Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of senior leaders within each of ENA’s member companies, with a Chairperson appointed every two years. ENA's Chief Executive also sits on the Board.

  • Phil Jones, Chairperson

    Phil is Chairperson of Energy Networks Association and the President and Chief Executive of member company Northern Powergrid. He has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993. He is a chartered electrical engineer and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the energy industry.

  • Chris Bennett

    Chris is currently Interim President, Electricity Transmission at National Grid and over the last five years has been Director of UK Regulation with a primary focus on RIIO-2 price controls. Other key activities include running a successful Customer and Stakeholder transformation programme for UK businesses and leading our industry engagement in our role in delivering Net Zero.

    Chris has nearly 30 years’ experience in the UK Utility sector and has previously held senior commercial and operational roles in National Grid’s Gas Distribution, Metering and Transmission businesses. Chris is also a non-Exec of Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) and had previously sat on the Board of Cadent Gas and Xoserve.

  • Graham Edwards OBE

    Graham is Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities (WWU). He has held the role since the organisation began in 2005, following the acquisition of the gas networks from National Grid. Prior to joining WWU he held senior positions in the electricity and water sectors, with South Wales Electricity plc, Hyder plc and RWE Thames Water. Graham is a non-executive Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the University of South Wales. He has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • Steve Fraser

    Steve is Chief Executive of Cadent. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing and transforming infrastructure businesses latterly as Chief Operating Officer and a main board Director of the FTSE 100 water company United Utilities. Steve has a degree in Management Studies and a Masters in Engineering Management from UMIST he holds a diploma in Advanced Management from Harvard University.

  • Mark Horsley

    Mark has been Chief Executive Officer of Northern Gas Networks (NGN) since 2011. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Since joining NGN the company has transformed its approach to customer service, securing twelve national accolades for customer and employee experience, including a National Business Award for ‘Customer Focus’. Mark held the post of Chair of Energy Networks Association from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed Non-Executive Director of the EIC in September 2017.

  • Derek Hynes

    Derek Hynes was appointed Managing Director of NIE Networks in September 2022.  He is a director of Energy Networks Association Ltd, Centre for Competitiveness and Smart Grid Ireland. He joined ESB in 2000 where he held a number of senior management positions, mostly within ESB Networks DAC, the independent ring-fenced subsidiary within ESB Group, including as Head of Project Delivery and Network Operations Manager. He was also Residential Ireland Manager of Electric Ireland, a retail business within ESB.

    He is a chartered engineer with post graduate qualifications in Operations Management and Corporate Governance and he has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University.

  • Vicky Kelsall

    Vicky Kelsall brings over thirty years’ experience in the energy sector, working across electricity networks in the UK and US alongside retail in the UK.  She has worked in international roles for Scottish Power with PacifiCorp and, most recently, with its parent group Iberdrola in North America at Avangrid.  Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of SP Energy Networks, responsible for all transmission and distribution operations.

  • Clive Linsdell

    Clive has specialised in developing competitive utilities for over 20 years. Since 2006 he has led BUUK through a period of growth to become the UK’s No1 utility new connections provider. Prior to joining BUUK, Clive worked in a wide variety of roles in the Water, Gas and Electricity sectors.

  • Rob McDonald

    Rob is Managing Director of Transmission at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). Prior to this Rob was SSE’s Managing Director Corporate and Business Services covering Legal, Regulation, Compliance, Safety and Large Capital Projects Services across the Group. Rob joined Southern Electric in 1997 and held various managerial roles within the Regulation Group including SSE’s Director of Regulation and Managing Director, Regulation and Strategy. In July 2006 he was appointed as a Board Director of Scotia Gas Networks plc. Prior to that Rob worked as an economist with the Office of Electricity Regulation (OFFER).

  • Basil Scarsella

    Basil is Chief Executive Officer and Director of UK Power Networks, owned by the CK Group. Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from 2005, also owned by the CK Group. Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant. He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport.

  • Fintan Slye

    Fintan Slye is Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid.

    Prior to joining National Grid, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity transmission system operator and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He led a process of significant change within the company which included a programme on integrating renewables onto the Irish electricity grid and a new approach to public consultation and engagement. Fintan has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Entso-e (the European organisation for Transmission System Operators) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland. He also worked for McKinsey supporting clients across Ireland, the UK and Europe, as well as holding roles in ESB National Grid and ESB International.

    He is a graduate of University College Dublin, from where he holds a Masters in Engineering Science and an MBA. Fintan has a deep knowledge of the industry and is passionate about decarbonisation, and was proud to announce (on 1 April 2019) the ESO’s ambition to operate the system with zero carbon by 2025.

  • Ian Smyth

    Ian joined Electricity North West in 2022 as Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to Electricity North West Ian was a member of the executive committee of UK Power Networks leading the commercial division and serving some the UK’s largest enterprises including Ministry of Defence, Heathrow Airport, Network Rail and High Speed 1.

    Previously Ian worked with governments, regulators and utilities in electricity, water and gas across international markets. His leadership roles included Managing Director for Europe Middle East and Asia for Navigant/Guidehouse, Partner leading Energy Utilities and Regulated Industries for LCP and as consultant for Ernst & Young.

    Ian has a BA(Hons) in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Birmingham.

  • Phil Swift

    Phil is Presedent of National Grid Electricity Distribution, a role he has held since November 2018. He joined Western Power Distribution (now National Grid Electricity Distribution) in 1992 following experience in the aerospace industry. With a degree in engineering and business, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within the company. He has led the team responsible for the overall delivery of the organisation's ‘Well Justified Business Plan’ to Ofgem as part of the RIIO-ED1 process, and in July 2013, he was appointed to the Board as Operations Director.

  • Mark Wild

    Mark Wild has more than 30 years of experience leading complex and critical infrastructure. An Engineer with Hons Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. Mark started his career in the electricity sector, but the majority of his experience has been in transportation. He has had a long career in operating and building major transportation infrastructure. Mark is the former Managing Director of Westinghouse Signals and was the CEO of Public Transport Victoria. Mark is the former Managing Director of London Underground and the former CEO of Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure programme. Mark took up the role of CEO for SGN, one of the UK’s largest gas distribution networks, on 15 August 2022.