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Portsmouth Water and Sembcorp Energy UK have both welcomed new blood to the boardroom, while Wales & West bids farewell to one of its founding directors and electric vehicle charging network Engenie unviels the former global product director at McDonald’s as its new chief technology officer.
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Labour MP Darren Jones has been elected as the new chair of the business, energy and industrial strategy committee. The Bristol North West MP takes over from Rachel Reeves, who stepped down from the post to rejoin Labour’s front bench as shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
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Thames Water has announced Severn Trent’s Sarah Bentley as its new chief executive – almost a year after Steve Robertson left the role. Bentley, who is currently chief customer officer at Severn Trent, will start in the autumn on an annual salary of £750,000 – an increase from her predecessor’s £610,000 basic salary in 2018/19.
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After less than a month in the role on an interim basis, Centrica’s Chris O’Shea has been confirmed as the company’s new chief executive, described by recently appointed chairman Scott Wheway as “comprehensively the best candidate”. Utility Week speaks to industry sources to find out what issues the new boss will be expected to tackle during a difficult time for the sector.
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Former Labour leader and DECC secretary Ed Miliband made a surprise return to his old brief when he was appointed to Sir Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet. But what influence will he have and how have his years in the political wilderness changed his thinking on energy issues? David Blackman talks to former colleagues - and adversaries - of Miliband about his views on decarbonisation, energy prices, nationalisation and what approach he is likely to take in holding the government to account.
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We are pleased to introduce our new editorial board, who will help to guide our coverage in this unprecedented time of change. We have brought together a panel of experts in energy networks, retail, water, regulation, policy and innovation. They will be advising on our coverage as well as lending their voices to upcoming articles and webinars.
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Incoming Ofwat chair Iain Coucher has outlined his four priorities for his tenure that include addressing river water quality in rivers and boosting water companies' financial resilience by ensuring boards and executives take responsibility. He will succeed Jonson Cox who is set to step down at the end of June after 10 years as chair of the regulator.
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In our latest round-up of industry appointments ,the Committee on Fuel Poverty has unveiled three new members, with one being a former Ofgem director and another holding a senior position at National Grid. Elsewhere energy retailer Ovo has revealed its new chief customer officer.
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New chief executives have been unveiled at United Utilities and Electricity North West, following the retirement of Steve Mogford and Peter Emery respectively.
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Over the past eight months the Utility Week editorial team have been recording the split of male and female interviewees and contributors across our coverage. Editor James Wallin looks at the progress made and urges the sector to help us do more.
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Our latest round-up of appointments across the sector, includes former National Grid chief executive Nick Winser joining the National Infrastructure Commission. Other notable moves include at CCW, Women’s Utilities Network and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
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Our latest round-up of appointments from across the utilities sector includes an interim chief operating officer to step in while Energy UK’s chief executive Emma Pinchbeck is on maternity leave. Elsewhere in the sector, Ofgem has unveiled a new head of price cap delivery and South Staffs Water and Cambridge Water have appointed new directors.
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Defra has named Ian Coucher, chief executive of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, as its preferred candidate to replace Johnson Cox as the chair of Ofwat. Subject to a final decision by secretary of state George Eustice, Coucher will take up the position on 1 July.
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Yorkshire Water chief executive Liz Barber has announced her retirement after almost 12 years with the company, with former National Grid executive director Nicola Shaw to take on the role from May.
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The start of the new financial year has brought a flurry of moves and shakes across energy and water sectors including a new leadership structure at SSE Renewables, directorate change at Anglian, and SES Water’s chair stepping down after nine years.
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Electricity North West has revealed its chief executive of six years, Peter Emery, is to retire. The distribution network operator said Emery had made the decision for personal reasons and that he would continue in the role until his successor is appointed.
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The Energy Networks Association has announced its chief executive David Smith is stepping down from the position at the end of this year following nearly two decades at the organisation. Smith joined the organisation in July 2003, serving as deputy chief executive until his promotion to chief executive in October 2007.
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In our latest round-up of industry appointments Electricity North West has announced the appointment of its first ever female engineering director and a former VP at Ovo has joined Utility Warehouse as its new chief commercial officer. Elsewhere Centrica has unveiled its new senior independent director while Smart Metering Systems' new CEO takes charge.
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