Regina Finn is the Chair of LCCC and ESC. She is a Director of Lucerna Partners, a consultancy specialising in public policy, economic regulation and competition and consumer policy and a non-executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee of Places for People, the UK’s largest social enterprise. She is also on the board of Motor Fuel Group – a forecourt operator. Regina has 20 years’ experience in utility regulation, including as Commissioner for Energy Regulation in Ireland, Director General of the Office of Utility Regulation for energy, post and telecommunications in Guernsey and as Deputy Director of ComReg, Ireland’s first economic regulator for the telecommunications sector. Regina’s previous non-executive positions include Chair of Mutual Energy Limited, non-executive director of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority and non-executive director of Irish Water. She was the first Chief Executive of Ofwat, the water regulator for England and Wales, where she served for seven years.
Neil McDermott has been the Chief Executive of the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) and the Electricity Settlements Company (ESC) since 2014. With over 25 years in the energy sector, he brings to the team a breadth of strategic, commercial and leadership skills gained across a range of environments having undertaken roles in management consulting, development of energy infrastructure projects, energy trading, asset operations and commercial origination. Previous companies include EDF Energy, Enron, Ernst & Young and National Power, the forerunner of RWE. He has served as a Board Director for over 20 years and since 2017, he has been an independent member of the BEIS Project Investment Committee.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, George is responsible for multiple areas of the business, including Finance, Procurement, Risk and Assurance, Analytics, Technology, Settlement and Scheme Operations, and Change Management. His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience across the energy industry in finance and leadership roles.
Prior to joining LCCC in 2019, George held senior positions in Orsted, Centrica and Shell giving him a broad and deep knowledge of the energy industry, and also how people in finance, technology and operations can come together to deliver excellent results. George’s commercial experience in sales-led businesses has also sharpened his ability to ensure that LCCC realises the best possible value for money in achieving outcomes on behalf of the end consumer.
George holds an M.Eng. in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and subsequently trained as a management accountant.
Senior Independent Director
Dr Maxine Mayhew is the Chief Operating Officer at Biffa. Maxine leads Biffa’s Collections and Specialist Services divisions and is focused on growing both businesses in line with their strategy. Maxine completed a PhD at Cranfield University in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in the water and utilities sector. During recent years, Maxine has focused on commercial leadership and strategy development and implementation, holding director roles that covered all aspects of the industry from operations and engineering, through to support services including health, safety, risk, security, procurement and marketing. She has also been an independent member of the Cranfield University Council and a non-executive director at Karbon Homes.
Gerard is the Finance Director of Mutual Energy, a mutual company which owns and manages strategic infrastructure energy assets in Northern Ireland's energy sector. He has board-level experience of large energy asset construction, major financing of infrastructure assets, and the regulatory challenges of decarbonising the electricity and gas networks. Gerard joined Mutual Energy in 2006 after five years with the Viridian Group, where he was Finance and Operations Manager with their unregulated energy supply business covering both the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland market. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and trained with Coopers and Lybrand in Belfast. Gerard has previous experience in the health, retail and energy sectors within Northern Ireland and brings his broad financial, risk and governance experience as well as his experience of other sectors.
Chris Murray MBE
Chris Murray is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. He is also chair of Water Resources South East, senior independent director of Mutual Energy Limited and a director of the Leicestershire hospice. Chris has over 45 years’ experience in the UK energy sector, including as CEO and director of Xoserve Limited (leading the company in successfully implementing the world's largest SAP-ISU platform). He also worked for many years in a range of positions with National Grid and its predecessor companies, including as interim chair of National Grid Gas plc, National Grid Electricity plc and National Grid Gas Holdings. Prior to this, Chris was CEO of Phoenix Natural Gas and, before that, General Manager for Accord Energy Limited. In his early career, Chris worked for British Gas. Chris’s previous non-executive positions have included chair of the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network, chair of the UK Energy Emergency Executive Committee, board member of the Energy Networks Association, board member of the Nexus Institute, board member of Energy and Utility skills, member of the Executive Committee of the National Joint Utilities Group, member of the Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee, director of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, council member of the CBI Northern Ireland and council member of the CBI North West.
Dr Steph Hurst
Dr Steph Hurst is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. She is also Deputy Director in the International Science and Innovation Directorate at BEIS, where she has held various senior positions for a number of years. Stephanie has considerable experience of the electricity industry, with her work including oversight of the energy retail and wholesale markets, cross cutting energy affordability matters, the levy control framework and the energy price cap. Steph is a career civil servant who has held senior positions in several Whitehall Departments including BEIS, Defra, the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Office.
Declan Burke is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. He is also Director, Nuclear Projects & Development at BEIS, where he has held senior positions for a number of years. Declan has considerable experience in the electricity industry, with his work including energy strategy and clean electricity deployment (e.g. renewables and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS)), Electricity Market Reform and civil nuclear projects. Declan has also worked for UK Government Investments, who are responsible for managing HMG’s interest in publicly owned companies. Prior to joining the civil service, Declan was a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank.
Amanda Aldridge is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. She is also a non-executive director and audit committee chair of Headlam Group plc, Impact Healthcare REIT plc and The Brunner investment Trust plc. Amanda has previously been on the Regulated Board of Places for People Group Limited and a non-executive director of two of its subsidiaries. Amanda is a chartered accountant and brings broad financial, risk and governance experience as well as her experience of other sectors. Amanda spent her executive career of some 30 years with KPMG (as a partner for some 20 years) before retiring from the firm in 2017.
Helen Lamprell is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. Helen is also the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of AVEVA Group plc, a leading industrial software business.
She has over two decades’ experience in the provision of expert legal counsel for businesses, with much of that spent at Vodafone where she led the Corporate and Commercial legal team, including on ground-breaking transactions such as the acquisition of Vodafone India and the disposal of Verizon Wireless. Latterly she was on the board of Vodafone UK where she was responsible for a wide portfolio including external communications, security, regulation, government affairs and legal.
Helen is a strong believer in the power of businesses to drive positive change, from the empowerment of women to the treatment of mental health in the workplace and is a director of the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse. Helen was awarded an OBE in the 2019 honours list for services to business and equality.