Regina Finn

Regina Finn Sep 2019

Chair

Regina Finn is the Chair of LCCC and ESC.  She is also a director of Lucerna Partners, a consultancy specialising in public policy, economic regulation and competition and consumer policy.  Regina has 20 years’ experience in utility regulation, including as 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.  She was also a Commissioner for Energy Regulation in Ireland, dealing with electricity and natural gas.  Regina has held a number of board positions, including 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. Regina started her career in the Irish Civil Service.

Neil McDermott

Neil McDermott Jun 2019

Chief Executive

Neil McDermott is the Chief Executive and a Board Director of Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) and Electricity Settlements Company (ESC). Neil joined LCCC and ESC in 2014 and led the set up and growth of the companies where, today, they manage  large portfolios of Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market agreements, with pivotal roles in contract management, settlements and development of the these key markets.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector and brings strong strategic, commercial, regulatory and operational skills working predominantly in the electricity generation and wholesale markets.  Neil has held a range of leadership roles in new infrastructure project development, joint ventures, energy trading, infrastructure operations and commercial management.  He has worked across the range of electricity generation types including gas and renewables.  Prior to his current role, he held positions at EDF Energy, Enron, Ernst & Young and National Power. 

George Pitt

George Pitt

Chief Financial Officer

George has many years’ experience both in senior leadership roles in finance and within the energy sector, in particular in recent years in the B2B energy supply arena. Having graduated from Oxford, George went on to work at Shell, Centrica and Orsted before coming to Low Carbon Contracts Company in 2019. George is an adaptable finance professional with a track record of building teams, processes, systems and controls needed to enable growth. George is able to effectively communicate value-enhancing proposals to diverse audiences, and then work across businesses to drive delivery. 

Maxine Mayhew

Maxine Mayhew

Senior Independent Director

Dr Maxine Mayhew is Managing Director of Natural Resources for Costain, the technology based engineering solutions provider, where she is responsible for developing and delivering the group’s services across energy, water and transportation markets, as well as managing Profit and Loss (P&L) statement delivery and driving the group’s consultancy capability. 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 is also an independent member of the Cranfield University Council and a non-executive director at Karbon Homes.

Gerard McIlroy

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Non-Executive Director

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 2010 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 Jun 2019

Non-Executive Director

Chris Murray is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. He is also chair of APX3 Limited, non-executive director of Mutual Energy Limited, special adviser to the Energy & Utility Skills Board and chairman of the LOROS Business Development and Retail Committees. Chris has over 40 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, 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

Non-Executive Director

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

Declan Burke

Non-Executive Director

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

Amanda Aldridge

Non-Executive Director

Amanda Aldridge is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC.  She is a non-executive director of Headlam Group plc and Impact Healthcare REIT plc, where she is also chair of the audit committee, and Brunner Investment Trust plc, where she is audit committee chair designate.  Amanda is 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

Helen Lamprell

Non-Executive Director

Helen Lamprell is a non-executive director of LCCC and ESC. Helen is General Counsel and Director of External Affairs at Vodafone UK, where she has been responsible for core areas including legal, sustainability, media relations, government affairs, regulatory, risk, compliance and corporate security since 2014.  

She has over two decades’ experience in the provision of expert legal counsel for businesses, with over half of that spent at Vodafone Group where she led the Corporate and Commercial legal team, including on transactions such as the acquisition of Vodafone India and the disposal of Verizon Wireless. She has also overseen Vodafone’s seamless transition to remote working and the implementation of Brexit for the Group.

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.