Our Board is made up of a non-executive Chairman, three non-executive members and the Chief Executive.
The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring that it meets its legal obligations. The most recent minutes of Board meetings are available by clicking the links below.
Bill Emery joined the Utility Regulator as its non-executive chairman on 1 July 2012. Dr Emery is a civil engineer with a PhD in public health engineering who worked on major capital works and corporate planning before becoming a regulator in 1990. He has over 20 years experience in regulation. He was chief executive of the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain’s railways for six years, retiring in June 2011. During his time at ORR, he directed the successful amalgamation of ORR and HSE (Rail) to form a unified safety and economic regulator, directed the first periodic review of Network Rail and the rail sector that concluded in late 2008, and oversaw significant improvements in the performance of the sector. Prior to working at ORR, he worked in senior positions in the Office of Water Services (Ofwat) for 15 years. As director of costs and performance and chief engineer, he was responsible for monitoring the performance of regulated companies, delivery of investment programmes, comparative competition regime, planning and technical aspects of water price reviews, and interfacing with quality regulators and government departments. As well as being chairman of the Utility Regulator, Bill is also currently non-executive chair of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), a cross sectoral group of regulators, regulated enterprises and academics with the aim of helping improve regulation across Europe. He also advises several British companies on regulation. Bill has been a magistrate on the Sheffield bench for over 30 years.
Jenny Pyper - Chief Executive
Jenny Pyper joined the Utility Regulator as Chief Executive on 1 November 2013. Jenny is a BSc Honours graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast who joined the NI Civil Service in 1985. She was appointed to the senior civil service in 2004 as director of energy policy in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment where she managed policy and legislative responsibilities in relation to the electricity, gas and renewable energy industries in Northern Ireland. She moved to take up the post of director of regional planning and transportation in the Department for Regional Development. She was promoted to deputy secretary in the Department for Social Development in July 2011, with responsibility for urban regeneration and community development.
In January 2011, Mr William Cargo became a board member of the Utility Regulator. He has held a number of senior management posts in both the private and public sector within the UK and international energy industry. From 2004 to 2010 he was an Executive Director of Mutual Energy and Managing Director for its gas business. Prior to this he worked for the BG Group which included a time as Chief Executive for Premier Power and Engineering Director with Phoenix Natural Gas during the introduction of natural gas to Northern Ireland. Mr Cargo has served on the boards of private and mutual energy companies and has a detailed understanding of the gas and electricity industries.
Mr Richard Rodgers became a board member of the Utility Regulator in January 2011 and has over 25 years experience in the natural gas and heating industries. He started his career with British Gas working in Manchester, Edinburgh and London. He worked for Carillion plc (which acquired Eaga plc) from 2008 until 2013 as Managing Director, International, looking after businesses in Canada, India and Ireland including the development of international licensing of EcoPod, the innovative heating system designed initially to tackle fuel poverty in high-rise social housing tower blocks and dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Prior to this he worked for Phoenix Natural Gas in Belfast from 1996 to 2008, initially with responsibility for business planning and regulatory matters. In 2000, he was appointed Business Development Director with responsibility for a wide range of areas including marketing communications, PR, public affairs, gas procurement and regulation. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Mr David Strahan became a board member of the Utility Regulator on 1 September 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant and commenced his career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belfast. In 2003 he joined Phoenix Natural Gas Ltd and in 2006 was appointed Managing Director of Phoenix Supply Ltd, the largest natural gas supplier in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership he was responsible for the strategic expansion of the Phoenix Group into the Republic of Ireland and Phoenix rapidly grew to become the second largest natural gas supplier on the island of Ireland. David joined Dee Valley Group plc in 2012 and is currently Finance Director with responsibility for the Group’s finance and corporate service functions.
Mr Harold McCracken became a board member on 1 September 2013. He held a number of roles in Viridian/NIE, retiring in 2011 as Managing Director of NIE. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of two companies, Simple Power Ltd and Winder Electrical Holdings.
Ms Teresa Perchard became a board member on 1 September 2013.. She has nine years experience working in both the Office of Water Services and in the Office of Rail Regulation. Until June 2013 she was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice, having worked for Citizens Advice for more than 13 years. Ms Perchard is currently Vice-Chair of the UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (England); board Director of the energy industry’s Central Delivery Body for co-ordinating communications about the roll out of smart meters across Great Britain; and board Director of the Trading Standards Institute’s Consumer Code Approvals Board (CCAB). She is also a member of the board of the Personal Finance Society and the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board Consumer Advisory Panel.
Copies of Board minutes for the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (which was formally established from 1 April 2007) and its predecessor organisations can be found in the publication section.
Board minutes relating to meetings that have taken place during 2013 are listed below:
All other Board minutes can be found in the publications section.