We are an independent non-ministerial government department set up to ensure the effective regulation of the Electricity, Gas and Water and Sewerage industries in Northern Ireland.

Our Board

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.

Board Members

Bill Emery

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.

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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. 

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William Cargo

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. 

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Richard Rodgers

Mr Richard Rodgers became a board member of the Utility Regulator in January 2011 and has nearly 30 years’ experience in the natural gas and energy service industries. He is currently with the Strategic Investment Board in the role of Project Director for the development of EnergyWise, a domestic energy efficiency initiative being developed by the Northern Ireland Executive.  He started his career with British Gas working in Manchester, Edinburgh and London. More recently, Richard worked for Carillion 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.

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Teresa Perchard

Ms Teresa Perchard became a board member on 1 September 2013.  She has nearly 30 years experience of consumer affairs policy and advocacy in a number of markets.  This includes nine years experience working in both the Office of Water Services and the Office of Rail Regulation.  Until June 2013 she was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice, where she worked for more than 13 years.  Ms Perchard now holds a number of non-executive and advisory roles concerned with consumer protection and regulation.  These include Chair of the Affinity Water Customer Scrutiny Group, Consumer Champion for CIGA, the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency across the UK and Council member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers in England and Wales.  She is also Deputy Chair of the Fairbanking Foundation.  Until March 2015 she was Vice-Chair of the UK Government’s Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (England) and was a member of that group for 10 years.

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Alex Wiseman

Mr Alex Wiseman became a board member of the Utility Regulator in November 2015. Alex has over twenty years’ experience in utility regulation and strategy. He was Regulation Director at a UK gas network and prior to that Head of Strategic Planning at an electricity and water utility.  Alex has non-executive director experience at a large NHS Foundation Trust as well as at xoserve, the organisation responsible for managing UK gas data and meter point administration, and also within the not-for-profit sector.  Alex has an MBA and is a qualified management accountant.  For the last six years, Alex has been an independent consultant completing interim assignments for Regulators and Government as well as numerous consultancy projects across gas, water and electricity both in the UK and in Europe.

Jon Carlton

Mr Jon Carlton became a board member of the Utility Regulator in November 2015.  Jon is a Chartered Engineer who worked in the electricity and gas industry for 35 years, principally for National Grid and in both the UK and USA.  This culminated in Board positions of two significant subsidiary businesses of National Grid.  He now runs his own consultancy business as well as performing a number of Non-Executive and advisory roles.  These include Chairing the Board of National Grid Electricity Group Trustee Limited (one of National Grid’s pension schemes) and a Non-Executive Directorship of ENTRUST, the Regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund.  Jon is Vice-Chair of Governors at North Oxfordshire Academy, taking a lead on raising the profile of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.  He is also a founder member of Driving Ambition, a project run by Fellows of the RSA aimed at building links between businesses and schools and colleges in North Oxfordshire.  He is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Member of the Institute of Asset Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Board Minutes

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 2016 are listed below:

11 February 2016
18 March 2016
19 May 2016

All other Board minutes can be found in the publications section.