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.

Who we are

The Utility Regulator is responsible for regulating the electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries in Northern Ireland, promoting the short- and long-term interests of consumers. 

The Utility Regulator has recently re-structured into the following key functional areas: Compliance and Network Operations, Finance and Network Assets, Wholesale, Retail and Consumer Protection and Corporate Affairs. Our new organisational chart is available here.

Our Mission

Value and sustainability in energy and water.

Our Vision

We will make a difference for consumers by listening, innovating and leading.

Our Values

Be a best practice regulator: transparent, consistent, proportional, accountable, and targeted Be a united team Be collaborative and co-operative
One organisation, many strengths
Be professional
Grow and learn as professionals
Listen and explain
Open and straightforward
Make a difference
Add value, be accountable for performance
Act with integrity
We act with integrity

The Utility Regulator is the independent non-ministerial government department responsible for regulating Northern Ireland’s electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries, to promote the short and long-term interests of consumers.

We are not a policy-making department of Government, but we make sure that the energy and water utility industries in Northern Ireland are regulated and developed within ministerial policy as set out in our statutory duties.

We are governed by a Board of Directors and are accountable to the Northern Ireland Assembly through financial and annual reporting obligations.

We are based at Queens House in the centre of Belfast. The Chief Executive, Jenny Pyper, leads a management team of directors representing each of the key functional areas in the organisation: Compliance and Network Operations (Tanya Hedley), Finance and Network Assets (Brian McHugh), Wholesale (Jo Aston), Retail and Consumer Protection (Kevin Shiels) and Corporate Affairs (Donald Henry). The staff team includes economists, engineers, accountants, utility specialists, legal advisors and administration professionals.

Board Members


  • Photo of Tanya Hedley

    Tanya Hedley

    Director of Electricity

  • Photo of Brian McHugh

    Brian McHugh

    Director of Gas

  • Photo of Jo Aston

    Jo Aston

    Director of Water

  • Photo of Donald Henry

    Donald Henry

    Director of Corporate Affairs

  • Photo of Kevin Shiels

    Kevin Shiels

    Acting Director of Retail and Social