ENGIE announces UK Advisory Board

ENGIE, the leading energy and services provider, announces the founding members of a newly formed Advisory Board in the UK.

The UK Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Michael Rake, reinforces ENGIE’s commitment to the UK by bringing together high calibre, diverse and relevant experience to support the continued successful development of its business.

The UK Advisory Board members have been selected to provide ENGIE with expert insight in areas that supports its strategy of providing individuals, cities and businesses right across the UK with efficient and innovative solutions that meet the challenges of the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.

ENGIE believes its future success in the UK will be based on its ability to effectively combine its leading energy and services capabilities, increase its integration with customers, become a leader in flexible and decentralised energy solutions, and participate in the digital technologies that will transform its markets in the future. The Group has sought to align the experience of its Advisory Board members in the UK with these strategic objectives.

Wilfrid Petrie, CEO ENGIE UK, said:

“ENGIE is a long-term partner for the UK and we believe that we can play a leading role in its transition towards a more sustainable, low carbon future. We want to make sure that we are maximising the opportunities for our 20,000 UK employees and also able to attract more of the best talent into our business. We believe that the wide ranging experience of the Advisory Board will help us develop our business in the right way, to the benefit of all of our UK stakeholders.”

Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of the UK Advisory Board, said:

“The UK energy landscape is undergoing great change as we grapple with the challenge of ensuring sustainability of supply – in terms of both meeting future energy demand and reducing our environmental impact. The UK is also demanding more and more from its services sector. ENGIE has been active in the UK market for over 25 years and has taken the decision to focus its extensive energy and services experience on developing more flexible, lower carbon solutions. It has the opportunity to make a significant difference and my fellow Board members and I and look forward to playing our part in ensuring it is successful.”

ENGIE’s UK Advisory Board members are confirmed as follows:

  • Sir Michael Rake (Chairman) is currently chairman of BT Group, a director of S&P Global and also chairman of both Worldpay plc and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings. Sir Michael was president of the Confederation of British Industry from 2013 to 2015; a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010-2015; non-executive director of Barclays between 2008 and 2015 (deputy chairman from 2012); chairman of easyJet from 2010-2013. Sir Michael also had a long career with KPMG and was international chairman between 2002 and 2007. He brings to the Board extensive financial and commercial expertise, as well as significant experience in technology and digital.
  • Edward Astle (Deputy Chair) has spent most of his career in the telecoms and utilities sector. He served on the boards, and ran substantial divisions, of Cable and Wireless (1989 to 1997), BICC (1997 to 1999) and National Grid (2001 to 2008). Edward is currently a non-executive director of Intertek and one of three independent members of BT’s Equality of Access Board. He also joined the Board of Governors at Manchester University in 2014. Edward brings substantial knowledge of the UK’s energy, telecommunications industries and related regulatory frameworks.
  • Sir Edward Davey is a trained economist and was a management consultant before being elected in 1997. During the Coalition Government, he first served as a Business Minister where he was responsible for Trade and Investment Policy, Corporate Governance and Competition and Consumer Affairs Policy. In 2012 he became the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Sir Edward brings significant UK government experience at the highest level and in-depth knowledge of the UK energy landscape.
  • Joan MacNaughton, CB, is Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council. She was the President and an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Trustee of The Climate Group. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and also chairs the international Advisory Board of the Energy Academy of Europe. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis in the US. Joan brings invaluable energy expertise and insight.
  • Lord Kerslake was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010 until he stepped down in February 2015 and was Head of the Civil Service from 2012 to 2014. Before joining the Civil Service, he received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. Lord Kerslake brings extensive UK local government and communities experience.