About us

We work with you to solve your energy challenges through innovative solutions, delivering resilience, cost efficiency and sustainability

About us overview
UK Power Networks Services’ response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the safety and wellbeing of our employees, the public and our clients remains our top priority.

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Industries

Our clients include some of the highest profile public and private sector organisations with critical infrastructure in complex environments.

Our industries
Network and load growth modelling at Port of Tyne

As one of the UK’s most innovative and efficient deep-sea ports, Port of Tyne has developed a decarbonisation roadmap, with an ambition to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030 and to electrify the entire port by 2040.

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Careers

Employing world-class engineers and professionals, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people to deliver for our clients

Urban Synergy work experience programme

We recently welcomed three interns from Urban Synergy, an award winning early intervention mentoring charity that helps young people between 10-18 years of age to reach their full potential through mentoring, inspirational seminars and work experience.

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Meet the team

Powering the modern world through visionary expertise.

Meet the team

Powering the modern world through visionary expertise.

Ian Smyth

Director of UK Power Networks Services

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Lucy Innes

Safety, Health and Environment Manager

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Colin Burke

Head of Finance

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We're fully focused on capturing the opportunities offered by the global energy transition for our clients. We deliver integrated energy solutions for some of the UK’s largest and most important companies. The results are improved resilience, reduced costs and reductions in pollutants to achieve long term sustainable profits.

Ian leads UK Power Networks Services. For more than 20 years, Ian has worked with leading utilities, governments and regulators in global energy markets. His expertise is in transforming utilities to adapt to and commercialise evolving energy systems, new technologies and smarter networks. Ian has a track record of delivering improved financial performance and growth through developing and executing business strategies, exploiting new technologies and leading power market development.

He has experience using advanced analytics to improve utility operations. Prior to joining UK Power Networks Services, Ian was Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East for Navigant Consulting and was a Partner with LCP, a leading business analytics and actuarial firm. Ian has a BA(Hons) and an MSc in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence.

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Everyone who leaves for work in the morning should expect to return home at night in good health. Safety is our number one priority and going beyond zero harm is a collective commitment that we work hard to defend every day.

Lucy leads the Safety, Health and Environment team and has been instrumental in achieving a culture of zero harm across our business. She has achieved this by giving all employees the behavioural tools to make the right decision and avoid harm to themselves, colleagues and members of the public.

She was a key player in the development and implementation of the successful Stay Safe culture change programme, which has resulted in maintaining an injury free workplace for more than five years. Lucy has worked for UK Power Networks and its predecessor companies, SEEBOARD and EDF Energy, for 18 years in various safety roles including responsibility for the health and safety of more than 2,500 employees.

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Organisations will have to play their part in the energy transition if we are to meet our Net Zero commitments. I see the role of finance – private as well as public – as being integral to the transition to facilitate speed of change and enable companies to decarbonise and deliver value from their energy networks.

Colin leads the finance team who support the business by delivering effective financial and risk management, driving business performance. With more than 20 years' experience in the energy industry, Colin has held senior finance positions in both regulated and unregulated sectors. 

Colin has ACMA CGMA finance qualifications and a BA (Hons) in Business Finance. Prior to working at UK Power Networks and UK Power Networks Services, Colin has held various finance roles in the food manufacturing industry. 

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David Mitchell

Head of Client Delivery

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Jason Carmichael

Head of Client Delivery

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Philip Heathcote

Head of Markets

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Our clients trust us to help them achieve supply resilience and cost effectiveness through our team of highly qualified engineers. We work closely with clients to achieve their business objectives by employing new technologies and innovative thinking.

David is a chartered electrical engineer (FIET) with more than thirty-five years’ experience working in the rail and power industry. His previous roles included Operations and Maintenance Manager for EDF Energy and Managing Director of UK Power Networks Services Powerlink.

In addition to leading our Asset Management, Consulting, and Design and Commissioning teams, David is responsible for the delivery of major projects for key clients including works at Hinkley Point C, Great Western train line (GWEP) and London Underground. He looks to ensure supply resilience for key clients by overseeing our operations and maintenance and asset replacement at High Speed 1 and Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

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We work with clients to ensure that operational excellence and sustainability are at the heart of some of the UK’s major infrastructure assets in rail and aviation.

Jason leads and supports the delivery of projects and maintenance for key clients including Canary Wharf, DLR, Stansted Airport, City Airport, Aspire Defence and Network Rail.

He has worked in the electricity industry for over 30 years, the most recent position being Head of Technical Training and Assurance in the Safety, Strategy and Support Services directorate of UK Power Networks, where he was in post for eight years. Prior to this, Jason held a number of management positions including Head of Zero Harm, Cluster Manager for various areas. He has a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

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The energy market is teeming with opportunities for transformation. As long-term strategic partners, we enable our clients to focus on their core business by taking on their energy challenges and helping them realise the value of their assets.

Philip joined UK Power Network Services in February 2019. In his role as Head of Markets he is responsible for business development activities, including marketing and bidding, alongside the creation of strategic alliances and partnerships.

Most recently, Phil was Sales Director for Siemens Rail Systems in the UK, responsible for the sale of new rolling stock, along with maintenance and upgrade packages. Prior to that he was a Bid Director in Arriva’s Rail Franchising team. During his career he has held senior roles in business development, project management, procurement and various operational roles. Philip has a BSc (Hons) and an MA in Marketing.

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Kieran Coughlan

Head of Strategic Advisory Services

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Richard Rushworth

Head of Commercial Services

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The transition from a fossil-based energy system to one supported by renewable energy is unlocking opportunities for UK businesses to take advantage of new business models and technologies to meet their energy demands and sustainability ambitions – balancing this opportunity with the need to continue to deliver for their customers is essential.

Kieran is a chartered engineer and joined UK Power Networks Services in 2017. In his role as Head of Strategic Advisory Services, Kieran is responsible for asset management, energy technology consulting while also leading on strategy and regulation, product development, client solutions and innovation.

Prior to this, he was Head of Engineering and Safety for the Energy Networks Association, and has worked in transmission and distribution for electricity and gas businesses in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

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We pride ourselves on delivering added value to our clients. Our world class procurement service ensures that we achieve the best value for our clients, working safely on their networks. Our commercial staff work closely with their clients to develop cost effective change solutions, utilising our experienced engineering planning and new technology expertise.

Richard leads our Estimating and Commercial teams, and the Governance, Compliance and Quality teams who effectively mitigate risk for our company and our clients, and ensuring exceptional customer satisfaction.

Richard is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. With more than thirty years’ experience working in the rail, construction and power industries, Richard has previously held senior roles at Laing O’Rourke and Balfour Beatty.

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Ian Smyth

Director of UK Power Networks Services

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We're fully focused on capturing the opportunities offered by the global energy transition for our clients. We deliver integrated energy solutions for some of the UK’s largest and most important companies. The results are improved resilience, reduced costs and reductions in pollutants to achieve long term sustainable profits.

Ian leads UK Power Networks Services. For more than 20 years, Ian has worked with leading utilities, governments and regulators in global energy markets. His expertise is in transforming utilities to adapt to and commercialise evolving energy systems, new technologies and smarter networks. Ian has a track record of delivering improved financial performance and growth through developing and executing business strategies, exploiting new technologies and leading power market development.

He has experience using advanced analytics to improve utility operations. Prior to joining UK Power Networks Services, Ian was Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East for Navigant Consulting and was a Partner with LCP, a leading business analytics and actuarial firm. Ian has a BA(Hons) and an MSc in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence.

Connect with Ian
Lucy Innes

Safety, Health and Environment Manager

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Everyone who leaves for work in the morning should expect to return home at night in good health. Safety is our number one priority and going beyond zero harm is a collective commitment that we work hard to defend every day.

Lucy leads the Safety, Health and Environment team and has been instrumental in achieving a culture of zero harm across our business. She has achieved this by giving all employees the behavioural tools to make the right decision and avoid harm to themselves, colleagues and members of the public.

She was a key player in the development and implementation of the successful Stay Safe culture change programme, which has resulted in maintaining an injury free workplace for more than five years. Lucy has worked for UK Power Networks and its predecessor companies, SEEBOARD and EDF Energy, for 18 years in various safety roles including responsibility for the health and safety of more than 2,500 employees.

Connect with Lucy
Colin Burke

Head of Finance

Read more
Organisations will have to play their part in the energy transition if we are to meet our Net Zero commitments. I see the role of finance – private as well as public – as being integral to the transition to facilitate speed of change and enable companies to decarbonise and deliver value from their energy networks.

Colin leads the finance team who support the business by delivering effective financial and risk management, driving business performance. With more than 20 years' experience in the energy industry, Colin has held senior finance positions in both regulated and unregulated sectors. 

Colin has ACMA CGMA finance qualifications and a BA (Hons) in Business Finance. Prior to working at UK Power Networks and UK Power Networks Services, Colin has held various finance roles in the food manufacturing industry. 

Connect with Colin
David Mitchell

Head of Client Delivery

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Our clients trust us to help them achieve supply resilience and cost effectiveness through our team of highly qualified engineers. We work closely with clients to achieve their business objectives by employing new technologies and innovative thinking.

David is a chartered electrical engineer (FIET) with more than thirty-five years’ experience working in the rail and power industry. His previous roles included Operations and Maintenance Manager for EDF Energy and Managing Director of UK Power Networks Services Powerlink.

In addition to leading our Asset Management, Consulting, and Design and Commissioning teams, David is responsible for the delivery of major projects for key clients including works at Hinkley Point C, Great Western train line (GWEP) and London Underground. He looks to ensure supply resilience for key clients by overseeing our operations and maintenance and asset replacement at High Speed 1 and Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

Connect with David
Jason Carmichael

Head of Client Delivery

Read more
We work with clients to ensure that operational excellence and sustainability are at the heart of some of the UK’s major infrastructure assets in rail and aviation.

Jason leads and supports the delivery of projects and maintenance for key clients including Canary Wharf, DLR, Stansted Airport, City Airport, Aspire Defence and Network Rail.

He has worked in the electricity industry for over 30 years, the most recent position being Head of Technical Training and Assurance in the Safety, Strategy and Support Services directorate of UK Power Networks, where he was in post for eight years. Prior to this, Jason held a number of management positions including Head of Zero Harm, Cluster Manager for various areas. He has a BA (Hons) in Business Management.

Connect with Jason
Philip Heathcote

Head of Markets

Read more
The energy market is teeming with opportunities for transformation. As long-term strategic partners, we enable our clients to focus on their core business by taking on their energy challenges and helping them realise the value of their assets.

Philip joined UK Power Network Services in February 2019. In his role as Head of Markets he is responsible for business development activities, including marketing and bidding, alongside the creation of strategic alliances and partnerships.

Most recently, Phil was Sales Director for Siemens Rail Systems in the UK, responsible for the sale of new rolling stock, along with maintenance and upgrade packages. Prior to that he was a Bid Director in Arriva’s Rail Franchising team. During his career he has held senior roles in business development, project management, procurement and various operational roles. Philip has a BSc (Hons) and an MA in Marketing.

Connect with Philip
Kieran Coughlan

Head of Strategic Advisory Services

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The transition from a fossil-based energy system to one supported by renewable energy is unlocking opportunities for UK businesses to take advantage of new business models and technologies to meet their energy demands and sustainability ambitions – balancing this opportunity with the need to continue to deliver for their customers is essential.

Kieran is a chartered engineer and joined UK Power Networks Services in 2017. In his role as Head of Strategic Advisory Services, Kieran is responsible for asset management, energy technology consulting while also leading on strategy and regulation, product development, client solutions and innovation.

Prior to this, he was Head of Engineering and Safety for the Energy Networks Association, and has worked in transmission and distribution for electricity and gas businesses in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Connect with Kieran
Richard Rushworth

Head of Commercial Services

Read more
We pride ourselves on delivering added value to our clients. Our world class procurement service ensures that we achieve the best value for our clients, working safely on their networks. Our commercial staff work closely with their clients to develop cost effective change solutions, utilising our experienced engineering planning and new technology expertise.

Richard leads our Estimating and Commercial teams, and the Governance, Compliance and Quality teams who effectively mitigate risk for our company and our clients, and ensuring exceptional customer satisfaction.

Richard is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. With more than thirty years’ experience working in the rail, construction and power industries, Richard has previously held senior roles at Laing O’Rourke and Balfour Beatty.

Connect with Richard

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Careers

Employing world-class engineers and professionals, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people to deliver for our clients

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