Energy Networks Association announces Phil Jones as new Chairman

Energy Networks Association, the trade association representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland, has today announced that Phil Jones OBE, the Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid, has been appointed as its Chairman.

Commenting, Phil Jones says:

“I’m honoured to have been asked by my peers to become Chairman of ENA. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Board members and the leadership at ENA to build on the work that Robert Symons was doing before his time in the chair came to a sad and premature end.”

“The role that ENA’s members play in delivering Britain’s energy is rapidly changing. The networks have a huge part to play in enabling our customers to be at the centre of the delivery of a smarter, cleaner energy system. It’s a great time to be part of a networks business.”

David Smith, Chief Executive, adds:

“Having joined Northern Powergrid in 1993, Phil brings 25 years of extensive experience to the role of ENA Chairman and indeed has previously served as ENA President between 2008 and 2010. I look forward to working closely with him to ensure that we as an industry not only continue to fulfil our responsibility to delivering affordable, reliable energy supplies across the country, but also rise to the opportunities ahead of us as our energy market continues to change in response to decarbonisation.”


Notes to editors

  • ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
  • Phil Jones is the President and Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid and has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993. He is a chartered electrical engineer and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001.
  • He joined the board of the combined companies in 2002 and became President in 2006. Phil has spent a number of years as an active representative on the Smart Grids Forum and Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Advisory Group and he led cross-industry work that provided technical advice to the Government and Ofgem on the development of networks to support the connection of much larger quantities of distributed generation. Phil was President of the Energy Networks Association between 2008 and 2010 and, in 2007, was awarded an OBE for his services to the industry.
  • For further information please contact:

Ed Gill

UK & European Head of Press and Public Affairs

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