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ENA appoints Lawrence Slade as Chief Executive

15 December 2022


Energy Networks Association has announced that Lawrence Slade, currently Chief Executive at GIIA, has been appointed to succeed David Smith, who leaves ENA after fifteen years at the helm. 

Phil Jones, Chair of ENA, said:  

“We look forward to welcoming Lawrence to ENA as our new Chief Executive. Lawrence brings with him a wealth of experience in the industry and beyond, which will be invaluable as ENA’s role in leading our sector continues to grow. 

“I would also like to thank David for the significant contribution he has made to ENA and, on behalf of the Board, wish him every success for the future.” 

Lawrence Slade said: 

“I’m privileged to be asked to lead ENA at this crucial time for our industry and thrilled to be back in the energy sector once again. This is an important time for the networks as ENA’s members work hard to deliver safe, secure, reliable and sustainable energy supplies during a challenging time for customers. I’m looking forward to supporting our members deliver Net Zero and ensure the long-term benefits are unlocked for customers and communities.” 

Lawrence will take up his new role on 20 February 2023. Ross Easton, ENA’s Director of External Affairs, who has been working with David and the Board during the transition period, will step into the role of Interim Chief Executive until then. 

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Notes to editor

Lawrence’s appointment follows an extensive, diverse search and a thorough evaluation of high-quality candidates. 


Lawrence is currently Chief Executive Officer of GIIA, the membership body for the world's leading institutional investors. Prior to his role with GIIA, Lawrence began working with Energy UK in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2015. Additionally, he served on the boards of Eurogas and Eurelectric in Brussels. He has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990s, working in countries all over the world. Lawrence is a Board member of Connected Kerb, and a Board Trustee of the Money Advice Trust and the St Clare Hospice. He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute. 

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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