Minister of State Charles Hendry today announced a new Executive Director appointment to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA). He also announced the re-appointment of four existing Non-Executive Directors to GEMA.
David Pimm, Ofgem’s Group Finance Director, has been appointed as an Executive Director with effect from 14 February 2012. David Harker, Jim Keohane, John Howard and David Fisk have each accepted a further term of appointment as Non-Executive Directors.
Charles Hendry said:
“Ofgem has a key role to play in ensuring consumers get a fair deal, achieving security of energy supplies and contributing to efforts to tackle climate change. It is a vital agenda and I am therefore pleased to announce these appointments to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority who bring with them a wide range of experience and skills to help it address the challenges it faces.”
The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, chaired by Lord Mogg KCMG, governs the direction and policies of the gas and electricity regulator Ofgem.
Non-Executive members bring a wide range of experience and expertise from industry and social policy to the environment, finance and Europe. Ofgem’s Chief Executive and some of his senior team are Executive Members of the Authority.
Notes for Editors
- The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) operates under the direction and governance of GEMA which determines the strategy and decides on major policy issues. GEMA’s principal objective is to protect the interests of consumers, both present and future, wherever appropriate by promoting effective competition.
- Appointments to the Authority are made by the Secretary of State under the Utilities Act, as amended and in consultation with the Chairman of the Authority . All Non-Executive appointments are in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner of Public Appointments.
- David Pimm has been appointed to serve a seven year term from14 February 2012 as an Executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA).
- David Harker CBE has been reappointed to serve a five-year term with effect from 1 January 2012 as a Non-Executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA).
- Jim Keohane has been reappointed to serve a five-year from 1 January 2013 as a Non-Executive Member of GEMA.
- John Howard has been re appointed to serve a five-year term with effect from 1 July 2012 as a Non-Executive Member of GEMA.
- Professor David Fisk CB has been reappointed to serve a five-year term with effect from 1 July 2012
Further information on GEMA can be found on the Ofgem website
Biographical Details of new and reappointed Members of the Authority
David Pimm has been Ofgem’s Group Finance Director since January 2010 and is responsible for operations across both Ofgem and E-serve, including Finance, Information Management and Technology, Human Resources, Procurement, Programme Management and Facilities.He previously held positions as Head of Global Risk and Divisional Finance Director for Diageo plc. Prior to that, he was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and provided advice on strategic management practices.
David Harker CBE has been a Non-Executive Member of GEMA since 2009.
David is a Non-Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and a Member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel. He is the former Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, stepping down in May 2010 after holding the position since 1997.
Prior to joining Citizens Advice, David was Managing Director of Sense, the national disability charity. David has a Masters in Social policy and an MBA from the London Business School. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and in 2011 an CBE for services to Citizens Advice. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
**Jim Keohane **has been a Non-Executive Member of GEMA since 2009. He worked for 30 years in the energy industry and was an Executive Director of East Midlands Electricity and also the Eastern Group. During his last 12 years he was extensively involved on liberalisation and privatisation issues for the gas and electricity markets. He went on to serve for 8 years as a Non-Executive Director and finally Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.
**John Howard **has been a Non-Executive member of GEMA since 2009. He originally qualified as a solicitor but moved into broadcasting as a television and radio presenter on consumer and environmental programmes.. He was a Council Member of the consumer body ‘energywatch’ and an independent Director of the Mortgage Code Compliance Board. He was also Member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, which he chaired from 2005 until 2008. and a Non Executive Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service . He is a Non-Executive Director of National Counties Building Society, a special adviser to Huntswood and a Trustee of the Thalidomide Trust.
Professor David Fisk CB has been a Non-Executive Member of GEMA since 2009. He holds the Laing O’Rourke Chair in Systems Engineering at Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London and is Co-Director BP Urban Energy Systems Project. He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions and then the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. While in the Department of the Environment, he was responsible for policy on climate change negotiations and air quality. David has been a Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, of which he is now President. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.