The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP) consists of a Chair and up to 5 members who are appointed for 3 years.

Our current members were appointed in January 2016 and the Chair in November 2016.

David R. Blakemore (Chair)

David Blakemore has been a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty since its inception in January 2016 and was appointed as Chair in November 2016.

David has had a number of leading managerial and operational roles in multi-national oil companies in the UK and around the world. Until April 2015 he was Director of 13 oil and electricity generating companies in his role as Director and Manager for European Business Affairs at Phillips66 Ltd.

Appointed: 1 November 2016
Terms ends: 1 November 2019

Jenny Saunders, OBE

Jenny Saunders has a number of current roles:

  • Non-Executive Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions Community Interest Company
  • Associate Fellow at Durham University
  • Member of the UKERC Advisory Board
  • Member of Northern Powergrid’s Expert Advisory Group on the transition to Distribution Systems Operator status.

Jenny was Chief Executive of National Energy Action from 2007 until December 2017, and prior to that their Director of Communications.

Appointed: 4 January 2016
Reappointed: 4 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Terms ends: 3 January 2022

Paul Massara

Paul Massara was CEO of NPower from January 2013 to August 2015, plus Country Chair for RWE. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for NPower from October 2011 to December 2012.

From 2006, Paul was President and Founding Partner for Genesis Capital Corporation before returning to the UK and working as a consultant between 2009 and 2011, including co-founding Oxford House Research which worked with the Politics Department of Oxford University to study issues related to politics and faith.

From 1997 to 2006, Paul held various roles at Centrica, including President of Canadian Operations for Centrica, Director of Finance and Planning, and Commercial Director at Centrica Energy.

Appointed: 4 January 2016
Reappointed: 4 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Terms ends: 3 January 2022

Lawrence Slade

Lawrence Slade has been Chief Executive of Energy UK since July 2015. He was Energy UK’s first Chief Operating Officer when it was formed in 2012 and had specific executive responsibility for all energy supply activities including retail markets, smart metering & grids, energy efficiency, fuel poverty and consumer engagement.

Lawrence has been involved in the energy industry since the late 1990’s working in countries all over the world to build an understanding of the geopolitics of energy and both how the sector is central to everyday life and supports thriving economies.

Lawrence ran the Energy Retail Association before Energy UK was formed and previously ran the Society of Petroleum Engineers, expanding the society’s operations in Russia, the Caspian and Africa. He was also Deputy Chief Executive and Technical Director of the Energy Institute in London.

Appointed: 4 January 2016
Reappointed: 4 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Terms ends: 3 January 2022

Liz Bisset

Liz Bisset is a housing and leadership coach and consultant. Until recently, she was Strategic Director for Cambridge City Council. Prior to that, her career spanned housing management services, new home development and community engagement, including posts as Director of Community Services for Cambridge and Head of Regeneration for Bristol City Council.

Liz is also a trustee and treasurer of Cambridge United Charities and Chair of Performance and Governance, and a Non-Executive Director, of Cross Keys Homes.

Appointed: 1 December 2016
Term ends: 30 November 2020