We have announced today that ElectraLink is saying goodbye to Stuart Lacey, our CEO for the last 10 years. We are also pleased to announce that Dan Hopkinson, who has been with the company for five years and will already be known to many in the energy market, has agreed to become our Acting CEO.

Dan joined ElectraLink in March 2016 to focus on the development of the Data Transfer Network (DTN) and the growth of associated data services that transformed the DTN into the Data Transfer Service (DTS) we see today. Since then, as Director of Data and Transformation, Dan has re-procured and delivered the new cloud-based DTS and led on the transformation of ElectraLink into GB’s Energy Market Data Hub (EMDH), including the development of a range of value-adding data and insight products, and services such as the EMPRIS data analytics platform and the Flexr Minimum Viable Product. These developments give ElectraLink the next generation data visualisation, sharing and integration capabilities it needs to support the rapid transformation of the energy market as we drive towards net zero.

Dan has been a major part of the direction setting of the ElectraLink strategy including the enlargement of our emphasis from ElectraLink largely supporting the retail energy market to playing a role in the increasingly complex space of networks transformation.

Prior to joining ElectraLink, Dan held senior operational management roles at both Siemens and G4S managing significant change programmes leading to improved customer outcomes whilst significantly reducing cost to serve. Dan has a deep understanding of industry processes and how the increased use of data can dramatically improve them.

Dan is supported by a strong senior management team and many talented staff and the Board is confident that together they will continue to deliver our operational services to the highest standards and develop new innovations that bring value to our shareholders and customers.