People

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Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Lacey

Stuart joined ElectraLink as Chief Executive in 2010. He is responsible for ensuring that ElectraLink, as the central provider of data transfer services to the electricity industry, supports the transformation of the UK energy market. ElectraLink has a unique role to play providing the data analysis, interoperability and governance management that will ensure the deployment of Smart technologies will have a real impact.

Before joining ElectraLink, Stuart was the Commercial Director of BT’s largest financial services client and Chief Operating Officer of its health division. He joined BT following its acquisition of Infonet, a US-quoted provider of outsourced IT and network services, where he was Managing Director of its UK subsidiary. Earlier in his career, Stuart led the growth of a number of technology businesses in Asia and EMEA and completed several corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Stuart holds an Economics degree from Durham University and a MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

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CTO & Director of Operations

Paul Gath

Paul joined ElectraLink in 1998 and is currently responsible for the company’s technology operations and development. Paul began his career at ICL, where he took a path through software development support, project management, and programme management. Having been with ElectraLink since its inception, he has a deep understanding of all the technical services that ElectraLink provides and how these can be used to the benefit of its customers.

Paul has managed the evolution of the DTS from an old-fashioned X.400 network to a modern IP-based service using the latest technologies ready for the challenges of Smart Metering. This was done whilst maintaining live, operational performance to very stringent service levels and reducing costs by over 60%.

Paul is now looking forward to the next stage of the company’s development, including the provision of new technical services within a Service Oriented Architecture to help the utility industry move towards a fully operational Smart Metering environment and a Smart Grid.

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Commercial & Finance Director

Gordon Drake

Gordon joined ElectraLink in September 2015 with responsibility for the company’s financial, commercial and corporate compliance activities.

Before joining ElectraLink, Gordon’s previous role was as a Senior Director at Thomson Reuters, a global information solutions provider with a range of blue-chip clients, where he worked on several initiatives including business acquisitions, corporate restructures and business process off-shoring.

Gordon’s earlier finance roles were in a high-growth technology start-up and a variety of businesses in the manufacturing and service sectors, where he has provided focus on financial and operational control and the development of strategy.

Gordon is a fully-qualified accountant (ACMA).

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Director of Data and Transformation

Dan Hopkinson

Dan joined ElectraLink in March 2016 to focus on the development of the Data Transfer Network (DTN) and associated data services. Specifically, he concentrated on ensuring that the data transfer service would continue to be a high value solution for its users and that it would remain at the heart of industry processes, through constant innovation and excellent service performance.

Prior to joining ElectraLink, Dan held senior operational management roles at both Siemens and G4S, focusing on the delivery of all elements of the metering value chain, from smart meter installation and data collection through to data processing. These roles enabled Dan to develop a clear perspective of the benefits of smart metering and the opportunities delivered through smart grid solutions.

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Director of Governance Services

Stefan Leedham

Stefan joined ElectraLink in 2016 to lead the Governance Services team in delivering and supporting the sector leading code administration and governance support services for a number of key industry arrangements including the Supply Point Administration Agreement (SPAA), Distribution Connection Use of System Agreement (DCUSA), the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP), the Theft Risk Assessment Service (TRAS, the Energy Theft Tip Off Service (ETTOS) and the Distribution Charging Methodologies Forum (DCMF).

With an extensive background in energy policy and regulation across wholesale and retail markets, Stefan has a detailed understanding of the industry codes and governance arrangements; and how to deliver effective change on behalf of the industry. This broad knowledge is being utilized to ensure that ElectraLink works in an open and transparent manners with its stakeholders when delivering projects to ensure that projects are delivered on time, on budget and to quality and without any unexpected surprises or issues for the industry.

Prior to joining ElectraLink Stefan worked at EDF Energy.

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Head of Human Resources

Asha Ahmed

Asha joined ElectraLink in November 2016, is currently the Head of Human Resources and oversees the overall HR Operations at ElectraLink. Before joining ElectraLink, Asha was the HR Manager at BMW Park Lane and had served in a various Human Resources roles for some of the world’s leading media & information provider, ThomsonReuters, and organisers of B2B Energy exhibitions & conferences.

Asha is passionate about linking Company Strategy to its Human Capital which has given her a wealth of experience in supporting organisational growth whilst working on various HR related initiatives e.g. Reward, Recruitment, Job Design & Grading, Performance management, Talent Management, Compensation & Benefits Design, Employee Relations, TUPE and Organisational change & design.

Asha is a CIPD qualified and has a Business Degree from London South Bank University.

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