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Northern Ireland Utility Regulator Appoints New Chief Executive

5 Jul 2013

Northern Irelands Utility Regulator has appointed Jenny Pyper as its new Chief Executive. A former Civil Servant since 1985, Jenny has held several senior government roles covering economic development policy.

As Director of Energy Policy at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Jenny was responsible for overseeing utility policy and legislation and also played a major role in developing the Executive’s Strategic Energy Framework. Since July 2011, she was Deputy Secretary for the Department for Social Development overseeing urban regeneration and community development.

The Utility Regulator promotes the interests of its consumers and regulates gas, electricity and water in Northern Ireland.  As Chief Executive, Jenny will bring industry best practice and work closely with stakeholders to tackle the key challenges across the electricity, gas and renewable energy sectors.

Dr Bill Emery, Chairman of the Utility Regulator Board said: “We are delighted to appoint Jenny Pyper as our new Chief Executive following an open competition.  We look forward to working with her to build on the progress we have made on developing our new corporate strategy”.

Jenny Pyper commented: “I am very pleased to be joining the Utility Regulator as it develops a new corporate strategy and I look forward to working with the Board and all the Utility Regulator team. Jenny will start the new position in Autumn this year replacing Shane Lynch who announced in May his intention to step down.