NJUG Board Members

NJUG Board Members

 

  Bob Gallienne –  NJUG Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Bob is a qualified Public Finance Accountant and has held a number of senior roles, across all business areas, in the UK water industry (successively at Severn Trent, South West Water   and United Utilities), as well as internationally. These include roles at South West Water with full responsibility for Customer Services and IS, and international board level roles at Manila Water (Group Director for Customer Service) and Sofia Water (Managing Director), as Chief Executive and Chairman of AS Tallinna Vesi and now his role as CEO at NJUG since August 2013.

Bob is focussing on working with industry colleagues, national and local governments and other key stakeholders to identify those areas where improvement is still needed with the aim of working together to implement a plan of action.

  Rob Wesley –  NJUG Finance Director

Rob Wesley has been Finance Director of NJUG since December 2009. In addition to his NJUG role, Rob is Head of Policy for Water UK, responsible for ensuring policy consistency across Water UK’s activities and leading policy development, advocacy and implementation on market reform and customer issues, including metering and charging, debt and affordability and customer engagement and involvement.

Prior to joining Water UK in 2007, Rob held a variety of roles at Severn Trent Water and at Ofwat

  Samantha Brothwell – NJUG Strategy and Risk Director

Samantha Brothwell was appointed to the NJUG Board in December 2012. Samantha is the Street Works Policy Manager for Western Power Distribution, Electricity Distribution Network Operator for the Midlands, South West of England and South Wales. Samantha is also the current chair of the Energy Networks Association Street Works Forum, East Midlands Joint Utility Group, East Midlands HAUC (Utility Side) and a member of the Co-ordination Working Group.

Samantha has worked in the electricity sector since 1990, and has had responsibility for Street Works since 2000.

  Paul Fidler – Executive Director of Safety and Policy

Paul is the Engineering Development Manager with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and also sits on the board of NJUG as Safety and Policy Director. He has over 22 years’ experience in the     electricity network industry, with 20 of those working for Scottish Power in various operational, design and asset management roles where he was instrumental in introducing Condition Based Maintenance techniques for 11kV & 33kV switchgear.

He joined ENA in April 2011 and liaises with all network operators on matters associated with R&D and Smarter Networks. Paul also looks after street work matters and joined the National Joint Utilities Group board as Safety and Policy Director in January 2012.

Anita Solanki – NJUG Associate Members Director

Anita Solanki is Head of Streetworks Policy for Kier Services Utilities. She has responsibility for maintaining relationships with key clients and highway authorities, as well as for Government stakeholder engagement. She is an Associate Director at NJUG and co-chair of the Performance Working Group representing HAUC UK in conjunction with the Department for Transport. She is HAUC UK’s National Conference co-chair.

  Richard Walsh – NJUG Communications Director

Richard is Public Affairs Manager at Cadent.

  Elizabeth Draper

Elizabeth Draper is a Senior Regulatory Specialist at Openreach, with responsibility for informing and guiding Openreach operational teams on NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works Act) regulation and compliance. She was previously Head of Streetworks at Openreach, re-building and transforming the street works organisation. She joined BT Group on the accelerated leadership programme in 2011 and is experienced in programme management as well as running large operational teams.

Steve Fraser

Steve joined United Utilities in 2005 from Bethell Group, where he was operations director. Prior to his current position of managing director, he was responsible for running UU’s Energy and Contracting Services, a global utilities outsourcing and asset management business with a turnover of £750 million.

Nigel Myers

Nigel has been in the Telecommunications industry since the mid 1990’s, when the regional cable companies originally installed their infrastructure. After various mergers over the years, Nigel now heads up the Statutory and Street Works Team for Virgin Media, ensuring compliance with all current and proposed legislation which affects works and apparatus in the public highway.

Prior to making the move into the Telecommunications industry, Nigel worked on the tools as a street mason, where his interest and knowledge of street works originated.

Tom Ward – Company Secretary

Tom Ward is a solicitor and Head of Business Defence and Dispute Resolution at Oliver Legal Solicitors. A major part of his practice involves advising statutory undertakers and contractors on NRWSA and TMA regulatory compliance and litigation risk avoidance. He is lauded by clients for his “excellent work” and “support and assistance… which has been fantastic”. Notable cases include: Hertfordshire CC v National Grid [2007] EWHC 2535 (Admin) and R v Thames Water Utilities [2010] EWCA Crim 202.