New industry Non-Executive Directors join ELEXON Board

ELEXON has appointed Sara Vaughan and David Titterton to the ELEXON Board. Sara and David, who take up their posts from 6 March 2019, replace Volker Beckers and Alison Chappell as industry Non-Executive Directors.

New composition of the Board

The Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC), for which ELEXON is the Code Manager, requires the ELEXON Board to comprise mainly of Non-Executive Directors who have industry experience and at least two Non-Executive Directors who must be independent of the industry.

New ELEXON Board members David Titterton and Sara Vaughan (March 2019)

This March we are welcoming Sara Vaughan and David Titterton who were the successful candidates after a series of interviews.

The ELEXON Board now comprises of the following:

  • Michael Gibbons – Chairman
  • Mark Bygraves – CEO
  • Sara Vaughan – industry Non-Executive Director
  • David Titterton – industry Non-Executive Director
  • Clare Duffy – industry Non-Executive Director
  • David Rigney – Non-Executive Director
  • Anne Heal – Non-Executive Director

ELEXON Chairman, Michael Gibbons, welcome to the new members

‘I’m delighted to welcome Sara and David to the Board. They both bring extensive industry experience with them, which will be highly valuable. I’m sure their understanding of the industry will help us in tackling the challenges ahead.

A thank you to the outgoing members

I’d also like to thank Volker Beckers and Alison Chappell who have retired from the Board for their valuable and diligent work over the years. Both Volker and Alison have made major contributions in directing ELEXON’s efforts to serve the energy industry and consumers. We thank them for their service.’

About Sara Vaughan

Sara Vaughan, ELEXON Board member from March 2019

Sara said on being appointed: ‘I am delighted to be joining the ELEXON Board at this exciting time of change in energy markets. ELEXON plays a vital role in the operation of the electricity market and I hope my experience working for a supplier and solutions provider will bring a valuable perspective.’

Sara Vaughan is Political & Regulatory Affairs Director at E.ON in the UK. She started her career as a lawyer at Slaughter and May before moving to Powergen (as it then was) as a competition lawyer. She has subsequently broadened her role through taking on a number of additional responsibilities such as regulation, compliance, energy policy, and external affairs including CSR, legal and company secretariat, HSSE and engineering governance.

She was appointed to the E.ON UK Board as Strategy & Regulation Director in 2012. Sara was on the Board of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, which merged into the newly formed Energy UK in 2012, where she is an alternate Board Director.

She was formerly a Public Member of Network Rail, is on the CBI West Midlands Regional Council, and is a member of the cross-industry Thriving at Work Leadership Council, arising out of the Thriving at Work review into workplace mental health. Sara is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

About David Titterton

David Titterton, ELEXON Board member from March 2019

David said on joining the board: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the ELEXON Board, it’s a great business with a key role to play in helping shape the rapidly changing UK energy market. I’m looking forward to being part of the team determining the strategy and future direction.’

David is Energy Services Director for Npower, an engineer by background and has over 34 years’ experience in the energy industry. David’s current responsibilities include the company-wide Smart Programme – a massive technology investment, the roll out of over 4 million smart meters and delivery of the Energy Company Obligation. In addition, David is leading a complete transformation of the Energy Services business unit, focused on process and cultural improvements.

David has held many senior roles in Npower and prior to that Scottish Power; in all parts of the energy retail business including Customer Service & Field Operations, Sales & Marketing and Trading.

He brings a wealth of experience in initiating and developing business strategy, business development, acquisitions, business integration, divestment, transformation, leading people through major change and senior stakeholder engagement.

David is also a Governor/Director of The Aspire Academy, an alternative provision school whose aim is to reduce the rate of permanent exclusion in key stage 4 pupils.

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