The Senior Team
With over 20 years in the Energy Sector, Neil McDermott has a commercial background working in generation and trading roles most recently with EDF Energy. His broad business experience includes new asset development, joint ventures, operations and commercial management across coal, gas and renewables generation. He brings to the team a breadth of strategic and operational skills gained across a range of global business environments.
Chief Financial Officer
Catherine’s career spanned energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors over 20 years. Having held a number of senior finance positions at EDF Energy, mostly recently at Nuclear New Build, Catherine has in depth knowledge of financial, commercial and risk management of major capital projects, as well as extensive experience of working with the investors and the UK government. Her previous experience includes mergers & acquisitions, strategy development and change delivery in both energy and financial services sectors. She has extensive knowledge of the CfD arrangements and the capacity market mechanism, as well as experience of both finance transformation and establishing from greenfield finance functions.
Head of Corporate Services
As Head of Corporate Services, Cynthia is accountable for the HR, Procurement and Facilities Management functions of the business, ensuring both Companies achieve compliance in all areas. Cynthia brings a wealth of strategic, commercial and operational experience gained within both the public and private sectors, having worked with organisations such as DECC, the NHS and Cable & Wireless. Cynthia has played a key role in the establishment of both companies, overseeing and delivering the respective set up phases in both and is well placed to take forward the next exciting development of the business.
Head of Legal and Company Secretary
Formerly Head of Legal & Company Secretary at the Carbon Trust, Claire Williams brings to the role a breadth of knowledge of the electricity and renewables industry, combined with extensive legal experience. While Head of Legal & Company Secretary for the Carbon Trust Group, Claire advised the Board and contributed as part of executive management to strategic, corporate and commercial issues as well as managing the Legal and Procurement Departments. She has also served as general counsel to Elexon and, prior to that, to Union Railways (the company that delivered the Channel Tunnel High Speed Rail Link project). Claire has also worked for a number of leading law firms.
Head of Strategy and External Relations
Ruth Herbert brings to the company extensive experience of Electricity Market Reform and government. She has been a key figure in the establishment of Low Carbon Contracts and instrumental in managing CFD Implementation and coordinating industry engagement. Whilst at DECC Ruth headed the Electricity Market Reform Programme Management Office, and the International branch of the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage where she also served as Vice-Chair of the Zero Emissions Power plant (ZEP) Government Group. Additionally she has worked on Financial Services strategy at HM Treasury and served as an economic adviser for the City of London Corporation.
Head of Commercial Team
James Rushton has over 13 years banking experience having joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in 1997 and then subsequently at Lehman Brothers (1999-2008) and Deutsche Bank (2008-2010). He has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and debt and equity financings across a wide range of sectors in both public and private transactions. Following this he provided corporate finance advice to the Ministry of Defence then joined DECC in 2012 to lead the Hinkley Point C project where he also gained significant experience on the development of Electricity Market Reform.