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Kieran Bailey - Innovation engineer

Kieran joined United Utilities (subsequently Electricity North West) in 2003. Since joining he has carried out a number of technical roles including grid and primary planning engineer and 132kV outage planning engineer, going on to become outage planning team leader where he lead a team of seven. He has a BEng (Hons) in electronic engineering from Salford University and is a chartered engineer. Kieran is also an HV authorised control engineer and has been able to put these skills to use in carrying out a number of CLASS trials since joining the future networks team.

Kieran was responsible for the completion of the CLASS trials, research activities and project closedown and is now the technical and analysis workstream lead for the Respond project.

Damien Coyle - Innovation technical engineer

Damien joined United Utilities (subsequently Electricity North West) as part of the graduate engineer scheme in 2008. He has a BEng in electrical and electronic engineering from Liverpool John Moores University. Damien has spent placements in all areas of the business as part of his development and has spent the last four years in operations as a response engineer working on the low and high voltage networks.


Andy Howard - Innovation programme manager

Andy is a chartered engineer with over 25 years experience in engineering and managerial roles in the electricity industry. His experience covers a range of areas from generation through to metering, including policy, design, operations, IT and commercial responsibilities.

Andy brings his programme and project management skills to the innovation team and is responsible for overseeing the innovation programme.

Tracey Kennelly - Innovation customer delivery lead

Tracey joined Norweb (subsequently Electricity North West) in 1988 and has over 27 years experience in the electricity supply and distribution industries. She has held various roles in operational environments and is a specialist in customer engagement. Tracey has been part of the innovation team for two years and is responsible for developing customer strategies and managing customer enquiries linked to our innovation projects. She is responsible for project managing some of our smaller NIA projects and plays a pivotal role in customer and stakeholder engagement activities for our flagship innovation projects.

Tony McEntee - CLASS implementation manager

Tony joined Electricity North West in 2008 having previously spent 20 years at Scottish Power/Manweb and five years in the nuclear industry. A chartered electrical engineer, he is a highly experienced senior manager in technical, regulation, commercial and business management roles. He was also a non-executive director of ElectraLink, which provides data transfer services to the industry, for nine years. Tony has been a member of, and chaired, a number of industry working groups and committees. He is now leading the commercial implementation of Electricity North West’s innovative CLASS project.

Kate Quigley - Innovation customer delivery manager

Kate has over 30 years experience in the electricity supply industry and has held roles in HR, operational management, customer service and project management. She has managed teams of over 100 employees and has a proven track record in establishing customer operations strategies and delivering against regulatory customer service standards.

Kate is leading the customer and stakeholder engagement activities for our key innovation projects. This includes all customer campaigns and surveys that are to key to communicating project concepts and assessing customer perceptions of impacts.

Steve Stott - Innovation engineer

Steve joined United Utilities (subsequently Electricity North West) as a graduate engineer in 1999. He has led a team of 15 engineers in field operations providing maintenance and support for protection and technical services up to the National Grid interface level. 

He is a 132kV field control senior authorised protection engineer and is a chartered engineer. Steve is responsible for the specification, procurement and installation of the key technologies on our Respond project.

Paul Turner - Innovation delivery manager

Paul joined United Utilities (subsequently Electricity North West) as a graduate engineer in 1999. Since then he has carried out a variety of roles in the control environment such as outage planning manager and automation development manager. 

Paul is an authorised control engineer and is currently using these skills as the delivery manager on all our key innovation projects.