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24/02/14: Electricity North West welcomes new chairman

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, has announced Dr John Roberts CBE as its new chairman. Dr John Roberts CBE

Dr Roberts comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the utility sector having previously been Chief Executive of Manweb, the network operator for Merseyside and North Wales, and United Utilities which owned the North West’s power grid before Electricity North West took over in 2007.

A fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Institution of Engineers, Dr Roberts previously chaired the North West Energy Council and joins Electricity North West ahead of a busy period for the network operator.

Electricity North West is four years into a five-year 1.4bn investment programme for the region, and is currently discussing its investment plans to 2023 with regulator, Ofgem.

Chief Executive, Steve Johnson, said: “I’m delighted to welcome John to the business. His experience and knowledge is second to none.

“We are at a critical time of investment in the power network as we work to deliver a reliable, sustainable yet affordable network for people and businesses across the region.

“The recent storms show just how much we all depend on electricity, and we’re absolutely committed to providing the right level of investment and the right people to keep the lights on in the North West.”

Electricity North West connects 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people in the region to the National Grid from Macclesfield in the south to Carlisle in the north.

Dr Roberts will take up his post on Monday 3 March.

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