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Jersey Electricity

Jersey Electricity plc is a vertically integrated power utility dealing in the importation, generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. We serve around 50,000 domestic and commercial customers. Providing affordable, secure and sustainable energy is our core objective.

We meet over a third of the Island’s total energy requirements and around 95% of the electricity we supply is imported from low carbon, hydro (35%) and nuclear (65%) sources in France through three undersea supply cables. The latest of these links, the £30m, 100MW Normandie 1 (N1) was commissioned in December 2016.

N1 enables us to meet the Island’s full demand with low carbon supplies and has given us the ability to virtually de-carbonise Jersey’s electricity supply. At 35g CO2e / kWh for the year 2016-17, Jersey electricity supply is one tenth the carbon intensity of the UK’s supply, calculated at 352g CO2e / kWh in 2017. The remainder of electricity comes from local generation at La Collette Power Station, Queen’s Road and the States-owned Energy from Waste Plant.

We operate a number of other businesses, including our contracting business (JEBS), the largest electrical retailer in Jersey (Powerhouse), a commercial and residential property portfolio, a software development consultancy for utilities (Jendev) and leading Channel Islands environmental and building services advisory firm (Jersey Energy).

Jersey Electricity History

The Jersey Electricity Company was established on 5 April 1924

It became Jersey Electricity plc in March 2010

We are a Public Company, listed on the London Stock Exchange, with an annual turnover in excess of £100m. The States of Jersey owns 62% of the Ordinary share capital which is unlisted.



Chairman: Geoffrey Grime

Geoffrey joined the Board in 2003 and became Chairman in 2008. He retired in 1999 as Chairman of Abacus Financial Services, a leading offshore trust company in which he played an instrumental role as one of its founders. A Chartered Accountant, his career in Jersey began in 1969 with Cooper Brothers & Co. and progressed to his appointment as Channel Islands Senior Partner of Coopers & Lybrand in 1990. He currently holds many professional appointments as both director and trustee. In November 2002 he was elected as a Deputy in the States of Jersey and he retired from that position in December 2005. In September of 2014 he was elected as a Jurat of the Royal Court of Jersey where he sits as a lay judge.

Chief Executive: Chris Ambler

Chris was appointed to the Board as Chief Executive on 1 October 2008. He previously held a number of senior international positions in the global utility and materials sectors for major corporations, including ICI/Zeneca, the BOC Group and Centrica/British Gas as well as corporate finance and strategic consulting roles. He is a Director of Channel Islands Electricity Grid Limited. Externally, he is also non-Executive Director of Apex Global Alpha and Foresight Solar Fund Limited, both being listed funds on The London Stock Exchange. Chris is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has a First Class Honours Degree from Queen’s College Cambridge and a MBA from INSEAD.

Finance Director: Martin Magee

Martin joined the Board as Finance Director in May 2002. He moved from Scottish Power plc after nine years in a variety of senior finance roles. He previously worked for nine years with Stakis plc (now part of the Hilton Hotels Group). He is Chairman of Jersey Deep Freeze Limited and a Director of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid Limited. Externally, he is also the non-Executive Chairman of the Standard Life Offshore Strategy Fund Limited. He was also a member of the Jersey Public Accounts Committee until 2011. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland having qualified in 1984.

Non-Executive Director: Aaron Le Cornu

Aaron was appointed to the Board as non-Executive Director in January 2011. He is currently Chief Financial Officer for Elian, a Fiduciary Firm with headquarters in Jersey and operations in 10 countries. Prior to that appointment, Aaron held a number of senior positions within HSBC, latterly as the Deputy CEO of HSBC International. During his 10 years with HSBC, he held a number of Board positions for HSBC subsidiaries and was also involved in acquisitions (such as the purchase of Marks and Spencer Money) and setting up Greenfield retail banking operations in Central Europe. Aaron is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Andersen for whom he worked for eight years, including two years in Australia. He also has First Class Honours Degree in European Management Science from Swansea University.

Non-Executive Director: Alan Bryce

Alan is a non-Executive Director of Scottish Water, Chair of the wind-farm developer Viking Energy Shetland, and an adviser in the utilities industry.  He is a former non-Executive Director of Infinis Energy plc and at Iberdrola USA. Prior to 2010, he held a number of senior positions at Scottish Power, including Managing Director of Energy Networks, and Managing Director of Generation. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Non-Executive Director: Phil Austin

Phil Austin joined Jersey Electricity plc as non-Executive Director in May 2016, having spent most of his career in banking with HSBC. In 1993 he moved to Jersey where, from 1997 to 2001, he was Deputy CEO of the Bank’s business in the Offshore Islands. In 2001, he became the founding CEO of Jersey Finance Ltd, the body set up as a joint venture between the Government of Jersey and its finance industry, to represent and promote the industry at home and abroad. In 2006, Mr Austin joined Equity Trust as CEO of its Channel Islands business, a position he held until 2009 when he left to take on a portfolio of non-Executive positions – a portfolio that currently consists of both publicly listed and privately owned businesses. Mr Austin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. In January 2016, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Mr Austin is a non-Executive director of the following publically quoted companies: 3i Infrastructure Plc, City Merchants High Yield Trust Ltd, Blackstone/GSO Loan Financing Ltd, He was a non-Executive director of Invesco Property Income Trust Ltd from 1 March 2013 until 19 December 2015.

Non-Executive Director: Wendy Dorman

Wendy Dorman was appointed to the Board in July 2016. A chartered accountant, Wendy began her career as an auditor and went on to specialise in financial services taxation. In 2001 she moved from London to Jersey where she led the Channel Islands tax practice of PwC until June 2015. Wendy has over 25 years’ experience in taxation gained in the UK and the offshore environment, working both in practice and in industry. Wendy was Chairman of the Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors from 2014 to 2016 and is a former President of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants. She is a non-Executive director of 3i Infrastructure plc, Jersey Finance Limited and CQS New City High Yield Fund Limited.

Non-Executive Director: Tony Taylor

Tony joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in September 2017. His career spans over 35 years in marketing and communications, having worked for three of the world’s leading global advertising agency networks, in senior management roles. Most recently, Tony has been a Regional Director at J Walter Thompson, part of WPP plc. Born in Jersey, Tony has lived in the UK and Singapore and has worked with numerous blue-chip companies around the world. Tony is also a Director of Jersey Sport and Jersey Milk Marketing Board. He has a BSc in Psychology from the City University, London.

Senior Managers

Company Secretary: Peter Routier

Peter Routier joined the Company in 1986. He was educated at Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire and gained an Honours Degree in Engineering from Surrey University. He qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 1990, and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2003. He was appointed to his current position in 1996. As well as being Company Secretary for Jersey Electricity, Channel Islands Electricity Grid Limited and Jersey Deep Freeze, Peter is also responsible for the administration of the Company’s pension scheme and for the Company’s property portfolio, comprising the Queen’s Road site and a number of residential properties. Peter is also the manager responsible for the Information Technology, Procurement and Internal Audit departments.

Operations Director: Mark Preece

Mark joined Jersey Electricity in February 2017. He has 29 years of utility sector experience gained working in both the UK and the Middle East across a broad range of utility disciplines. In his last role Mark occupied the position of Director of Electricity Networks working for the Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) in Abu Dhabi, which regulates the water; wastewater and electricity industries in the Emirate. Prior to joining the RSB Mark spent 24 years with United Utilities, performing a range of senior roles including, Managing Director of United Utilities Middle East, Director of Business Change and Electricity Operations Director. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Manchester University and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Operations Manager: Ian Crawley

Ian joined Jersey Electricity in 1991 as a Distribution Engineer after 16 years with South Wales Electricity. He was appointed Operations Manager in 2003, having worked in various Distribution and Generation roles within the Energy Division. He is responsible for the management of the Distribution and Supply businesses, which also includes Technical Support. Ian graduated from the Open University with a Master of Engineering Degree in 2002 and became a Chartered Engineer in 2004. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is also a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Chief Engineer: John Duquemin

John joined Jersey Electricity as an apprentice in 1977 and gained a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering through the Jersey Electricity Student Engineer scheme. A Chartered Engineer, John has been involved in all major projects since 1980. These include the first interconnector to France, EDF1, in 1984, the second interconnector, Normandie 2, and the Guernsey-Jersey link, GJ1, in 2000, the 100MW Normandie 3 in 2014 and EDF1’s replacement, Normandie 1 in 2016. He has also overseen several major plant upgrades at La Collette Power Station, including the installation of two replacement 11MW Sulzer Diesel Generators in 2012. He is a Director of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid Limited, a member of the Institute of Directors and is a Chartered Director.

Director of Commercial services: Peter Cadiou

Peter joined Jersey Electricity in 1988. He has over 30 years of working in a commercial environment across all of the Channel Islands and UK. His appointment as Director of Commercial Services brings with it responsibility for JEBS (Jersey Electricity Building Services division), Jersey Energy our building services and environmental consultancy practice; Energy Solutions our load growth and development team. Peter is also a non-Executive director of Jersey Deep Freeze, a local commercial catering and refrigeration business. He holds a Master’s Degree in Building Services Design and Facilities Management. He is a member of ASHRAE and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Peter has a wide range of commercial experience working for many clients across the Channel Islands and UK. He operated as a Director of Jersey Energy, which he jointly founded in 1994. He has held various appointments including Vice-Chairman of JFCE (Jersey Federation of Consulting Engineers), member of the Jersey Energy Trust Board, Programme Director for the States of Jersey Energy Efficiency Service; Technical Adviser to the States of Guernsey Treasury and Resources

Financial Controller: Gregor Wake

Gregor joined Jersey Electricity as Financial Controller in 2013. He graduated from Aberdeen University with an Honours Degree in Accountancy and French, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Jersey. He relocated to Deloitte’s Geneva office after which he joined the Internal Audit Department of a global drinks company. He has since gained further international experience in Group Financial Control and Corporate Finance, and has worked in Jersey, the UK, France and Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is fluent in French.

Director of Human Resources: Andrew Welsby

Andrew Welsby was appointed in September 2017. He has had over 20 years HR experience in the transport, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors – in a mixture of regulated and competitive sectors, and has strong experience working closely with unions. He was formerly HR Director for South West Trains and HR Director Europe/ Sub Saharan Africa for Halliburton, an oil and gas services business.
Andrew became a Fellow of CIPD in 2010 and has a 2:1 in Psychology from Westminster University and a MA in Human Resources Management from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.