First Utility

First Utility

February 16, 2013 04:00 ET

Dr. John Roberts CBE Appointed as Non-Executive Chairman at First Utility

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2013) - The UK's largest independent energy supplier, First Utility, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. John Roberts CBE as Non-Executive Chairman.

Dr. Roberts brings hugely relevant experience and knowledge to First Utility at a time when the company is experiencing unprecedented growth and its proposition as a better alternative to incumbent energy providers is resonating with more consumers than ever - this is due to their great performance in providing cheap electricity and gas.

Founded in 2006, First Utility grew from less than 60,000 customers at the end of 2011 to more than 180,000 at the end of 2012, resulting in it placing 20th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 listings. It was the first UK energy supplier to roll out smart meters free to its customers and helps people to save money on electricity and gas bills through the offering of great prices and technology which shows consumers how to control energy consumption and further reduce their bills.

The company counts Morgan Stanley amongst a stable and supportive shareholder base.

Dr. Roberts' considerable past experience includes holding CEO positions at United Utilities, Manweb and Hyder Utilities as well as having been a member of the Board at International Power. His current responsibilities include being Chairman of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of Halite Energy Group, Blackrock New Energy Investment Trust and BlueBay Asset Management Limited. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ian McCaig, CEO of First Utility, commented: "On behalf of our Board I am delighted to welcome John to First Utility. He possesses a rare combination of skills, experience and personal attributes which will help us to fulfil the undoubted potential we have as a company. Not only is he a respected industry figure with deep market understanding, he also brings much to the table as a strategist, technologist and engineer.

We have exciting and ambitious plans for the business in 2013 and John is already making a contribution in terms of helping us shape our customer offer of competitive energy prices coupled with services which truly help people consume less energy and save money."

Dr. John Roberts CBE, newly appointed Chairman at First Utility, says: "I am delighted to be joining a company that is leveraging innovation to drive change in the UK energy market. First Utility offers UK consumers a compelling alternative to the 'big six' and I look forward to working with Ian and the team to deliver real value to our customers."

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About First Utility

First Utility is the UK's largest independent energy supplier. It supplies gas and electricity to over 180,000 residential and business customers throughout the UK. First Utility is pioneering the use of new technology within the energy sector to empower its customers to control their energy spend. It was also the first UK energy supplier to offer smart meters to all its customers in 2008. In 2012 it launched my:energy, an online analytics service which provides households and businesses with personalised information regarding their energy usage with the aim of giving customers cheap electricity and gas.

About Dr John Roberts CBE, Chairman

RBC Europe Limited

Dr John Roberts has been the Chairman of RBC Europe Limited since 2009. Dr Roberts is the former CEO of United Utilities plc, Manweb and Hyder Utilities. His current roles include Chairman of Halite Energy Group Limited, Blackrock New Energy Investment Trust, First Utility and BlueBay Asset Management Limited. He is an adviser to Glennmount Partners and Senn Delaney LLP. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He was awarded the CBE in 2005.

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