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Lisa was engaged by the Code Administrator responsible for efficiently administering governance of the processes for modifying the commercial regime which underpins the British gas industry. Their role is to administer the governance of the processes for modifying the UNC – Uniform Network Code and for a number of sub-committees that oversee its operations.

The UNC is competitive gas industry’s legal and contractual framework for the transportation and supply of gas. It has a common set of rules which ensure that competition can take place on equal terms. It governs processes, such as the balancing of the gas system, network planning, and the allocation of network capacity.

The challenge

They were seeking an experienced Independent Chair for the UNC to support the objectives set out within the GB Gas Industry. A candidate with strong independent and lateral thinking capability, good listening skills and who can also operate in a highly collaborative environment.

  • A robust approach to sharing one’s own ideas and constructively challenging others within the spirit of partnership and mutual respect.  
  • Ability to drive consensus in a fast moving industry 
  • Ability and desire to understand technical issues 
  • Clear understanding of good governance  
  • Ability to make independent, reasoned and sound judgements  
  • Ability to understand interests and concerns of industry stakeholders 
  • Have experience of chairing a board or council preferred but not essential
  • Have experience of codes in a regulated industry such as a utility or large consumer industry – Change Management, Regulation and Governance  
  • As the committee was already heavily loaded with industry Gas experts, they wanted to introduce innovation and Diversity & Inclusion. 

The solution

  • 10-week turnaround
  • Approached 62 potential candidates.
  • Throughout the process held weekly progress meetings with the client
  • Created, profiled, and presented a longlist of 8 exceptionally strong industry candidates.
  • Longlisted 10 candidates, which created a shortlist of 3
  • Shortlisted 3 candidates who went forward to interview.

The Result

Lisa successfully placed a disruptive, experienced Chair specialising in entrepreneurial businesses, governance, and regulation. She was sharp, charming, inspirational, empowering, driven and decisive executive.

With a 15year background of very active participation in market reform in private and public sector, and due to her multi-related background, she developed an in-depth understanding of regulatory and advisory roles.  She has developed close personal contacts and spirit of cooperation with the representatives of various industry regulatory bodies, independent experts, and government to deliver change management, risk and audit management.

She calmly and enthusiastically embraces change, and always adjusts to whatever tough challenges lie ahead, ensuring that no matter how difficult a discussion, she offered a very clear constructive plan so that everyone can contribute.  She gives each member the ability to engage in a discussion and where everyone feels that they are being heard.

She ensures that the panel do not have to second-guess anything they discuss and that they can count on her to be an integral part of the panel as their referee. She is a respected as a credible voice and decision maker.

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