Posted: Thursday 13th February 2014

Leading multi-utility connections provider and asset owner Energetics has put another key element in place for expansion by appointing Eddie McGuinness its operations manager for Scotland.

The new recruit will manage the building of new multi-utility energy networks across Scotland and is responsible for ensuring the safe and effective delivery of electricity, gas, and water infrastructures.

Now based at Energetics’ Scottish operational depot in Uddingston, near Glasgow, Mr McGuinness is a highly qualified and experienced gas distribution engineer. He has over 30 years’ experience in the gas and multi-utility industries.

He was previously gas distribution engineer and project manager with EMG Gas Consultancy, where he offered a wide range of skills and experience on downstream networks and multi-utility project management to clients in Scotland and the north of England.

Explaining the reasons for his move, Mr McGuinness said: “Energetics has established a very strong foothold across the UK utility infrastructure market and is growing steadily. I believe the company’s ambitions to double the workforce over the next five years show its ambitions to become a sector leader. For me, the organisation has a great set of principles and is going about things the right way. Its intentions are very clear - to be first choice by doing a job well, and to stay there for the long haul.

“I am delighted to join Energetics and be part of a team which will challenge existing utility service relationships, provide full multi-utility solution alternatives across the UK and continue to improve the energy market by forging new contacts and building better practices.”

Mr McGuinness’s arrival follows Energetics receiving Ł38m of debt and equity financing to support its future growth earlier this year from affiliates of Macquarie Group, a leading banking, financial, advisory and funds management service provider. His hire follows that of other senior and experienced utilities sector professional Nigel Alcock, Energetics’ new chief financial officer, also recruited with the company’s expansion and intention to provide stronger competition to traditional utility network companies in mind.

After beginning his career in 1981 with British Gas, where he was a distribution engineer for a decade, Mr McGuinness also worked for six years in various roles with Fulcrum Connections, where he gained experience in multi-utility work, among other areas.

He then spent seven years with Connect Utilities, latterly operating as regional manager for Scotland and northern England, covering gas, water and electricity works, as well as being responsible for operational safety. He then spent a year on the Isle of Man, converting the LPG and LPG/air mains distribution networks to natural gas, which involved the mains and services for 6,800 homes, before taking up his last role.

Bill McClymont, chief executive officer, Energetics, said: “We are delighted to welcome Eddie on-board and know with his vast amount of experience in the gas and multi-utility industries, he will be a vital asset to the team. Eddie’s appointment demonstrates our confidence in the company and commitment to recruiting more staff into key positions, enabling further growth for Energetics as we expand across the UK.”

Energetics employs over 230 people across the UK. It is an independent specialist, fully accredited to design and build electricity, gas, water and street lighting networks at residential and commercial property sites. The organisation competes directly with traditional utility network companies, such as Scottish Power, which formerly enjoyed monopolies in their regions.

The company is fully licensed by the regulator to own and operate the gas and electricity networks it installs, a status enjoyed by few competitors. The company project-manages the design-and-build process, from planning to connection, working closely with operators including property developers, house builders, main contractors and mechanical and electrical consultants.

Among the high-profile developments on which Energetics’ in-house utility engineers and service staff have worked successfully are: Birmingham New Street station, where the company’s delivery of a high-voltage electricity supply will help provide a twenty-first century transport hub for the city and wider West Midlands; John Lewis’s customer contact centre in Hamilton Technology Park, near Glasgow, where a tailored solution, saving considerable space, was connected ahead of schedule, with minimal disruption to other occupants; Media City UK, the 200-acre mixed use site in Salford, delivered by Bovis Land Lease, now housing the BBC, among other organisations; and Oakgrove Millenium Village, Milton Keynes, a Millenium Communities Programme development comprising of 230 homes, schools and a health centre.

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