Meet our leaders

Tim Mortlock

Chief Executive Officer

Date of Appointment

17 September 2019
Chief Executive Officer 1 March 2022

Background & Experience

A Chartered Director, Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the energy and utility industry across utility connections, smart metering, data and energy services. Tim was previously part of the UPL business (acquired by SMS in 2014) almost from its inception and, prior to taking up his role as Chief Executive Officer (from 2022), he served as Managing Director of SMS’s asset management, data and energy management businesses.

Tim has expert knowledge of electricity and gas smart metering, having been responsible for setting up UPL’s electricity metering business following deregulation in 2004.

Gavin Urwin

Chief Financial Officer

Date of Appointment

31 March 2021

Background & Experience

Gavin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland with over 20 years’ experience of working across multiple sectors including professional services, support services, FMCG and retail. Gavin joined SMS having previously been Chief Financial Officer of M&Co, a UK and international family-owned retail and property business.

Prior to joining M&Co Gavin held senior finance positions at both William Grant & Sons and Aggreko PLC. During his ten years at Aggreko, Gavin worked both at a corporate level as Group Financial Controller & Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, and operationally as Finance Director of both the Northern European and then Europe, Middle East & Africa divisions.

External appointments
Gavin is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of The Robertson Trust, a charity based in Scotland.

John Hall

Managing Director (Asset Installation)

Date of Appointment

July 2016

Background & Experience

Having joined SMS in July 2016 to head up the Group’s asset installation division, John brings over 20 years of senior management experience to the company, including a previous role as MD of one of the UK’s largest independent metering installation businesses. He believes in strong leadership and enabling a culture that inspires and motivates his team to ensure successful service delivery. John has a proven track record of delivering meter assets at scale, and his knowledge and experience in this field make him perfectly positioned to lead SMS’s asset installation business.

Mark Evans

Chief Information Officer

Date of Appointment

February 2022

Background & Experience

Mark has over 25 years’ experience across technology architecture, IT operations, software engineering, change management and enterprise transformation, including large scale digital transformation. His experience has been gained across a number of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, sales and distribution, as well as in the public sector. Prior to joining SMS in February 2022, Mark spent five years as CTO defining and then delivering the digital strategy at Hodge Bank, before which he was Chief Architect and Head of Technology at the DVLA.

Judy Keir

Chief People Officer

Date of Appointment

March 2022

Background & Experience

Having initially served as Group HR Director since joining the business in 2019, in April 2022 Judy moved into the newly created role of Chief People Officer. Her remit includes leading the people strategy and driving the culture, whilst ensuring that employee engagement, development, health and wellbeing, and equality, diversity and inclusion are paramount. Judy’s HR experience of more than 20 years includes being FCIPD qualified and spans across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors including the manufacturing, construction and financial services industries within the UK, Ireland and internationally.

External appointments
Judy currently holds a long-term Non-Executive Director position with a charitable group.

Craig McGinn

Group Company Secretary and General Counsel for the Group

Date of Appointment

October 2016

Background & Experience

Craig is a qualified corporate and banking lawyer with over 20 years of experience and has responsibility for the management of all legal matters affecting the Group, for ethical risk matters and for supporting the Board in setting and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance. He is a Qualified Solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Craig joined SMS in October 2016 having previously been a partner in the international legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna, and at Dundas & Wilson prior to its merger with CMS.

Gail Blain

Group Financial Controller

Date of Appointment

January 2016

Background & Experience

Gail has strong corporate finance and accounting experience acquired over a number of years in senior financial roles. As Group Financial Controller, Gail has key responsibility for financial and management reporting, financial planning and analysis, and financial performance monitoring across the Group. Since joining SMS in 2016, Gail has worked to standardise and streamline processes ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the business. Prior to joining the Company, Gail spent six years at Aggreko plc and three years with BAA Limited Group. Gail is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, qualifying with Baker Tilly LLP in 2007.

John Flaherty

Managing Director (Grid-scale Energy Storage)

Date of Appointment

September 2021

Background & Experience

A qualified chartered accountant, John spent more than a decade in financial services working for major global institutions in the UK and Europe before moving into the energy sector. Within the energy industry his experience spans senior roles within conglomerates and start-ups across finance, customer service, and commercial, through which he has made notable contributions to energy innovation over the past ten years. Since joining SMS as Director of Business Development in 2018, he now heads up the Group’s Grid-scale Energy Storage division.

Guy Bartlett

Managing Director (Energy Services)

Date of Appointment

February 2020

Background & Experience

Guy joined SMS in 2014 following the acquisition of UPL – where he spent more than a decade in senior commercial roles – and today heads up the Group’s Energy Services division with a focus on developing strategy, new markets, and new technologies and services. Prior to UPL, Guy trained with Deloitte (London) in Corporate Recovery, worked as a financial analyst for the Board at Smiths Engineering Group plc with a focus on financial planning, acquisitions and integration, and was also a senior manager at global consultancy firm, Arthur D. Little, for the incubation of new technology companies.

Iain Hyslop

Director of SHEQ

Date of Appointment

August 2020

Background & Experience

In a career spanning 40 years, Iain has worked in numerous sectors both in the UK and overseas in the field of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (SHEQ). Iain is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, a member of the International Institute for Risk & Safety Management, and is also a member of the Institute of Directors. He has a master’s degree in Safety and Risk Management, and for nine years he tutored on the subject at the University of Strathclyde. Iain is also a published author.

Dilip Kejriwal

Head of Investor Relations

Date of Appointment

January 2018

Background & Experience

Dilip joined SMS 2018 as Head of Investor Relations and is also involved in Group strategy. With an MBA in Finance, Dilip has 12 years’ experience in the utilities, infrastructure and renewable energy space at leading investment banks including Citi, UBS, Macquarie and AMP-Capital. His career spans experience working as a sell-side analyst, primary and secondary investments across the infrastructure sector, and mergers and acquisitions.

Miriam Greenwood

Non-Executive Chairman

Date of Appointment

3 February 2014
Chairman 23 June 2020

Member of

Audit Committee
Nomination Committee (Chair)
Remuneration Committee
Information Technology Committee
Health & Sustainability Committee (Chair)

Background & Experience

With qualifications as a barrister and in corporate finance, Miriam has spent more than 30 years working for a number of leading investment banks and other financial institutions and has been a non-executive director of several publicly listed and private companies. Miriam has extensive experience in the energy and utilities industry.

She was, for nine years until 2013, a non-executive director of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) and, for seven years until recently, chair of the Expert Panel for the Gas Network Innovation Competition.

External appointments
During 2021, Miriam was appointed as a non-executive director of Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust. In addition, she holds non-executive director positions at Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited, the UK subsidiary of Gulf International Bank, at Eclipse Shipping Limited and at River and Mercantile Group plc, where she also chairs the remuneration committee. Beyond board roles, Miriam is an adviser to Ofgem on the current RIIO-2 price control and to the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund. A Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Miriam was awarded an OBE for services to corporate finance.

Graeme Bissett

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment

01 June 2016

Member of

Audit Committee (Chair)
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Information Technology Committee
Health & Sustainability Committee

Background & Experience

Graeme is an experienced corporate financier and qualified Chartered Accountant, having previously been a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and finance director of international groups. He has formerly served on the boards of a number of other companies, including Macfarlane Group plc, Interbulk plc, Belhaven Group plc, Scottish Futures Trust Limited and Anderson Strathern LLP, and was formerly a member of Court at the University of Glasgow.

External appointments
Graeme is a non-executive director of Cruden Group Limited, Calnex Solutions plc, and Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc and also undertakes a number of pro bono appointments, including as trustee of Citizens Advice Scotland and trustee of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation.

Ruth Leak

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment

29th May 2019

Member of

Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Information Technology Committee (Chair)
Health & Sustainability Committee

Background & Experience

Following a varied early career in different sectors, Ruth has specialised in business transformation through the use of technology.

Ruth most recently served as chief information officer for the Letters and Network division of Royal Mail, an organisation where she spent ten years.

Ruth also served as chair of Royal Mail’s Disability Steering Group, encouraging open communication and respect for diversity at all levels as well as seeking technology-based solutions for challenges in the workplace. Prior to Royal Mail, Ruth started her career in operational roles with Procter & Gamble, and then worked in consultancy for Coopers & Lybrand. Following a period at Debenhams she was part of the start-up team behind the British online supermarket Ocado, before honing her commercial and delivery skills further with consultancy Kurt Salmon Associates.

External appointments
During 2021, Ruth was appointed as a non-executive director and chair of the Quality Committee at the Financial Ombudsman Service. Ruth is also an active member of the ‘Women in Technology’ mentoring programme operated by Reed.

Jamie Richards

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment

23 April 2020

Member of

Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Information Technology Committee
Health & Sustainability Committee

Background & Experience

Jamie is a Chartered Accountant and has 25 years’ experience in fund management, banking and corporate recovery with a focus on the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

He was a partner, executive committee member and head of infrastructure at Foresight Group for 18 years. Previously, he worked at PwC, Citibank and Macquarie, in both London and Sydney.

External appointments
Jamie’s other current roles are as a non-executive director and audit committee chair for the investment trust US Solar Fund plc and as alternate chairman of the investment committee of Community Owned Renewable Energy, an investment programme targeting UK solar farms for community ownership.

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We strive for excellence in every facet of our business, reflected by the range of best-practice certifications that underline our commitments to quality, safety, and sustainability.

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Putting our people first

Our people are the beating heart of our business. That’s why our philosophy is to always put our people first, defined by a well-established culture of engagement, recognition, and reward.

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We are committed to improving our impacts on the environment, our communities, and wider society around us through responsible operations and best-practice corporate governance.

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