Board of Directors
Non-executive Chairman

Miriam Greenwood

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Chief Executive Officer

Alan Foy

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Chief Financial Officer

Gavin Urwin

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Chief Operating Officer

Tim Mortlock

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Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Graeme Bissett

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Ruth Leak

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Jamie Richards

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Group Company Secretary and General Counsel for the Group

Craig McGinn

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Miriam Greenwood

Non-executive Chairman
Date of appointment

3 February 2014

Chairman 23 June 2020

Background and 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 2020, Miriam was appointed as a non-executive director at Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited, the UK subsidiary of Gulf International Bank. In addition, she holds non-executive director positions 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.

Alan Foy

Chief Executive Officer
Date of appointment

24 December 2007

Background and experience

Alan has been Chief Executive Officer of SMS since 2007. He led the flotation of the Company on the London Stock Exchange AIM in July 2011, and since then annual turnover and profits have risen significantly through a combination of strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Prior to joining SMS in 2004, Alan worked for Scottish Power and, in 1997, gained approval to establish its regulated gas transportation and metering business, SP Gas Ltd, which under his management grew to become a major gas transporter in the UK. He was previously a director of an international energy consultancy practice and has considerable experience in utility asset ownership, supply and shipping activities.

A professionally qualified engineer, Alan places strong emphasis on team development, safety, operational performance and financial accountability within an ethos of customer satisfaction.

External appointments

None.

Gavin Urwin

Chief Financial Officer

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 in February 2021 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 FP&A, and operationally as Finance Director of both the Northern European and then Europe, Middle East & African divisions.

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

Tim Mortlock

Chief Operating Officer
Date of appointment

17 September 2019

Background and 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 current role as Chief Operating Officer, he was 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.

External appointments

None.

Graeme Bissett

Senior Independent Non-executive Director
Date of appointment

1 June 2016

Background and 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, The Scottish Futures Trust Limited and Belhaven Group plc.

External appointments

Graeme is a non-executive director of Cruden Group Limited, Calnex Solutions plc, Anderson Strathern LLP and Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc and undertakes a number of pro bono appointments, including as a member of Court at the University of Glasgow, trustee of Citizens Advice Scotland and trustee of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation.

Ruth Leak

Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of appointment

29 May 2019

Background and experience

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

Skilled in delivering scaled and usable systems that make a difference to companies and their customers, 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

Ruth is an active member of the ‘Women in Technology’ mentoring programme operated by Reed, where she provides one-to-one coaching and support to women seeking to further their careers across a range of roles and industries. Ruth is also Director of the Financial Ombudsman Scheme.

Jamie Richards

Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of appointment

23 April 2020

Background and 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, both in 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.

Craig McGinn

Group Company Secretary and General Counsel for the Group
Background and 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 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.