General Counsel for the Group
Willie MacDiarmidNon-Executive Chairman
Willie is very experienced non-executive and executive director having held a number of senior posts across various sectors.
Amongst a number of previous senior positions, he was formerly interim CEO at Barchester Healthcare, CEO of May Gurney, a main board director at Eaga PLC and on the executive board of ScottishPower for ten years. ScottishPower’s successful metering business was part of his portfolio. Willie also acts as an independent consultant for a number of companies.
Willie is currently chairman of Fallago Rigg, a joint venture between Hermes Capital and EDF Renewables, and chairman of Ogilvie Group, a Stirling‐based family owned business with interests spanning construction, fleet hire and IT. In April 2019 Willie was appointed to the board of Murgitroyd Group Plc, a European patent and trade mark attorney practice, as non-executive director and deputy chairman. He resigned from this position following the sale of Murgitroyd in October 2019. Willie was formerly a non-executive director at Grove, the holding company for Barchester Healthcare and Business Stream (Retail Water and Waste). He also works with senior executives across various industries mentoring and providing one-to-one coaching.
Alan FoyChief Executive Officer
Alan has been chief executive officer of SMS Plc since 2007.
He led the flotation of the Company on the London Stock Exchange AIM in July 2011. In the past
nine years, 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 ScottishPower 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.
Alan 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.
David ThompsonChief Financial Officer
David has operated at both Divisional and Group finance director level within SMS Plc prior to appointment as Chief Financial Officer.
David has held senior finance roles at Energetics Multi Utility Group, a company owned by Macquarie Bank, and before that he held Audit Director posts in PwC LLP and Johnston Carmichael LLP.
Tim MortlockChief Operating Officer
A Chartered Director, Tim has 20 years’ experience in the energy/utility industry across utility connections, smart metering, data and energy services having been part of the UPL business almost since its inception, prior to taking up his current role 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 the SMS electricity metering business following deregulation in 2004, now a fully accredited HH and NHH MOP/DCDA, specifically to provide AMR services to the I&C supplier market. Health and safety has always been at the heart of the electricity metering business, which is recognised for its quality of service delivery and installation activity.
Miriam GreenwoodSenior Independent Non-Executive Director
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.
She was, for nine years until 2013, a non-executive director of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem). A Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Miriam was awarded an OBE for services to corporate finance in 2000.
Miriam is a non-executive director of both Eclipse Shipping Limited and River and Mercantile Group plc. During 2018, she was appointed as adviser to the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund and to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem). Miriam was formerly a non-executive director at Mithras Investment Trust plc and Telit Communications plc. Miriam was also a founding partner in SPARK Advisory Partners, an independent corporate advisory business.
Graeme BissettIndependent Non-Executive Director
Graeme is an experienced corporate financier and qualified chartered accountant, having previously been a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and finance director of many international groups.
He has 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.
He currently holds non-executive appointments with Cruden Group Limited, 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 director and trustee of Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation.
Craig McGinnGroup Company Secretary
General Counsel for the Group
Craig is a qualified corporate and banking lawyer with over 16 years of experience.
Craig joined SMS in October 2016 having previously been a partner in international legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna and also Dundas & Wilson prior to its merger with CMS.
Prior to joining Dundas & Wilson in 2004 Craig was a member of the in-house legal team at Bank of Scotland. He 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. Craig is a qualified solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales.
Craig is also a director of River Clyde Homes, a charitable registered social landlord based in the west coast of Scotland.
Ruth LeakIndependent Non-Executive Director
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 the Royal Mail, an organisation where she spent ten years. Ruth also served as Chair of the 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.
John HallMD of Asset Installation
John joined SMS in July 2016 to head up the asset installation division.
He brings over 20 years of senior management experience to the company, with the last eight years in the industry as MD of one of the largest independent metering installation businesses. He believes in strong leadership and enabling a culture that puts the power in his team to ensure successful service delivery. He has the skills and proven track record for key stakeholder delivery and his knowledge and experience make him perfectly placed to lead our newly formed asset installation business.