Board of Directors
Non-Executive Chairman

Willie MacDiarmid

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Chief Executive Officer

Alan Foy

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Non-Executive Director

Miriam Greenwood

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Non-Executive Director

Graeme Bissett

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Group Company Secretary
General Counsel for the Group

Craig McGinn

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Chief Financial Officer

David Thompson

David Thompson
Senior Management
MD of Asset Installation

John Hall

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MD of Asset, Data & Energy Management

Tim Mortlock

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Willie MacDiarmid

Non-Executive Chairman

Willie is very experienced non-executive and executive director having held a number of senior posts across various sectors.

He is currently chairman of both 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.

Amongst a number of previous senior positions, he was formerly a Non-Executive director at Business Stream (Retail Water and Waste) and Grove the Holdco for Barchester Healthcare, interim CEO at Barchester Healthcare, CEO of May Gurney, a main board director at Eaga PLC and on the executive board at ScottishPower for 10 years. ScottishPower’s successful metering business was part of his portfolio. Willie also acts as an independent consultant for a number of companies.

Alan Foy

Chief 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 market in July 2011. Through a combination of strategic acquisition and organic growth, the annual turnover has quadrupled to £42m, and EBITDA has risen from £5.7m to £19m in the last 4 years.

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.

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.

 

Miriam Greenwood

Non-Executive Director

With qualifications as a barrister and in corporate finance, Miriam has spent more than 25 years working for a number of leading investment banks and other financial institutions. Miriam is a founding partner of SPARK Advisory Partners, an independent corporate advisory business.

Miriam is a non-executive director of a number of companies including Mithras Investment Trust plc and Eclipse Shipping Limited. For SMS Plc, in addition to being a non-executive director, Miriam is also chair of the remuneration committee.

From 2004 to 2013, Miriam was a non-executive director of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (OFGEM) for whom she is currently chair of the Gas Network Innovation Expert Panel. A Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Miriam was awarded an OBE for services to corporate finance in 2000.

Graeme Bissett

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 currently holds non-executive appointments with a number of businesses, including Cruden Group Limited and Anderson Strathern LLP, and is a trustee on the board of Citizens Advice Scotland and Entrepreneurial Scotland. He has served on the boards of a number of other companies, including Macfarlane Group plc, Interbulk plc, and Black Circles Holdings Ltd, and currently undertakes a number of pro bono appointments, including chairman at ‘Children 1st’, Scotland’s national children’s welfare charity, and as a Member of Court at the University of Glasgow.

Graeme is chair of the audit committee.

John Hall

MD 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.

Tim Mortlock

MD of Asset, Data & Energy Management

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 and is now 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.

Craig McGinn

Group 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.

David Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

David is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a number of years’ experience in senior finance roles in the energy and utilities sector. 

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.