Our new CEO Vicky Kelsall takes the helm as Frank Mitchell set to retire

21/07/2022

It has been annouced that Vicky Kelsall will take the helm as our new CEO, taking over from Frank Mitchell on his retirement.

Vicky brings over thirty years’ experience in the energy sector, working across electricity networks in the UK and US alongside retail in the UK.  She has worked in international roles for Scottish Power with PacifiCorp and, most recently, with its parent group Iberdrola in North America at Avangrid.  Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of SP Energy Networks, responsible for all transmission and distribution operations.

Vicky takes over as we forge ahead with our ambitious plans to lead the transition to a low carbon net zero future investing significantly in the electricity networks across Central and Southern Scotland and North West England and North Wales. 

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Vicky Kelsall, CEO of SP Energy Networks said: “SP Energy Networks holds the key to unlocking the net zero future for homes and businesses across our transmission and distribution areas and has outlined bold plans to ensure we can decarbonise in the most cost-effective way for consumers. 

It’s a privilege to take over the reins at this crucial time and I look forward to working with the team to get on and deliver in the months and years ahead.

Vicky will have an initial handover period with Frank Mitchell and will lead our business starting in July, before she fully takes up the position before the end of this year. 

Frank started his over 30-year career at as a graduate engineer in Networks, moving through multiple senior roles covering Retail, Generation and Corporate in the UK and USA before his appointment as CEO of SP Energy Networks in October 2009.

As CEO, he has secured greatly expanded power export capacity from Scotland, improved operational efficiency and surpassed targets set by Ofgem across Electricity Transmission and Distribution, steered the business through both the impact of the financial crash and Covid, all the while improving service for customers and creating a world-class safety culture across the business.

Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power said: During his time at Scottish Power, Frank has driven the business to success with huge levels of investment in significant infrastructure to support the transition to a cleaner, greener electricity system – all while delivering safe, reliable power to millions across the nation. We wish him the very best for his future.  

Vicky takes over SP Energy Networks at a crucial time for the UK energy system as we rapidly progress our plans for decarbonisation. Her experience in the sector and pedigree in delivering for customers will stand the business in good stead as it moves into a hugely transformative period with billions in investment to transition the GB electricity network to a net zero future.”

Vicky becomes the only women at the helm of a GB electricity distribution network business and SP Energy Network’s first female CEO. 

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