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Meet the Team

We always create a dedicated and highly experienced team of people to draft and prepare our RIIO Business Plans. The Programme Director for RIIO-T2, Jim Sutherland, oversees a team of the RIIO-T2 business area leads. Each business area lead also has their own specific team of highly skilled individuals making sure we have all bases covered and ultimately create a robust plan that can facilitate a low carbon future.

Jim Sutherland, RIIO-T2 Programme Director

Jim is RIIO-T2 Programme Director at SP Energy Networks. He studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Strathclyde University before joining the energy industry in 1988. Initially he worked in the nuclear generation sector before moving into our networks business. He has undertaken a variety of engineering and regulatory roles including leading the development of the Western Link offshore transmission project through initial design, funding and contract placement. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.  In addition, Jim completed his MBA at Heriot Watt University in 1999. 

Craig McTaggart, RIIO-T2 Non-Load Investment Manager

Craig has 24 years’ experience in our Transmission business and is a Chartered Engineer. He specialised in protection and control, working in project design and delivery and subsequently was responsible for policy, acting as the company’s design authority. He was the lead in the SP Transmission and NGET joint venture for his area in the development of the Western Link, has represented the company in Cigré working groups and has led protection assessment for the Energy Networks Association. Most recently he was responsible for all transmission system development, the interface with National Grid System Operator, management of connections and strategic asset management.

John Rodger, RIIO-T2 Programme Manager, SP Energy Networks

John has more than 18 years’ experience managing major infrastructure projects around the world – working across all facets of design, delivery and construction for global, multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies. John joined SP Energy Networks, within the Transmission business, to manage and develop the multi-million pound customer connection portfolio. More recently John has worked as the Transmission Planning and Reporting Manager, working across all major project portfolios to ensure an efficient and coordinated delivery of the Transmission capital investment programme, prior to being appointed to his current role.

Stephanie Anderson, RIIO-T2 Policy and Economics Manager

Stephanie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. In 2012, she graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde. In 2012, Stephanie joined SP Energy Networks’ Regulation Graduate Scheme where she spent a significant proportion of time developing SPEN’s licences for our RIIO ED1 price control. 

In 2014, Stephanie progressed into her role of Licence Development Manager where she managed all of our licences, monitored external potential policy impacts and prepared consultation responses to Ofgem and BEIS on behalf of SPEN. Stephanie has also recently completed her ACCA Accountancy exams.

Martin Hill, RIIO-T2 Load Investment Manager   

Martin is leading the development of the load related development to ensure that users’ plans for how they consume and generate electricity can be accommodated by the transmission network. He is also responsible for planning how the RIIO-T2 Business Plan will be delivered. Martin joined Scottish Power in 2005 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. His experience has been gained across a number of roles including operational projects, Investment Planning, Corporate Strategy, Future Networks and Engineering Design & Standards. 

Andrew Stanger, RIIO-T2 Finance and Modelling Manager

Andrew is an Accountancy graduate. Prior to joining Scottish Power he trained in practise with KPMG, spending seven years with the firm, which included two years with their New Zealand practise. Andrew is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with 14 years’ experience in Energy Networks regulatory finance with Scottish Power.  He has extensive experience across several price control settlements and led the finance team for our RIIO ED-1 negotiation. Andrew has a breadth of experience gleaned from working in financial reporting, business operational reporting, merger, benchmarking and business restructure projects.

Suzanne Taylor, RIIO-T2 Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Manager

Suzanne has more than 13 years’ experience in the electricity industry, working across both liberalised and regulated businesses. Suzanne joined Scottish Power Energy Retail after graduating from the University of Strathclyde in Law and Marketing. She has gained substantial experience from various roles in our Customer Services and Commercial business areas before moving to SP Energy Networks. Suzanne has also worked in Distribution Policy, with specific responsibilities for Industry Governance, Trading Operations and smart metering before moving to lead the our Social Obligations team prior to being appointed as the Stakeholder and Communications Manager for RIIO-T2.

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