Warm West Board of Directors
Professor Phil Jones (Chair)
Phil is Head of School and Director of Architectural Science at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University. He has a national and international reputation as a leading expert in his field of energy use, environmental design and sustainability in the built environment. Under his leadership, WSA has become one of the largest and most prestigious architectural schools in the UK. Phil has acted as a UK government adviser for building regulations and chaired several working groups. Currently, he chairs the European COST C23 ‘Low carbon Urban Built Environments’ network which has 19 member states. Phil joined Warm Wales as a Member and as Chair of the Board when the company was established in 2004.
JayneAnn has considerable experience in providing support services within a diverse range of organisations including retailing, not for profit organisations and private companies. With a law degree from the London School of Economics and over 30 years experience as an HR professional she now runs her own HR consultancy. Jayne has a significant track record of supporting growth and change management within fast moving successful organisations. She is a Board member and former Chair of the Corporate Board of a large further education college in South West Wales. JayneAnn became a board member of Warm Wales – Cymru Gynnes in August 2010.
Kevin has more than 16 years experience of working in the regulated gas and electricity industry and joined the Warm Wales Board in June 2012. He studied Economics and Politics at Cardiff University and has an MBA from Warwick Business School. He currently works for National Grid where he has held a range of positions including regulatory, commercial, operational and customer facing roles. In October 2011 Kevin set up an External Affairs team within National Grid to deliver consistent customer and stakeholder engagement across National Grid’s £11bn 8 year construction programme. This includes providing strategic direction and practical support to National Grid’s major schemes such as those in mid and north Wales, Cumbria, Suffolk and Somerset. Kevin is now Head of Major Infrastructure Development at National Grid. Outside of work his young family takes up most of his time, but when he gets the chance he still enjoys playing sport, especially the odd round of golf.
Steven J Edwards, BSc Hons, ACMA, MIGEM Head of Regulation & Commercial, Wales & West Utilities Ltd. WWU is the gas distribution network company that transports gas and provides the gas emergency service for the whole of Wales and the South West of England. WWU owns and maintains over 35,000km of Gas distribution pipes which serve over 2.5m supply points. Since 2009, Steve has helped develop and deliver the Gas Distribution Fuel Poor scheme with Ofgem and other industry parties. Working with its partners, WWU has now delivered over 10,000 fuel poor connections benefitting families in most need across Wales and the South West of England. Steve has also been closely involved in the Ofgem review of the RPI-X form or regulation, resulting in the “RIIO” form of Regulation. Steve led the first “RIIO” business plan submission for Wales and West Utilities resulting in an agreed settlement with Ofgem for the next 8 years. Steve is also a Board Member of the Energy Network Association and in 2011 gave evidence on behalf of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), to the Energy Select Committee on the future role for Gas in the UK.
Mari is currently Co-Director of Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales and is an experienced marketing and business strategist having worked in a number of private and public sectors. Mari previously managed a marketing consultancy for eight years and has worked regularly with organisations in the Far East, Middle East and Russia on business development and links with Wales. Mari also owns two Cardiff-based businesses, a health spa and a Welsh-language, Organic Eco-Day Nursery. Having lived in Cardiff for 15 years Mari arrived via Carmarthen, Newark, Aberystwyth and Llanystumdwy but is originally from Trimsaran.
Heather Beynon ACCA BA (Hons)
Heather is a qualified accountant and completed her ACCA training and exams working for Broomfield and Alexander, the largest independent accountancy firm in Wales. Heather has gained over 15 years’ experience in several business areas including charity and not for profit organisations. Heather is a Gold Medal winner for achieving the highest aggregate mark in her professional exams sat by 6,500 people across the world and also received the Julian Hodge prize for the highest mark in Wales. Heather also has a First Class BA Hons degree in Accounting and Finance.