Belfast Telegraph

Electricity director appointed to top job at energy watchdog

Northern Ireland's energy watchdog has promoted its director of electricity to the top job.

Shane Lynch succeeds Iain Osborne as chief executive of the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator after joining the organisation last year.

Mr Lynch has been in the electricity industry in Northern Ireland for 27 years. He worked for 17 years at AES where he was managing director of Kilroot Power Station and then development director for Ireland.

Mr Lynch said he was excited about the new role. "I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Iain Osborne, for all his work in leading and developing an organisation that is widely respected for its independent expert role, and the significant achievements that it has delivered on behalf of consumers," he said.

"The Utility Regulator's role is to protect the interests of consumers, whilst ensuring that sustainable utilities are maintained as part of the Northern Ireland economy."

Mr Lynch can expect a starting salary of around £127,890.

Professor Peter Matthews, chairman of the Utility Regulator Board, welcomed the new chief executive. "Shane brings considerable commercial and management skills, and significant experience of economic regulation," he said.