Belfast Telegraph

Phoenix chief to take up finance post at Dee Valley

A BROUGHSHANE man has been appointed as finance director to one of Britain's biggest utilities companies.

David Strahan was managing director of Belfast-based Phoenix Supply Ltd for almost six years before being appointed to his new role at Dee Valley Group.

Under his leadership he was responsible for the strategic expansion of the Phoenix Group into the Republic of Ireland where the company supplied some of the largest industrial gas users in Ireland.

Phoenix Supply rapidly grew to become the second largest natural gas supplier on the island of Ireland.

In June of this year the supply part of the Phoenix business was sold to SSE (Airtricity).

Dee Valley Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and supplies drinking water to parts of North East Wales and North West England.

The company supplies around 65m litres of water per day to over 258,000 customers and has over 2,000km of water mains network. The Dee Valley Group employs around 160 staff.

David also sat on the Executive's Fuel Poverty Advisory Committee.

He is expected to take up his new post at the end of this month.

Peter Dixon, chief executive at Phoenix Group, congratulated his former co-worker.

"David played a key role in the growth of the Phoenix supply businesses for many years and will be a real asset to Dee Valley Group," he said.

"We wish him all the best in his new career across the water and have no doubt that his appointment will prove to be a resounding success".