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Meet our executive management team 


Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer of UK Power Networks

Basil Scarsella is Chief Executive Officer and Director of UK Power Networks, owned by the CK Group.  

Prior to taking up the appointment at UK Power Networks, Basil was the CEO of Northern Gas Networks from 2005, also owned by the CK Group, distributing gas to 2.5 million homes in the north east of England.

From 1998, Basil was the CEO of ETSA Utilities, a privatised electricity distribution business in Australia.  Between 1994 and 1998 he was General Manager of ETSA Power Corporation, responsible for electricity distribution, retailing, field services and customer services. Before joining ETSA Corporation in 1994 he was Group Planning and Finance Manager at the South Australia Gas Company (SAGASCO).

Basil holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant.  He is a Life Member of Football Australia and former Member of the Executive Committee of FIFA.  He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and in 2003 became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to sport.

Basil and his wife Rita have a daughter and two sons.

Nirmal Kotecha, Director of Capital Programme and Procurement,

Nirmal is responsible for UK Power Networks’ Capital Programme and Procurement.

Prior to joining in 2011, Nirmal was a Main Board Director at the Highways Agency for three years with the responsibility for delivering the Agency’s £9 Billion Roads Programme. He is accredited with the transformation of the Agency’s capital programme delivery and commercial capability following severe criticism from the Nichols Review in 2007.

Nirmal has also spent over eight years with Anglian Water where he set up a sector leading supply chain function and is accredited with developing Anglian Water’s collaborative @One alliance model for delivering its 2005-2010 Capital Programme.

He is currently a member of Infrastructure UK’s (IUK) Client Panel; the Green Construction Board’s Infrastructure Working Group and a consultee on the National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum (NIPSEF). Nirmal is an accredited OGC High Risk Project Reviewer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.



Suleman Alli, 
Director of Customer Service, Strategy, Regulation and Information Systems

Suleman joins UK Power Networks from Accenture where he was a Managing Director, leading the utility network operations practice in the UK.

Suleman has 15 years utilities experience, delivering business transformation, company restructures and operational performance improvement across gas, electricity and water sectors.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.




Ian Smyth, Director of UK Power Networks Services

Ian Smyth joined UK Power Networks in August 2016, to lead the commercial division called UK Power Networks Services.

For 20+ years, Ian has worked with leading utilities, governments and regulators in global energy markets. His expertise is in transforming utilities to adapt to and commercialise evolving energy systems, new technologies and smarter networks.

Ian has a solid track record of delivering improved financial performance and growth through developing and executing strategies, exploiting new technologies and leading power market development. He has experience using advanced analytics to improve utility operations.

Prior to joining UK Power Networks Services Ian was a Managing Director at Navigant, a Partner with LCP and a consultant with Ernst & Young.

Ian has a BA(Hons) and an MSc in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence.



Barry Hatton, Director of Asset Management

Barry is responsible for the development and deployment of network and asset strategies for optimising investment and performance. 

He joined the industry in 1981 after graduating from Imperial College and has over thirty years’ experience in the operations and management of electricity distribution networks. 

Barry is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has a Masters degree in technology management. He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Energy Innovation Centre and represents UK Power Networks on the Electricity Networks Strategy Group.




Mark Adolphus, Director of Health, Safety, Sustainability and Connections 

Mark is responsible for the Connections business of the company, which has a turnover of circa £200m. 

Mark joined London Electricity in 1992 as an engineering graduate trainee and has enjoyed a diverse career across a number of operational, engineering and commercial roles. Formerly, Mark spent six years as Head of Network Operations for London, responsible for electricity supplies and construction across the vibrant and economically critical London area. Mark is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and holds a Masters degree in engineering business management from Warwick Business School as well as a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Leicester.




Patrick Clarke, Director of Network Operations

Patrick has day-to-day responsibility for managing the distribution of electricity to eight million customers in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. He is currently responsible for an annual budget of over £400 million and employs 3,600 people plus 2,000 contractors. 

He joined the industry in 1978 and has risen from an apprentice to an executive director over that period. Patrick has undertaken a number of significant senior level roles during the past 15 to 20 years and has been an executive director for the past 12 years, in roles such as Human Resource Director, Connections Director and his current role. 

Patrick has placed a strong emphasis on community investment for almost 30 years, especially supporting and mentoring young people to achieve their dreams. In 2005 he co-authored ‘Made in Britain’ a book majoring on inspirational role models from British BAME communities (almost 10,000 copies sold).  He holds a Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, OBE, MBA and an MA.




Andrew Pace: Director of HR, Legal and Company Secretary

Andrew Pace joined UK Power Networks as Director of Human Resources in January 2018.

Andrew has over 25 years HR leadership experience working for both UK and international companies predominantly in the construction and infrastructure sectors, which has included spells in operational line management. His HR remits have spanned the whole range of HR activities including reward, resourcing and organisation development.

After spending his early career in engineering Andrew held various HR leadership roles with John Laing construction, Rio Tinto and Balfour Beatty.

Prior to joining UK Power Networks Andrew was Executive Director, construction and infrastructure at Morgan Sindall.




Jenny Harrison, Finance Director

Prior to joining the company in January 2017 Jenny spent 4 years at BT Group as the Director of External Reporting – a highlight was leading the financial reporting elements of BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE and publishing the group’s first ‘integrated’ annual report. Jenny spent almost 20 years in various ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, Ernst & Young, Andersen and Deloitte. While there she focused on audit, assurance and transaction advisory work for energy and utilities companies – oil and gas, mining, electricity and water. She co-led the development of a renewable energy practice and carbon reporting and assurance practice. She is a trustee of a small Leeds university-based sustainability charity, United Bank of Carbon, who support tree planting and preventing deforestation in the UK and overseas.

Jenny qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998. She has lived and worked abroad in Kazakhstan and India and now lives in Sussex with her husband Piers and three children.