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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.


Matt Rudling, Director of Customer Services

Matt is responsible for ensuring that UK Power Networks delivers the best possible customer service to our eight million customers in London, the South East and East of England.  The role includes setting the internal and external standards for service delivery, external communications including media relations, and building strong relationships with other key stakeholders.

Matt has worked in the electricity distribution industry for over 25 years, fulfilling a variety of operational and managerial roles.  Matt has a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as a certificate in Sustainable Business from Cambridge University.  



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 Safety, Strategy and Support Services

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.




Chris Degg, Director of Human Resources

Chris is responsible for UK Power Networks HR activity with employee relations being his main area of specialism.

Chris has over 25 years HR experience working in a variety of blue chip companies in the power and drinks sectors, the last 10 years operating at Director level.  Chris spent eight years at British Nuclear Fuels at Sellafield followed by a variety of senior HR roles with Whitbread and Interbrew culminating in his appointment as HR Director for Allied Distillers, the UK manufacturing arm of what was then Allied Domecq.

His interests include all sports, particularly rugby union and football, travelling and spending time with his family.



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.




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.



Richard Roberts, Director of Finance

Richard is responsible for finance at UK Power Networks.

Richard has over 17 years of experience in regulated and non-regulated activities in the energy sector. He joined in 1992 from KPMG, and held a number of senior finance and strategy positions there.  He was appointed Finance Director of Regulated Networks in 2000 at SEEBOARD and Finance Director of the combined networks business covering London and the South East of England in 2002.

Richard is an experienced FCA, having qualified in 1987, and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.




Mark Adolphus, Director of Connections

Mark is responsible for the Connections business of the company, which had a turnover of circa £200m in 2012. 

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.