Peter Emery

Chair, Greater Manchester Energy Innovation Agency and former Chief Executive, Electricity North West

Peter was appointed Chair of Greater Manchester’s Energy Innovation Agency and to the Board of Innovation Greater Manchester in March 2022.

Peter spent twenty years with Esso and ExxonMobil specialising in strategic planning and operational management, his final appointment was Operations Manager at Fawley Refinery. In 2004, Peter joined the Board of Drax Power Limited as Production Director and was a member of the executive team. Peter played a leading role in converting Drax into a major renewable generator and was Chairman of Capture Power, the joint venture vehicle responsible for the development of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project.

In 2016 Peter was appointed as CEO of Electricity North West Limited, a regulated business responsible for the electricity distribution network covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria. The focus of Peter’s work was to improve customer service and the operational performance of the business whilst reducing the cost to serve. He led significant improvements in innovation and stakeholder engagement and introduced the change to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) enabling the transition to a low carbon economy in the North West. Peter retired down as Chief Executive in September 2022.

In September 2012, Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of N G Bailey stepping down in July 2022. In 2014 Peter was appointed to the Board of The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) where Peter is currently the Vice Chair. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

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