Director ESB Networks DAC
ESB Networks is a regulated business and carries out its role as set out in the Transmission Asset Owner (TAO), Distribution Asset Owner (DAO), and Distribution System Operator (DSO). Licences are put in place by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). The day to day licence activities and investments in the network are funded through the Use of System Charges paid by customers through a proportion of the units of electricity they buy from their electricity supplier. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has the responsibility for approving Networks expenditure and setting the Use of System Charges. There are currently approximately 3,100 staff in ESB Networks, and so it is the largest business unit in the ESB Group in terms of staff numbers. The MD of the unit is Marguerite Sayers. There are seven senior managers reporting to Ms Sayers and their key duties are outlined as below.
Head of Finance, Networks
The Head of Networks Finance is responsible for the overall financial and commercial management of ESB Networks which has a Regulated Asset Base of circa €8bn. She is also responsible for corporate governance and regulatory compliance as well as the legal function within ESB Networks.
Head of Human Resources & Support
The Head of Human Resources and Support is responsible for the full spectrum of strategic and operational HR activities, including resource planning, employee relations, organisational design, recruitment, performance management and people development. In the case of ESB Networks, he is also responsible for Supply Chain Management, for managing the fleet of over 1,500 vehicles and the ESB Networks Training Centre, which trains school leavers as Network Technicians and also provides a wide range of specialist technical training for more experienced staff and contractors.
Head of Asset Management
The Head of Asset Management is responsible for ensuring successful and efficient programme delivery within the regulatory framework and in line with the price review agreed with the Commission for Energy Regulation. He is also responsible for ensuring operational excellence in the management of the network and ensuring engineering excellence in the management of assets.
Head of Safety & Organisational Transformation
With over 2,000 staff and contractors carrying out work on the electricity system every day, and responding to faults 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, ensuring the safety of all ESB Networks staff and contractors , as well as co-ordinating Public Safety Activities is the key role of the Head of Safety and Organisational Transformation.
Head of HV Delivery & Contracting
The Head of HV Delivery and Contracting is charged with delivering major capital and maintenance projects on High Voltage network assets, including the Transmission system, in terms of cost, quality and time and within the overall agreed regulatory framework. The role also includes the management of internal and contractor resources, and continuous performance reviews to ensure the effective delivery of major projects as part of business strategy.
Manager, Distribution & Customer Service
The role of Head of Customer Services is to ensure that ESB Networks provides a quality service to its 2.3M customers in a safe and effective manner and within regulated cost and service performance targets. In addition the Head of Customer Services also manages external stakeholders and continuous improvement of customer relations on behalf of ESB Networks.
Systems & Sustainability
The Head of Systems and Sustainability is responsible for ESB Telecoms Services businesses, and the area of ESB Networks R&D in Smart Metering, Smart Networks, innovation and implementation/design of new IT systems. The role also includes the management of the metering activity for ESB Networks, including all market interactions.