What is your role? I am the Managing Director of eCharge
How long have you been in the industry? I started in the role of Managing Director at eCharge on the 21st of March. Before that, I was Managing Director at Money Expert. Domestic energy was our biggest vertical, where we switched over 3,000 customers a week on their Gas & Electricity.
How do you see the future of energy developing? Carbon measurement and reduction are no longer a choice for businesses. The UK Government has enshrined new targets in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 and net zero by 2050. Workplace charging will play an incredibly important part in our transition to electric vehicles. Without it, those who don’t have off-street parking will be left behind. eCharge has committed to fitting 50,000 EVC units by 2030, the UK’s most ambitious workplace EV charging rollout, which will help millions of drivers who cannot charge at home.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far? This is my third week in the role, so it is too early to discuss specific challenges. I am more excited about the massive opportunity for eCharge and the opportunity everyone has within eEnergy to offer eCharge as a workplace charging solution to our clients.
I was at my previous company for almost ten years, and I understood the business inside out, so naturally, coming into a new role at a new company was a slight shock to the system, but it’s a challenge I am enjoying. Over the coming weeks, I want everyone in the business to start having conversations about eCharge, and help their clients understand why they need this incredible technology.
What does your average day look like? Day to day I am based in the London office. Right now, my time is split across several areas. For example, I am refining the eCharge offering in line with the feedback we have had from clients so far. I am also working closely with our Charging Unit Manufacturers, EO and Tritium, to ensure we deliver a best-in-class product. This includes enhancing the eCharge software solution, to create the best possible user experience for our clients and their employees/customers. I am also building our installation partner network as we have already seen a high level of interest in the service.
How does your role support net zero and eEnergy? eCharge fits in perfectly with the eEnergy model. It is our job to empower our clients to eliminate energy waste and transition to net zero profitably. I love the eEnergy business model and how passionate our employees are about helping businesses transition to net zero. The fact that we can help businesses make the move towards net zero without the need for upfront investment is something I am really excited bout, especially with so many businesses struggling after the pandemic.
What trends do you think will shape the future of UK energy? It’s all about net zero and we need to help businesses make the move without negatively impacting their bottom line. I believe the move to Electric Vehicles is vital and requires a robust, nationwide charging infrastructure. Onsite generation will also be key as more businesses look to minimise the risk around market volatility and energy security. I believe solar, rather than wind, will be the route most businesses take.
What advice do you wish you had when entering the industry? Always be passionate, have a driven attitude and always be willing to learn. Be intellectually curious and be a team player. I learned that a long time ago and still manage myself this way!
How has your role changed since the pandemic? I joined eEnergy and specifically as Managing Director of eCharge because the energy sector contributes more to the UK economy than ever before. With exciting new innovations in green initiatives and new EV and EV charging technologies, there has never been a more exciting time to work in the industry.