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DCUSA Panel and Board

DCUSA Panel and Board

The panel must act in a manner designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • That the DCUSA is given effect in such a manner as will facilitate achievement of the DCUSA Objectives.
  • That the DCUSA is given effect without undue discrimination between the Parties or any classes of Party.
  • That the DCUSA is given full and prompt effect in accordance with its terms and conditions​.
  • That the DCUSA is given effect in a fair and economical manner​.

Panel members are appointed by means of an election process that occurs annually. Elected panel members are also appointed as directors of DCUSA ltd.

The DCUSA Panel should consist of :

  • 2 Supplier Representatives​ (each with an Alternate)
  • 2 DNO Representatives ​ (each with an Alternate)
  • 1 CVA Registrant Representative ​(and an Alternate) ​ *Alternate position is currently vacant.
  • 1 IDNO Representative ​(and an Alternate)

Simon Vicary 

Simon joined the energy industry in 1990 as an engineering graduate. Initially training as a Distribution Engineer he then moved to the commercial side of the business.

Throughout his career he has led teams of multi-disciplinary professionals across a variety of commercial, regulatory and analytical disciplines, spending over eight years leading the EDF Energy team forecasting DUoS and other non-energy costs.

He is currently the Senior Manager for Charging Development at EDF Energy with responsibility for changes relating to network charges. He has proposed several successful industry code changes and is a member of numerous industry workgroups.

Peter Waymont

Peter is Income Services Manager at UK Power Networks with responsibility for DUoS billing, Connection Agreements, Unmetered Supplies Operations and DCUSA matters.

He has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, having started out training to qualify as an accountant, and has taken various roles involving accounting, forecasting, pricing, billing and contract management.

Peter has been a Panel/Board member since DCUSA inception, having been part of the group which established the DCUSA.

Donna Jamieson 

Donna has over 20 years’ experience in the IDNO sector – a background which saw her actively involved in industry governance having managed the accreditation and market entry of one of the first licensed IDNOs. Donna first joined the DCUSA Panel in 2007 as the IDNO Party Representative and was also the first IDNO rep to chair the Panel.

In her day-to-day working life, Donna is Head of Regulations & Compliance at Independent Distribution Connection Specialists Ltd (IDCSL), which operates ‘final mile’ electricity networks. Donna’s main role at IDCSL is to develop and implement operational strategies driven by regulatory change in the energy market.

Simon Yeo

Simon has worked in the electricity industry for over 30 years; first with South Western Electricity Board (SWEB) and then from 1999 with Western Power Distribution and now from 2022 National Grid. He is currently Income Manager for NGED, where he has focused on commercial areas such as setting distribution prices and modelling of electricity sales, income and price control revenue.

He has taken part in many national groups mainly Distribution charging focused and chaired such groups as Distribution Charging Methodologies Forum (DCMF) and CDCM/EDCM review groups. He has sat on the DCUSA panel since April 2012 and also currently sits on the BSC SVG group. In addition he has taken part in numerous DCUSA change proposal groups and the current Ofgem led significant code reviews.

Donald Preston

Biography to follow

Kevin is Senior Regulatory Manager at Centrica, managing a team responsible for all energy supply industry codes and agreements, and regulatory reporting for both the domestic and commercial business units.

Kevin has extensive energy regulation, commercial and operational experience with a detailed understanding of the retail energy market. He has in-depth knowledge of the energy industry code governance arrangements, coupled with experience of senior representation on multiple code governance bodies including REC, MRA, and SPAA Panels and Boards. Kevin also takes a leading role on code governance reform and major industry transformation projects, such as MHHS.

Kevin has led on a number of significant DCUSA change proposals, including the introduction of Network SLAs to support smart installations, arrangements to facilitate gas only smart installations, introduction of electricity theft incentive schemes and changes to permit de-energisation activity to facilitate installation of low carbon technologies.

Tim Ellingham

Tim has previously been elected as a DCUSA Board and Panel member.

Tim has been involved in the power generation industry since 2005. His roles have covered a multitude of areas from control and electrical engineering to gas trading and power market analysis.

Tim has been the connections manager for the RWE group since November 2016.

Karl Maryon

Karl has been working in the energy industry since 1988 and has performed a variety of roles spanning forecasting, tariff design, IT programming, application development and regulation. He has been directly involved in industry code modification developments for over 14 years, with a particular focus on the DCUSA and industry-wide charging arrangements and has been a DCUSA Panel Member since 2018.

Karl currently works in the Regulation team of Drax Group with primary responsibility within the team for Industry Governance arrangements pertaining to the DCUSA. As part of this role, he ensures industry changes and code modifications are successfully delivered into Drax’s Supply licensed businesses within the required timelines. Prior to his current role, Karl worked as a Non-Commodity Cost Analyst within Haven Power (now trading as Drax Energy Solutions Limited). In that role he was responsible for forecasting Non-Commodity Costs, ensuring internal systems were accurately configured and took account of regulatory and industry developments.

Throughout the last 14 years, Karl has been a regular participant in Ofgem and industry-led workstreams. This has involved participation in many industry-code working groups, including Distribution Change Proposals (DCPs) looking at credit cover and tariff stability. He has also been instrumental in raising successful changes to other industry codes, for example, P326 under the BSC which looked to make the Credit Cover calculation more accurate for suppliers in the I&C market.

Karl’s areas of subject matter expertise include Credit Cover, Non-Commodity Costs and Charging Methodologies.

Karl’s approach to fulfilling the role of Panel Member is geared towards protecting the integrity of the DCUSA and the industry and he always seeks to provide a balanced view recognising the different needs of the varied market participants and consumers both today and in future.

Lee Wells

Lee has over 19 years of experience in the energy industry with Northern Powergrid and, as Policy Lead – Commercial, currently leads on commercial policy/regulatory matters.

Lee has been heavily involved in the evolution of the methodology for calculating Use of System Charges, in particular playing a leading role implementing Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review Significant Code Review and Access and Forward-Looking Charges Significant Code Review (the latter primarily focusing on Connection Charges).

The majority of Lee’s career has involved working in a role focused on code governance (across various codes, such as the DCUSA, CUSC and BSC) and regulatory matters (e.g. licence changes).

Alex Travell

Alex has a background in the energy and utilities sector spanning roles in retail, trading and network businesses, with experience of working in electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, water, smart metering and telecoms. His specialist area is industry code governance and policy development. He thrives in complex business environments, leveraging his expertise in regulation, governance and compliance to drive success. He finds fulfilment in contributing to the energy transition and in applying his skills to help teams towards achieving their goals.

Victoria Burkett

Victoria has extensive knowledge and understanding of governance, regulatory and industry codes frameworks in the UK energy sector, developed from over 17 years of experience in a variety of roles within SSE.

Victoria has knowledge of both the domestic and non-domestic sector.