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Dr. John Roberts CBE Appointed as Non-Executive Chairman at First Utility

Dr. John Roberts CBE Appointed as Non-Executive Chairman at First Utility 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/13 -- The UK's
largest independent energy supplier, First Utility, is delighted to
announce the appointment of Dr. John Roberts CBE as Non-Executive
Chairman.  
Dr. Roberts brings hugely relevant experience and knowledge to First
Utility at a time when the company is experiencing unprecedented
growth and its proposition as a better alternative to incumbent
energy providers is resonating with more consumers than ever - this
is due to their great performance in providing cheap electricity and
gas.  
Founded in 2006, First Utility grew from less than 60,000 customers
at the end of 2011 to more than 180,000 at the end of 2012, resulting
in it placing 20th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 listings. It
was the first UK energy supplier to roll out smart meters free to its
customers and helps people to save money on electricity and gas bills
through the offering of great prices and technology which shows
consumers how to control energy consumption and further reduce their
bills.  
The company counts Morgan Stanley amongst a stable and supportive
shareholder base.  
Dr. Roberts' considerable past experience includes holding CEO
positions at United Utilities, Manweb and Hyder Utilities as well as
having been a member of the Board at International Power. His current
responsibilities include being Chairman of RBC Europe Limited and
Chairman of Halite Energy Group, Blackrock New Energy Investment
Trust and BlueBay Asset Management Limited. He was awarded a CBE in
2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the
Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Companion of the Chartered
Management Institute.  
Ian McCaig, CEO of First Utility, commented: "On behalf of our Board
I am delighted to welcome John to First Utility. He possesses a rare
combination of skills, experience and personal attributes which will
help us to fulfil the undoubted potential we have as a company. Not
only is he a respected industry figure with deep market
understanding, he also brings much to the table as a strategist,
technologist and engineer.  
We have exciting and ambitious plans for the business in 2013 and
John is already making a contribution in terms of helping us shape
our customer offer of competitive energy prices coupled with services
which truly help people consume less energy and save money."  
Dr. John Roberts CBE, newly appointed Chairman at First Utility,
says: "I am delighted to be joining a company that is leveraging
innovation to drive change in the UK energy market. First Utility
offers UK consumers a compelling alternative to the 'big six' and I
look forward to working with Ian and the team to deliver real value
to our customers."  
For more information on First Utility please visit:
www.first-utility.com.  
About First Utility www.first-utility.com. 
First Utility is the UK's largest independent energy supplier. It
supplies gas and electricity to over 180,000 residential and business
customers throughout the UK. First Utility is pioneering the use of
new technology within the energy sector to empower its customers to
control their energy spend. It was also the first UK energy supplier
to offer smart meters to all its customers in 2008. In 2012 it
launched my:energy, an online analytics service which provides
households and businesses with personalised information regarding
their energy usage with the aim of giving customers cheap electricity
and gas.  
About Dr John Roberts CBE, Chairman  
RBC Europe Limited  
Dr John Roberts has been the Chairman of RBC Europe Limited since
2009. Dr Roberts is the former CEO of United Utilities plc, Manweb
and Hyder Utilities. His current roles include Chairman of Halite
Energy Group Limited, Blackrock New Energy Investment Trust, First
Utility and BlueBay Asset Management Limited. He is an adviser to
Glennmount Partners and Senn Delaney LLP. He is also a Fellow of the
Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and
Technology, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a
Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He was awarded the
CBE in 2005. 
Contacts:
Grayling
(0)20 7932 1850
doug.miller@grayling
firstutility@grayling.com
 
 
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