Introducing the Future of Gas Forum Steering Group

In May 2019, we invited nominations from gas industry stakeholders to become members of the Future of Gas Forum Steering Group.  The Group will be chaired by Cathy McClay, Head of Future Markets, National Grid System Operator.

The Steering Group has been set up to provide cross-industry leadership to develop a Gas Markets Plan focused on the priorities and changes to the gas market over a 10-year horizon.  The Group will highlight the signposts for change and action, the impacts on the gas market frameworks, and the types of initiatives needed to prepare for the gas market of the future.  These will be aspects on which the Gas System Operator (GSO), and other relevant stakeholders, should focus in the forthcoming year to maximise consumer value and prepare for the future.

We were pleased to see great interest in the Steering Group, and sought the broadest range of perspectives and representation to work together to develop the Gas Markets Plan. We are delighted to announce, that after careful consideration of the nominations, the following people will join the Steering Group.  Each member will represent their sector, as well as their own company views. They will be engaging their sectors to disseminate group updates as we progress, which we will also publish on

We look forward to our first Steering Group meeting in September 2019 and we will publish agreed minutes, presentations and other relevant documents on this website.

More information is provided in the Terms of Reference and the Nomination Process, as well as in our Q&A below.

Stakeholder category Steering Group Members (appointed July 2019)
Independent Chair Cathy McClay, Head of Future Markets National Grid System Operator
BEIS Dave Buttery, Deputy Director Energy Security  BEIS
Ofgem To be confirmed
Consumer James Kerr, Senior Policy Researcher  Citizens Advice
Environmental Lisa Fischer, Senior Policy Adviser  E3G
Local authorities  Hywel Lloyd, Non-Executive Board Member  UK100 Local Government Leaders
Gas networks, physical connections & commercial users Lorna Millington, Future Networks Manager Cadent
Emma Buckton, Supply Strategy Support Manager  Northern Gas Networks
Steven de Ranter, Managing Director  Interconnector UK
David Mitchell, Senior Energy & Climate Change Executive Chemical Industries Association
Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager  Oil & Gas UK
Robin Cannings, Commercial Manager Storengy
Julie Cox, Head of Gas Trading Energy UK
Richard Fairholme, Regulation Manager Uniper
Kirsty Ingham, Commercial & Regulation Manager ESB
R&D, innovation & advisory Ray Arrell, Senior Project Manager Regen
Corin Taylor, Principal Consultant, Future of Gas DNV GL
Tony Dicicco, Senior Manager – Markets, Policy & Regulation Energy Systems Catapult
Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director & Professor  Thornton Energy Institute
Technology & manufacturing Marcus Newborough, Development Director ITM Power
Sam French, Syngas New Market Manager Johnson Matthey
National Grid Ian Radley, Head of Gas Operations National Grid Gas System Operator
Total 22 Members (including Independent Chair)

Q & A

Q: I was not aware of the Steering Group but would have liked to be involved.  How can I engage with the GMaP work?

A: The Gas Markets Plan is stakeholder-led and we are drafting it based on our discussions with a broad range of stakeholders.  Please explore this website to find out more about recent developments, and contact our box account [email protected] initially if you would like to discuss the developing content.  We will be sharing details of our progress on the Future of Gas website, as well as holding regular Future of Gas Forums where you can provide your input and perspectives.  We held our first Future of Gas Forum in May 2019, and will be hosting a further Forum later this year.

Q: How can I be involved in the Steering Group in the future? Do you have a waiting list if I submit a nomination now?

A: All future vacancies on the Steering Group will be advertised on the Future of Gas website.  The Terms of Reference set out how any vacancies arising will be filled.

Q: How often will the Steering Group meet?

A: The Steering Group Terms of Reference set out that it will meet 3 or 4 times a year.  The Group will decide on the frequency of meetings in line with its work plan and areas of focus

Q: Can I attend the Steering Group as an observer?

A: The Steering Group will be deciding upon its areas of focus and will invite guests to attend the Steering Group in line with items for discussion.  If you consider that you have information on a topic or project relevant to developing the Gas Markets Plan, please contact  our box account [email protected] to share your views.