Neil Gillespie

8 December 2020 | Leonardo Royal London

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 Neil Gillespie

Neil Gillespie

United Utilities , Director of strategic programmes

Following graduation from Aston University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Neil began his career as a Management Trainee at British Gas.  Having progressed through the ranks of the business, predominantly in the engineering and operational world of the Transco Gas Distribution business, Neil moved into management consultancy.  After 5 years with Accenture, undertaking various assignments in the energy and utility sector across UK and Europe, he Joined the United Utilities non-regulated division as Head of Business Transformation before taking on a central strategic role across the newly formed Energy & Contract Services division.   Since then, Neil has held a number of senior strategic and programme roles, including Bid Director for a major outsourcing contract, Programme Director for the separation of the non-regulated businesses and establishing and running the Wholesale Market Services team which is responsible for managing the new relationships with retailers including billing and collecting a third of the company’s revenue.  Alongside this Neil established a new energy operating model for UU, creating a centralised energy services division and setting up a renewable energy business, growing this to a portfolio of over 70 separate solar, wind and hydro installations.


Recently Neil has taken on the role of Director of Strategic Programmes, accountable for the delivery of the Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme which is looking to address the risks associated with the existing aged asset, as well as overseeing United Utilities’ role in developing strategic water resources infrastructure schemes to support regional and national water resilience.


Outside of work, Neil is married with two daughters, still plays 6 a side football to keep fit, plays golf to a handicap reflective of a busy job, skis when he can and is eternally hopeful of Liverpool winning the Premier League.

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