Chief Executive, Utility Regulator

Jenny became Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator (responsible for the economic regulation of Northern Ireland’s electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries) in November 2013.

A BSc (Hons) graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, she joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1985 and was appointed as Director of Energy Policy in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in 2004 where she managed policy and legislative responsibilities in relation to the electricity, gas and renewable energy industries for over 6 years. Under her stewardship the all-island Single Electricity Market, Europe‘s first cross-jurisdictional market, was created.

After becoming Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department for Social Development in July 2011, with responsibility for urban regeneration and community development, Jenny was actively involved in the initial stages of Ulster University’s ambitious Greater Belfast Development expansion programme, championing in particular, its civic agenda.

After serving on the Council of Ulster University for almost 3 years she became
Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council in July 2019. Jenny also chairs the executive board of the cross border International Centre for Local and Regional Development – a collaborative initiative between Maynooth University in Ireland and Ulster University, established in 2006.

Jenny is a Fellow of both the Royal Geological Society (FGS) and the Energy Institute (FEI), and is also an alumna of the US Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA.