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Amelia Fletcher

Amelia Fletcher is Professor of Competition Policy at the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia and a non executive director at the Financial Conduct Authority. Previously she was Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading, and a consultant with the firms Frontier Economics and London economics. She has a particular interest in the implications for competition and consumer policy of behavioural economics and online markets.

Ann Bishop

Ann Bishop is the Chair of UK Power Network's Customer Engagement Group (UKPN CEG). Ann is the founder of Indepen and has more than 30 years' experience with regulated infrastructure businesses and regulators in the UK and internationally.

David Black

David Black is Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat. He was previously Director of Economics at Ofwat, and before that he led the finance and modelling workstreams for the 2014 price review. David has also held positions at Oftel, the New Zealand Treasury, the NZ Commerce Commission.

David Currie, Baron Currie of Marylebone

Lord David Currie is the inaugural Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority and a cross-bench member of the House of Lords. His distinguished career has included serving as Dean of City University's Sir John Cass Business School; the first Chairman of Ofcom; a member of the board of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority; a director of the Dubai Financial Services Authority; a member of the advisory panel of the Leveson Inquiry; and other board memberships in private and charity sectors.

Gordon Downie

Gordon Downie is a partner at Shepherd + Wedderburn and an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation. His law practice has developed an emphasis on the role and functioning of markets in regulated sectors in the UK and overseas.

James Plunkett

James Plunkett is Executive Director of Advice and Advocacy at Citizens Advice. He joined Citizens Advice in 2014 and was formerly Director of Policy at the Resolution Foundation, and before that he worked at 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard University.

James Richardson CB

Dr James Richardson is the Chief Economist at the National Infrastructure Commission, taking on the role in 2016/ Previously he was Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser at HM Treasury (2012-2016) and Public Spending and Chief Microeconomist at HM Treasury (2008-2012)

Jonathan Brearley

Jonathan Brearley is Executive Director of Systems and Networks at Ofgem. Previously, as Director for Energy Markets and Networks at DECC he led Electricity Market Reform, and before that he was Director at the Office of Climate Change.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is the Consumers and Markets Director at the CAA. He joined the CAA in 2018 from the Payment Systems Regulator where he spend two years as Head of Policy. He previously served at the chief executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission, and has also held senior positions at Ofgem and the postal regulator Postcomm (now Ofcom)

Peter Atherton

Peter Atherton is an associate with FTI, Cornwall Insight, Sustainability First, and the RPI. Previously he was an equity analyst covering the European utility sector and has also lead research teams at a number of investment banks.

Sarah Cardell

Sarah Cardell is General Counsel at the Competition and Markets Authority, a post she has held since 2013. Her previous work has included: Legal Partner of the Markets Division at Ofgem; partner in the Competition Group at Slaughter and May; and a period of secondment at the Office of Fair Trading.

Sonia Brown, Chair

Sonia is Director of UK Regulatory Policy and Public Affairs at Visa Europe. Prior to joining Visa in 2015 Sonia was a board member and Chief Regulation Officer at Ofwat, and before that, Chief Economist at Monitor. She began her career at Ofgem.

Sonia is a former Chair of the Council of Management of the RPI..

Steve Smith

Steve Smith is the Competition & Regulatory Strategy Director at Lloyds Banking Group where he leads the implementation of remedies from the Group CMA Retail Banking Inquiry as well as LBG's project to understand and prepare for the impact of Brexit.