Senior appointments signals major growth plans for Switch2 Energy

Market leading heat network provider strengthens its senior leadership team with two key hires

Switch2 Energy, which is the UK’s largest specialist community and district heating  business, has made a number of senior appointments to support its ambitious growth plans.

Richard Slee has joined the Yorkshire headquartered company as CEO with a mission to maximise Switch2’s market-leading position as the dominant force in UK heat networks.

Simon Waite has also joined the business as the new Financial Director. They will work alongside existing Business Development Director Kirsty Lambert and the established senior management team to drive a significant five-year expansion plan.

Most recently, Richard Slee was CEO of Adare SEC, where he led a turnaround of the  business. He was previously European President for global technology giant Premier Farnell – responsible for business transformation, strategy and multi-channel sales across western and eastern Europe and North Africa.

Simon Waite joins Switch2 from ACM, where he was Vice President, Finance for Europe and Asia. Prior to that he was Vice President, Finance at PACE International.

The new senior leadership team will build on Switch2’s  successful 35-year track record as an end-to-end solutions provider to the heat network industry.  The sector is poised for rapid growth – driven by government policies to decarbonise heat and provide affordable energy for consumers.

Commenting on his new role, CEO Richard Slee said: “Switch2 Energy has an excellent reputation as a trusted provider to the UK district and community heating  industry.  I look forward to leading an expanded senior leadership team with the experience and focus to capitalise on exciting growth opportunities in the market.”

Earlier this year, Switch2 launched a new full-service heat network ESCo service in partnership with its sister company Ylem EPC, which designs, builds, finances and operates distributed energy centres.

Switch2 Energy supplies 70,000 residents and 180 clients across 500 heat networks. Services include equipment design, manufacture and supply, metering, billing and pay-as-you-go, through to maintenance, energy centre management and customer services.