Energy consultancy Utilitywise has strengthened its board by bringing a director into a newly created executive role focusing on the company’s development.
Jon Kempster becomes commercial director of the North East business as of August 1.
The firm, which employs more than 800 people across the UK and Prague, has established relationships with a number of major UK energy suppliers and helps businesses of all sizes to get better value out of their energy contracts, reducing energy consumption and lowering their carbon footprint.
The company said Kempster will remain on the board of the company, in an executive capacity from August.
Kempster has extensive experience in the public company environment, previously holding board roles with Wincanton plc, Delta plc, Low & Bonar plc, Linden plc and Fii plc.
Most recently he has been finance director of a large private group, JVM Ltd.
The new role of commercial director will see him focus on operations and business development, as well as mergers and acquisitions – a key focus for the rapidly expanding firm which recently announced it is moving into new headquarters at Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside.
Richard Feigen, chairman of Utilitywise, said: “Utilitywise has achieved significant growth to date and is well placed to continue that trend.
“As we continue to increase market share we are keen to add new skill sets that will help us to enjoy sustained, profitable growth and I am sure that Jon’s experience will prove a great asset.
“The board has benefited greatly from Jon’s counsel since he joined in October last year and we are delighted that he has agreed to join us in an operational, executive role.