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Key people

Board

Robert Davis (CEO)

Robert is an experienced businessman who is driven by a desire to build successful organisations, create valuable propositions and make the world a better place. He has sat on a range of boards over a 20-year period, in private, public and third sectors.
He has a friendly and engaging style, whilst driving continuous improvement at board level, with courage to challenge conventional thinking. He is reflective, highly motivated and likes to laugh!
In 2017, Robert navigated the company through a significant restructuring, resolving a long-standing pension liability and providing an outstanding platform to grow the company across its global footprint. He is currently assembling a renewed and highly experienced Board to drive the company’s growth in a highly dynamic and exciting sector.
Amongst his other roles, Robert sits as a Non-Executive Director on the Energy Systems Catapult and is the Co-Founder of the Cheshire Energy Hub and Director of its trading arm, Mersey Dee Energy. Having recently retired from the Cheshire & Warrington LEP Board, he continues to chair its Remuneration Committee and sits on its Strategy Board.

Julie Wynne (CFO)
Clive Drinkwater (NED/Chair)
Steve Harvey NED

Steve Harvey, Managing Partner of Hillyer McKeown (www.hillyermckeown.co.uk)

Steve works closely with business owners in Cheshire, Merseyside, Wirral and North Wales, helping them achieve business growth and commercial goals.

With almost 20 years’ experience he is well placed to provide expert, strategic counsel to clients both from a legal perspective but also from a wider business angle. He leads the corporate and commercial teams, acting for owner managed businesses (OMBs) of small and medium-sized enterprises, through to PLCs.

It is important to Steve that clients receive outstanding legal services, unparalleled business advice and guidance - all underpinned by a commitment to delivering unrivalled client service.

Steve is a passionate supporter of the region’s economy.

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-harvey-managing-partner/

Business Leaders

Anne McIntosh MBE

Anne McIntosh is the Director of HV5-9s at EA Technology. She leads a department of over 70 professionals, working with owners and operators of power networks to deliver added value to customers through the specialist collection and interpretation of condition data. The outputs are effective network management to reduce service interruptions, optimise availability and reliability, improve safety and provide peace of mind for customers. Her team has expertise ranging from failure investigations; to condition assessment of assets; to product development and production.

Anne’s previous role was as Managing Director of EA Technology Analytical, successfully doubling the business’ revenue within 5 years. Anne has over 25 years’ experience with EA Technology and her particular areas of interest are in failure and forensic investigations of materials and network assets. She has built up extensive knowledge of high voltage asset condition, understanding degradation and failure mechanisms and their impact on future performance and asset management plans.

Anne has a BSc (Hons) in Science of Engineering Materials from Newcastle upon Tyne University. She was awarded ‘Women in Business’ 2011 by Cheshire Business Awards and an MBE in 2016.

Outside of work Anne is a keen rock climber and enjoys holidaying in Spain. She lives with her husband in Cheshire.

Dave A Roberts

Dave is the Director for our Smart Interventions business - a £6m business of c50 energy professionals. Its aim is to support the strategic choices for energy network customers through its consultancy services and embedded software platforms, with core offerings related to quantifying & reducing investment uncertainty for power assets, improving network resilience and addressing future demands.

He has 16 years in the UK electricity industry, joining EA Technology in 2009 from roles in ScottishPower, with an active history in network innovation, smartgrids and asset management. More recently, he has covered activities from electrical energy storage, to techno-economic modelling, to large scale innovation trials and their adoption. He has played pivotal roles on key innovation projects including the UK’s largest grid / electric vehicle trials (My Electric Avenue, Electric Nation and the EV-Network group), and OpenLV in the 2016 Network Innovation Competition.

Dave is a regional councillor for the CBI’s North West Branch, and part of their current Leadership Programme.

Outside work Dave is a surfer, snowboarder and a qualified coach for British Gymnastics - he lives with his wife and two sons in North Wales.

Chris Lowsley

Chris Lowsley is the Director for the LV Solutions business within EA Technology (www.eatechnology.com).
The LV Solutions business provides a cost-effective suite of products for Automated Low Voltage Intelligent Networks (ALVIN) and fault location. Its primary focus is to help customers run reliable LV networks, minimise the impact of faults, actively manage network risk and keep the lights on for longer
Chris has over 25 years in the UK electricity industry, joining EA Technology for a second time in 2005. His career has taken him from an electrical craft apprentice, through university to mainstream engineering consultancy and finally into the power asset management sector. Chris leads a professional team of engineers who develop and deliver technically advanced solutions to owners and operators of electrical networks worldwide.
Chris is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with the IET and holds a BEng Honours degree from Sheffield University.

Steve McIntosh

Steven is the Director of the Power Skills Centre, which provides programmes, courses and solutions around the issues of workforce development and renewal.
The Power Skills Centre as part of the EA Technology Group has the combined objective of identifying, assessing and developing training solutions and competence development routes that specifically benefit, impact and add value to the power sector.

In addition to leading the Power Skills Centre Steven has contributed to industry working groups and committees also taking an active role in developing an award winning graduate programme for the Cheshire Energy Hub.

Separately he has explored the dynamics of effective team performance and worked with individuals in a coaching and mentoring capacity. He has conducted strategic team building sessions to raise awareness, increasing individual/team performance and function, as well as assisting overall personal development. He is also responsible for mentoring EA Technology’s graduates and seconded representatives on the Cheshire Energy Hub graduate programme.
Specialties: Training needs analysis and solutions, team leadership and management, people development
Technical skills include
Condition assessment of high voltage assets particularly involving partial discharge on cables, switchgear and transformers

Away from EA Technology Steven is an active rock climbing and sports performance coach.

Neil Davies

Neil Davies is the Managing Director of EA Technology Pty Ltd. and has been based in the Brisbane office since 2013. As well as leading EA Technology’s operations in Australasia, Neil also works closely with the other Asia Pacific businesses in the group. 
Neil joined the EA Technology in the UK in 1996 working on the management and assessment of substation plant and equipment.  He is well known for his work on non-intrusive partial discharge testing of switchgear and has published and presented numerous technical papers in conferences and journals worldwide. During his time in the UK he led the development team that introduced the UltraTEV range of instruments to the industry, winning two Queens Awards for Innovation.  
Neil is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with the IET and holds a BEng Honours degree and an MPhil.

Bill Higinbotham

William G. Higinbotham, Senior IEEE Member, Has been president of EA Technology LLC since 2013. His responsibilities involve general management of the company which is responsible for EA Technology activities in North and South America. William is also responsible for sales, service, support and training on partial discharge instruments and condition based asset management. He is an author or co-author of several industry papers. EA Technology LLC is responsible for all activities in North and South America and the Caribbean / Bermuda.

Prior to EA, William was vice president of RFL Electronics Inc. Research and Development Engineering group since 1994. His responsibilities included new product development, manufacturing engineering, and technical support. He joined RFL in 1988 as a senior design engineer. In this period, he has lead the development of numerous products in the areas of utility communications and system protection. Bill is a senior member of the IEEE and is active in the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee. He has co-authored a number if IEEE standards in the field of power system protection and communications. He holds one patent in this area as well.

Bill received his BS degree from Rutgers, The State University on NJ, School of Engineering in 1984 and worked in the biomedical engineering field for 5 years prior to joining RFL. There he developed computer driven products to use in physical therapy and aids to the mentally and physically challenged.