Northern Ireland utility watchdog appoints new CEO

The watchdog overseeing all of Northern Ireland's utility infrastructure has appointed a new chief executive.

The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, commonly referred to as the Utility Regulator, is responsible for electricity, gas, water and sewerage services.

Its new chief executive is Shane Lynch, who is promoted from director for electricity for Utility Regulation which he joined in 2009.

Before that Mr Lynch spent almost three decades in Northern Ireland's electrical industry working for both NIE and the AES Corporation.

Mr Lynch takes over the role in the New Year from Iain Osborne who is due to take up a board-level role with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mr Lynch said: "I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Iain Osborne, for all his work in leading and developing an organisation that is widely respected for its independent expert role, and the significant achievements that it has delivered on behalf of consumers.

"The Utility Regulator's role is to protect the interests of consumers, whilst ensuring that sustainable utilities are maintained as part of the Northern Ireland economy. I look forward to delivering this challenge."

Luke Walsh


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