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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Paul Bowens

Paul worked for Northern Electric for 25 years, mainly in its retail business in a wide range of increasingly senior roles across sales, operations, purchasing and business development. His time at Northern Electric included 2 years working in the energy supply business as Head of Product Development. This period was at the time when the gas and electricity markets were de-regulating and energy companies had growing obligations to assist customers to become more energy efficient, requiring the development of new approaches to customer engagement and delivery of energy savings programmes to meet legislative targets.

Paul moved to Eaga Partnership in 2002 to work on developing its commercial strategy. Eaga was predominantly focused on delivering fuel poverty alleviation programmes for the national governments in the UK. Extending Eaga’s commercial strategy, Paul developed product and service offerings for energy companies to assist with delivering their energy and carbon saving obligations. In 2005 Paul joined Eaga’s core IPO project team, established to lead the business through an organisational re-structure, re-setting of the partner ownership structure and IPO. The business successfully joined the stock market as Eaga Plc, a FTSE 250 company, in June 2007. Following work on the IPO, Paul became Managing Director of Eaga’s Specialist Services Division, leading the further development of both Eaga’s energy company offering and a number of small entrepreneurial businesses in the UK, Canada and India. Carillion Plc acquired Eaga in April 2011, at which point Paul’s role became more focused on the UK energy companies' carbon programmes as Account Director.

In October 2013 Paul joined Cenergist, as Business Development Director. Cenergist is a Newcastle based energy services business providing services to local authorities and housing associations to develop and fund energy saving projects. He has recently retired.

Paul holds a MBA and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. As well as his role on the Advisory Body of DEI, Paul is a member of the North East Energy Leadership Council.