Council energy company bosses ‘terminated’ as directors

The two most senior bosses at Robin Hood Energy have been terminated as directors of the local authority-owned energy company.

Documents filed with Companies House shortly before Christmas (December 20) show that both chief executive Gail Scholes and finance director Robert Bain had their employment as directors terminated on 16 December 2019.

A spokesperson for Robin Hood Energy, which is owned by Nottingham City Council, said: ‘Due to an ongoing internal process it’s not appropriate to make any further comment at this stage.

‘We can confirm three new senior executives from energy backgrounds have been appointed to continue our mission of reducing fuel poverty and challenge the Big Six energy companies by putting people before profits.’

The spokesman confirmed that Jeff Whittingham has been appointed as interim chief executive.

Mr Whittingham is the former managing director Orsted Energy and has also worked for British Gas.

Mike Thomas has been appointed as interim finance director.

Mr Thomas has operated as a finance director in utilities ad consumer businesses for many years, including at EON.

In addition, David Bird has also been appointed as a board advisor. Mr Bird is the former managing director of EON UK and ex-CEO of Co-op Energy.

Robin Hood Energy was set up in 2015 by Nottingham City Council with the specific aim of taking on the ‘Big Six’ suppliers.

Since then, it has become one of the biggest players in the local authority energy market and operates several ‘white label’ deals with other councils, with Robin Hood supplying customers under local banners.

In October, there was speculation about the business after the regulator Ofgem revealed it was one of four energy suppliers to miss payments under the Renewables Obligation scheme.

According to figures from the regulator, Robin Hood Energy owed more than £9.4 million.

Nottingham City Council then agreed to loan the energy company the necessary money to pay off the regulator.

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Jamie Hailstone

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