Energy & Utility Skills Appoints a New Strategic Client Director

03 October 2017

Stephen Barrett has joined Energy & Utility Skills Group* as the Strategic Client Director. In leading on UK-wide account management, he will also lead the National Skills Academy for Power and work with the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership to raise awareness of the Workforce Renewal & Skills Strategy.
Stephen has worked in the energy sector for over 11 years, primarily in the nuclear industry for a range of businesses including Babcock International Group, National Skills Academy for Nuclear and Thales UK.

His last role was as the Head of Skills Strategy (Nuclear) at the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), where he was responsible for strategy, delivery and growth of the nuclear portfolio, focusing on positioning the ECITB at the centre of the nuclear skills landscape. Responsible for developing and delivering the sector strategy and operating model, he also established the nuclear sector forum to develop and deliver projects on securing skilled, qualified and experienced personnel to meet the civil nuclear programme’s current and future needs.

Commenting on his new role, Stephen said: "The energy and utilities sector performs a vital role for both the economy and society. I am extremely pleased to have joined Energy & Utility Skills at such a key time and look forward to being part of an organisation that is committed to demonstrating thought leadership in workforce renewal and skills enhancement."

Kate Davies, Chief Operating Officer at Energy & Utility Skills, who Stephen will report to, added: “We are delighted to welcome Stephen as our Strategic Client Director and see his appointment as key in supporting the delivery of the sector’s key priorities.

“With his industry experience and stakeholder understanding, we are confident Stephen has the skills and experience to work with our members, employers and wider stakeholders to increase our future talent pool, maximise investment in skills across the sector and in addressing anticipated skill gaps and shortages.”

Energy & Utility Skills, the expert voice on workforce issues across the sector, is the provider of choice for guidance, employer solutions, setting, registering and assessing competency standards and bespoke consultancy.  It helps employers attract new talent, develop their workforces and assure a high level of competence across their businesses. For more, visit

The National Skills Academy for Power is a membership organisation that delivers initiatives, products and services identified as essential by our member employers to the long-term sustainability and attractiveness of the sector. For more, visit

The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership is a collective of 29 leading sector employers that are working together to secure the continual seamless delivery of the wider sector’s services across the UK. Energy & Utility Skills was the driving force behind the creation of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership. For more, visit

The Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy is the first-ever coherent strategic plan for the continued delivery of essential energy and utility services to 65 million people every day across Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The sector accounts for 56% of the National Infrastructure Pipeline, which underpins the UK economy. Read more