London, 22 August 2017 - OVO Group, the parent company of leading independent energy supplier OVO Energy, today announced that it has appointed Georgia Berry to the newly created role of chief of staff to CEO and founder, Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Berry joins from 10 Downing Street, where she was Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, overseeing the development of government policy across all aspects of energy including generation mix and technologies, the UK energy network, and reforms to the retail market.
Prior to her time at Number 10, Berry was Head of Corporate Responsibility at Centrica where she shaped strategies focused on sustainable growth and led liaison with policy makers and civil society on sustainability issues. Previous roles saw her work for charities and NGOs focused on conservation, clean technology and sustainable energy.
Berry’s appointment comes at a crucial point for OVO as it accelerates its evolution from a top-rated, pure play energy retailer into a multiservice energy technology company. Following a succession of acquisitions, including grid services company VCharge, insurance and home services provider CORGI HomePlan, electric vehicle (EV) chargepoint installer ChargedEV and EV components supplier, Indra, and the launch of a major EV partnership with Chargemaster; OVO is fast transitioning to position itself at the vanguard of companies developing future-facing smart energy services and systems.
Commenting on the appointment Stephen Fitzpatrick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Georgia to OVO. She will play a vital role in helping to shape our strategy as we accelerate our efforts towards helping create a democratised and decarbonised future energy system. Her deep understanding of the impact digitisation is having on our industry, coupled with her passion for sustainability issues, will prove invaluable as we seek to harness the disruptive power of technology to make energy better for everyone.”
Georgia Berry commented: “OVO has built a strong reputation as an innovative company that prioritises the interests of its customers, but that is just the start. I’m excited about working with Stephen to develop growth strategies for the wider business that will harness the opportunities presented by emerging technologies. Future changes, including the development of in-home battery storage, electric vehicles and smart controls, present the opportunity to provide everybody with abundant, clean and fairly-priced energy.”
Berry takes up her role on Monday 4th September.
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About OVO Group
OVO Group is comprised of OVO Energy, the UK’s top rated energy supplier; grid services technology company VCharge; CORGI HomePlan, the UK’s third largest home services provider; electric vehicle chargepoint installer, ChargedEV; Indra Renewable Technologies, providers of electric vehicle components and services; and In Home Technology (IHT), a smart meter and technology installation business.
Founded in 2009 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, OVO Energy has redesigned the energy experience to be fairer, greener and simpler for all and has attracted nearly 700,000 customers and has been recognised as the uSwitch Energy Supplier of the Year, and ranked as number one in the 2015 and 2016 Which? energy customer satisfaction surveys.
OVO Energy Ltd, registered office 1 Rivergate Temple Quay Bristol, BS1 6ED, company no. 06890795 registered in England and Wales, VAT No. 100119879
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Please see below for full terms and conditions on 33% renewable electricity, 3% interest rewards, exit fees and saving claims.
1Monthly cost - Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying in advance by direct debit, including online discount. All rates correct as of 24/1/2018, but may go up or down.
2Weekly cost - Representative weekly costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas). All rates correct as of 22/11/2017, but may go up or down.
3Pay Monthly Savings claims: Saving based on the estimated annual cost of OVO Two year fixed tariff for a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying monthly in advance by direct debit, including online discount. Comparisons made against the average of the Big 6 standard variable tariffs with equivalent features. All rates correct as of 06/2/2018.“The Big 6” are British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, Npower, E.ON and EDF.
4Pay As You Go Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYG OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
We include almost twice as much renewable electricity as the national average: At least 33% of electricity in all of our tariffs comes from renewable sources. The national average, according to Ofgem as at March 2014 was 16.7%. For more information please visit this page.
33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
OVO Interest Rewards: Interest Rewards are paid on credit balances of customers paying by monthly Direct Debit. It is calculated at 3% in your first year, 4% in your second year and 5% in your third year (and every year thereafter) if you pay by Direct Debit. Interest Rewards are paid monthly based on the number of days you’re in credit and the amount left in your account after you’ve paid your bill. Full terms apply: https://www.ovoenergy.com/terms
95% of new customers save when switching to OVO: Savings based on the average estimated annual costs for all new OVO customers quoted through the OVO website, compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/05/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT.
94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.
uSwitch's Energy Supplier of the Year 2017: OVO energy was voted and awarded 'Energy Supplier of the year' and best for: Overall Customer Satisfaction, Most Likely to be Recommended, Value for Money, Best Deal for You, Customer Service, Billing Services, Energy Efficiency, Meter Services, Online Services, Green Services and Transfer Process. OVO Energy scored a 96% customer satisfaction score.
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