Former Government Minister and MP, Mike Foster, now Chief Executive, of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has been appointed Non Executive Director and Chair of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solution (NG-AWS). Mike Foster took over the unpaid role of Chair at the community-interest-company’s Annual meeting on June 27th.
Commenting on his appointment, Mike Foster said:
“Tackling fuel poverty in the UK has become a real passion for me, now I work in this sector. That’s why I was thrilled and delighted to be asked to take on this new role. NG-AWS have a tremendous record in delivering schemes that tackle fuel poverty. I hope we can deliver many more programmes in the years to come, as together with our partners, we try and eliminate fuel poverty.”
“Fuel poverty is a fact of life for over 4 million UK households. People live in cold, expensive to heat homes, which manifests itself in poor health as well as impacting upon the quality of life for all living there. We are one of the richest countries in the world, yet 40,000 people die early each year as a result of the cold.”
“Fitting first time central heating systems, connected to the gas grid, is a proven way of tackling fuel poverty. Gas tariffs are considerably cheaper than electric, and gas central heating is a popular and flexible way to heat a home. More than 8 in 10 of us benefit from gas central heating.”
“At a time when energy prices are high on the political agenda, I am confident that fuel poverty concerns will become a greater focus for policymakers and I know that NG-AWS can make a real contribution to the debate of how to tackle fuel poverty.”
Jeremy Nesbitt, NG-AWS Managing Director, stated, “I am delighted to welcome Mike to the AWS Board and are grateful for him agreeing to accept the role of non-executive Chairman. Having known Mike for a number of years I’m looking forward to supporting him and are excited about what the future holds. His wealth of knowledge and experience will add real value to an already dynamic leadership team who wholeheartedly welcome Mike ‘on-board’.”