Jenny Saunders OBE

Non-Executive Director

Jenny Saunders has been Chief Executive of National Energy Action since 2007, and prior to that was Director of Communications.

She has a number of public advisory roles:

UK Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty
Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Group
Durham Energy Institute’s Advisory Board at the University of Durham
Newcastle University Sustainability Institute’s Partnership Committee
UKERC Advisory Board
She also has a number of advisory roles to the energy sector and is a member of:

Scottish Power’s Stakeholder Forum
EDF Energy’s Standards of Conduct Panel
Northern Powergrid’s Social Expert Group
and chairs SSE’s Customer Forum
She is a Non-Executive Board Director of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions Community Interest Company.

Jenny is also trustee of Energy Action Scotland.

Having helped to establish a grant-making fund at the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to assist women to achieve their full potential, Jenny served on the Women’s Fund Committee for five years from 1999 – 2004. She served as a trustee of the British Gas Energy Trust for six years until October 2010 and the Chesshire Lehmann Fund from 2009 – 2016 and was a member of EDF Energy’s CMA scrutiny panel. She is chair of a local community group in Newcastle.

A language graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Jenny worked in Norway and in youth and community training programmes prior to joining NEA. She was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for her services to the fuel poor. In December 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle in Civil Law.