The challenges faced by the world’s climate not only require a long-term vision, but also determination and consistency in action.

About Vincent de Rivaz

Vincent de Rivaz is the Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy and a member of the Executive Committee of EDF Group.

He has been CEO since 2002 - serving first as CEO Of London Electricity Group, which would eventually merge with Seeboard and the Eastern Network to become EDF Energy (2003).

A hydroelectric engineer, Vincent joined EDF in 1977 in the External Engineering Centre. From 1985 to 1991, he managed the Far East region for the International Division of EDF, establishing EDF as a major player in China.

Between 1991 and 1994, he was Managing Director of the Hydro Power Department of EDF and between 1995 and 1998 he worked as Deputy Head of EDF International Division, in charge of large projects abroad. Vincent de Rivaz joined the EDF Finance Division in 1999 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and, in 2000, became Director of Financial Strategy and Operations.

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Delivering on our Better Energy Ambitions

In 2016 and beyond we will balance the need to deliver our long-term vision while addressing the short-term opportunities and challenges. I believe the ability and commitment to do this is one of the greatest strengths of EDF Energy. Remaining true to our values of Trust, Transparency and Teamwork, I am confident we will deliver a successful 2016.

 

Vincent de Rivaz profile

Awards and accolades

  • Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2015.
  • Made honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 by Her Majesty the Queen, for services to the electricity and gas industries
  • Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur - 2009
  • Named National Ambassador by HRH the Prince of Wales, in July 2009, for his significant contribution to the Prince’s Business in the Community projects.
  • The Energy Institute’s 71st Melchett Award - June 2006.
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in recognition for the major contribution he has made to engineering.

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News from Vincent de Rivaz

Hinkley Point C: 'New nuclear' has to be part of our low-carbon energy future

Vincent de Rivaz answers questions from detractors of the Hinkley Point C project.

Imperial College Annual EDF Energy Lecture

Vincent de Rivaz of EDF Energy discusses what is at stake at the Paris Climate Summit and the responsibility of business in tackling climate change.

Watch video: EDF Energy COP21 Expert Panel Event

EDF Energy COP21 Expert Panel Event

On Wednesday 4 November, over a hundred people attended EDF Energy’s Expert Panel discussion, looking at key climate change issues ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). 
 

Hinkley Point C - Société française d'énergie nucléaire (SFEN)

Vincent de Rivaz outlines the plans for Hinkley Point C at the Société française d''énergie nucléaire (SFEN).

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Beatrice Bigois

Beatrice Bigois, Managing Director - Customers

Béatrice Bigois is Managing Director of Customers at EDF Energy, a position which she assumed in January 2014. This role oversees EDF Energy’s entire residential customer, business customer and wholesale optimisation activities.
Béatrice is currently a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Control and Risk Committee of Edison Spa.

Béatrice joined the EDF Group in 1994 and has held various roles within Finance, Risk Management and Asset Optimisation at both EDF and EDF Energy. In 2006, she joined EDF Trading and was responsible for setting up and running its Paris trading office. She was then appointed CFO and Executive Director of EDF Trading, London in October 2008.

Béatrice graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1992, where she specialised in Applied Mathematics and Economics.

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director of NNB

Humphrey studied Engineering and Management at Manchester University and worked at KPMG before joining Seeboard in 1991.

He was appointed Executive Director in May 2000 with responsibility for Seeboard's non-regulated businesses and group strategy. Following Seeboard’s acquisition by EDF Group in 2002, he was appointed Strategy and Development Director with responsibility for the operations and development of non-regulated networks businesses. Following the change to EDF Energy, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and became a member of the Board.  His responsibilities included finance functions, procurement, property, legal and information technology.

In January 2009 he was appointed Managing Director Nuclear New Build following EDF Energy’s integration with British Energy. He is responsible for the delivery of EDF Energy’s plans to build new nuclear reactors in the UK, at Hinkley Point in Somerset, Sizewell in Suffolk, and Bradwell in Essex.

Stuart Crooks

Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of Generation

Stuart is Managing Director for Generation, bringing together all EDF Energy’s UK generation assets under one management with a diverse portfolio of nuclear, coal, gas and renewables.


Stuart started his career in 1981 as an apprentice maintenance electrician with the Great Universal Stores Catalogue firm. He joined British Energy in 1986 (known then as the Central Electricity Generating Board) and worked his way through various engineering and senior management roles on three different designs of Advanced Gas Reactors. Following completion of his MBA, Stuart took on the role of Business Analyst working on a number of international energy projects. In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Station Director at Dungeness, and then in 2003 Station Director at Hartlepool. He then took on the role of Boiler Closure Unit Project Director for Hartlepool and Heysham, followed by Safety and Technical Director.


Following acquisition of British Energy by EDF Energy in 2009, Stuart was appointed Chief Technical Officer, Nuclear Generation, responsible for commercial and technical support for the fleet of 15 nuclear reactors on eight power stations to achieve the optimum level of performance, safety and reliability.


Stuart is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, a fellow of the Electrical Engineering Institute, has an HND in Physics, BSc in Physics, BSc (Hons) in applied Physics and an MBA.

Rob Guyler

Rob Guyler, Chief Financial Officer

Rob Guyler has been with British Energy and subsequently EDF Energy for 18 years.  A chartered accountant, having qualified with Coca Cola Schweppes and Mars Confectionery, Rob spent several years in Management Consultancy with Price Waterhouse before joining EDF Energy.  Rob has undertaken a number of finance management roles, both operational and corporate, including that of Group Financial Controller for British Energy Group plc. and Finance, Commercial and IT Director of EDF Energy Generation

His current role is Chief Financial Officer of EDF Energy.

Rob has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and ACMA accounting qualification.

Janet Hogben

Janet Hogben, Chief People Officer

Janet has had a varied corporate career crossing many functional boundaries. Having done a Business Studies BA, she worked for BP for 20 years, during which time she worked on areas as diverse as LPG Logistics, N. Sea Gas Contracts, Leadership Development, Refinery Economics, Culture Change and even Oil Trading.  Additionally, while BP’s Bitumen General Manager for Europe, she lived and worked in Belgium.

She left her final role with BP, as Head of Competitor Analysis, in 1998 and has spent her career since then in HR, firstly for Seagram (part of Universal), then for Diageo and now for EDF Energy, where she is the Chief People Officer. She is also the Chair of the EDF Energy Pension Scheme.

When not working, her main interests revolve around theatre-going, dining out, being with family and friends, personal fitness and walking.  She also enjoys being a small-scale angel investor.

Paul Spence

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs

Paul was appointed to the EDF Energy Executive Team in January 2009. He leads activity on Energy Policy, Strategy, Branding, Communications, Sustainability, and Legal Affairs.  He chairs EDF Energy’s R&D centre in the UK and sits on the licensee board of the New Nuclear build company.  His teams work across all EDF Energy’s UK activities which encompass energy supply and services to domestic and business customers as well as coal, gas, renewable and nuclear generation.

He is a director of Energy UK, the Nuclear Industry Association, and the Energy Technologies Institute.

Before their acquisition by EDF he was Head of Strategy and Business Development for British Energy. Paul joined the company in 2003 and played a key role in crafting the company's restructuring and strategy. He previously spent 17 years with Accenture, advising global oil, gas and utility clients on strategy and large scale change. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc in Engineering from University of Bristol. 

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