27 Jul 17

New leadership roles announced at EDF Energy

EDF Energy is today announcing changes to its leadership team as it proceeds along the path of EDF Energy 2020. This is the company’s action plan to ensure that EDF Energy delivers its contribution to the EDF Group CAP2030 strategy. 

Following good progress by the company on implementing the EDF Energy 2020 action plan, EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz has today announced the following changes to the Executive responsibilities for its Generation and New Nuclear Build activities:

Nuclear Development Managing Director – Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson will bring his years of experience and expertise to this newly-created role to oversee EDF Energy’s future nuclear new build development projects, Sizewell C and Bradwell B, working with EDF’s strategic partner CGN to establish a new build series programme. In addition, he will take charge of the creation of a new waste and decommissioning business for the existing AGR (advanced gas-cooled reactor) fleet. He will also bring EDF Energy’s contribution to the development of small modular reactors (SMRs).

Hinkley Point C Managing Director – Stuart Crooks
Stuart Crooks will take charge of the Hinkley Point C project now that it has entered fully into its construction phase. He moves from his very successful role as MD of the Generation business to lead the construction and delivery of the UK’s first new nuclear power station in almost a quarter of a century. Having safety as the overriding priority, he will draw on the recent project reviews to maintain control of schedule and cost risks. He will also establish the nuclear operations arrangements for Hinkley Point C building on the existing strengths of the UK operating fleet and the experiences of EPR operations from Flamanville and Taishan. 

Generation Managing Director – Brian Cowell
Brian Cowell will join the EDF Energy Executive team to lead the Generation business, having been Director of Nuclear Operations for EDF Energy’s high-performing nuclear fleet. He will be responsible for all of EDF Energy’s existing nuclear, coal, gas and renewables operations. He will oversee work to identify further nuclear life extension opportunities, optimise end of AGR lives and plan for the phased closure of the coal plants.  Through the EDF Energy Renewables joint venture, he will seek to develop further UK renewables capacity. 

The following stakeholders have been informed of these changes which are expected to be in place by September:
Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) 
UK Government (BEIS)
China General Nuclear (CGN) – EDF strategic partners in UK new nuclear build
Centrica – minority shareholders in EDF Energy Nuclear Generation 

For more information contact:

Ben Geoghegan
Senior External Communications Manager
0207 752 2626
07736 480205


A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.1 million customers, of which 26.2 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €71 billion in 2016. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

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