Meet the Octopus Energy Group leadership team
Greg Jackson, Founder & CEO
Greg Jackson is the founder of Octopus Energy Group, the global energy and technology company driving the affordable, green energy system of the future. Launched in 2016, the Group now serves 7.2 million customers across 18 countries, and operates a £6bn portfolio of renewable energy assets across Europe.
Octopus drives the tech-enabled green energy transition, innovating relentlessly to make energy better for consumers and the planet. Kraken, Octopus’s proprietary green tech platform, is at the heart of the Group’s growth and is now contracted to serve over 40 million accounts across the globe, with further 10 million to follow soon.
Octopus has attracted over $2.3 billion worth of funding from international energy companies, large pension funds and global investors, and has valued the company at around $8 billion.
Greg is a serial tech entrepreneur and has built and sold a number of successful businesses before starting Octopus. He is an angel investor in a wide range of start-ups, and is a key thought leader in the UK on issues related to energy transition, energy costs and innovation.
Stuart Jackson, CFO
Stuart Jackson is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Octopus Energy. At Octopus he has responsibility for finance, procurement & market risk management, customer acquisition and data science.
Before Octopus he ran a business with Octopus' founder and CEO Greg Jackson (no relation, honestly!) that helped retail financial services businesses re-invent product offers online. Prior to that Stuart spent 6 years with Barclays Bank, including a stint running a £5bn credit card business and 10 years as a strategy consultant. Stuart has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
James Eddison, CTO
James is an e-commerce specialist who was the brains behind a number of high profile tech platforms for clients such as the UK Labour Party, Citroen and Hermes, among others. Following his CTO role at Tangent plc, James & the other founders thought up Kraken, a technology platform that would rival all others in the energy market. James has been instrumental in the creation of Octopus Energy’s proprietary technology, digital-first offerings and its global expansion.
Rebecca Dibb-Simkin, CMO
Rebecca is a highly experienced marketer and known for breathing new life into technology products. She is Chief Marketing and Product Officer at Octopus Energy. Alongside its tech, all Octopus marketing is developed in-house, from design and copy through to booking, sitting side by side with operations and customer support.
Octopus’ online presence consistently scores highly with consumer watchdogs and thanks to Rebecca, our customer-centric marketing has helped us achieve exceptional customer growth and the Which? Recommended Provider accolade five years in a row.
Rebecca came to Octopus Energy following an eight-year career at UK energy company British Gas. There, Rebecca was Head of Marketing for Dyno Rod, and Head of Product for Hive 2 Thermostats, one of the most sought-after energy products of its time. Rebecca holds a Bachelor's degree from Nottingham University Business School.
Jon Paull, COO
Jon has worked for the last 18 years building a number of successful energy challengers, service innovators and disruptors across both Australia and the UK. Jon played a key role in establishing leading Australian challengers Simply Energy (now part of Engie) and Alinta East Coast retail holding a number of senior roles across operations, customer experience and market development.
Since relocating to the UK 7 years ago, Jon worked on the set-up of Bulb and later Octopus Energy. Jon is currently the Global Director of Operations for Octopus Energy Group and Kraken Technologies and a board member for a number of group companies in Europe and Asia Pacific regions.He has played a pivotal role in building and leading some of the most awarded and customer obsessed teams in the UK and abroad. Jon holds an MBA in Business Administration from La Trobe University and Chifley Business School.
Deepak Ravindran, CEO of Kraken Utilities
Deepak Ravindran moved over to lead Kraken Utilities from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2022. Building on the award winning end-to-end entech platform, Kraken Utilities will create customer centricity and automated, scalable and efficient operations for other traditionally low-tech sectors, allowing innovation at pace. Deepak has been involved as a partner to Octopus Energy Group since 2018.
As a Senior Partner and Managing Director at BCG, Deepak gained extensive experience transforming legacy businesses through technology, working across the UK, Nordics, US, South East Asia and India. Deepak is a successful entrepreneur himself, taking the tech business he founded from concept to IPO.
Deepak holds an MBA in Marketing, Strategy and Information Systems from the Indian Institute of Management and a B Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Devrim Celal, CEO of KrakenFlex
Devrim is the CEO of KrakenFlex, formerly Upside Energy, which joined the Octopus Energy Group in 2020 to add another layer of capabilities to Octopus's energy technology platform, 'Kraken'.
KrakenFlex’s cloud-based technology platform controls distributed energy assets such as large-scale batteries, EVs, or heat pumps with machine learning and AI to match electricity supply and demand, helping the electricity grid deal with the natural volatility of renewable generation. KrakenFlex is currently contracted to manage over 1,600 MW of power with further 2 GWs of renewable generation to come online through 2022.
Before starting KrakenFlex, Devrim’s professional career saw him take up executive roles with blue chip management consultancies and finance companies such as Publicis Sapient, Kearney and Lansdowne. He also holds an MBA from Yale University and is an independent non-executive director of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, where he co-chairs the hydrogen committee, and a Member of the Yale University Alumni Association Board of Governors.
Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy for Business & Octopus Energy Generation
Epitomising the agile leadership that is synonymous with disruptive businesses, Zoisa leads both the generation the business retail arm of Octopus Energy.
Octopus Energy for Business works with companies to provide future-proof energy services, supplying them with 100% renewable and fairly priced power. Since launching in 2018, Zoisa's team has accrued 40,000 customers, from SMEs to large organisations such as Arsenal FC. In May 2020, her team launched the Electric Juice Charging Network, the UK's first consolidated network of charge point providers that allows users to charge their EVs across the UK with all costs appearing on a single bill.
Zoisa also runs Octopus Energy's renewable generation arm, which recently announced the acquisition of a 3GW portfolio of renewable energy assets across seven countries. The division is also behind Octopus Energy’s ‘Fan Club’, a local energy tariff that provides cheaper energy when the wind blows.
Prior to Octopus Energy, Zoisa was the UK Managing Director of the Dutch Utility, Eneco B.V. At Eneco, Zoisa helped grow the UK’s renewable asset portfolio which consisted of more than 250MW of wind and solar projects, including a direct wire project with Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. Eneco UK also supplied blue-chip companies such as Mars, Unilever, Heineken and AkzoNobel.
Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles
Fiona studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford, and initially worked at BMW on a hydrogen fuel cell for an auxiliary power unit, as part of a hydrogen car that used a combustion engine. She spent some time consulting for a FTSE 100 energy company, followed by a secondment to the Department for the Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and then launching market-leading connected home products - starting at British start-up Alert Me, who became part of the leading smart home provider Hive, a British Gas innovation.
It was at that point she founded Octopus Electric Vehicles, and since then has been building a team of experts passionate about helping consumers and businesses make that transition to electric vehicles. They’ve secured excellent leasing rates on leading EVs, designed a great EV salary sacrifice scheme to help businesses increase the uptake of EVs, created energy tariffs designed specifically for EV drivers, and have partnered with smart charging tech companies to enable customers to access cheap and green energy rates with ease.
John Szymik, CEO of Octopus Energy Services
John is a highly experienced energy entrepreneur. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, he has founded a number of businesses that he took to sale, including Affect Energy, which became part of the Octopus Energy Group in 2018. John moved from managing Affect Energy to running Octopus' engineering fleet and developing the UK's first Heat Pump Research & Development Centre, along with the proposition to train over 1,000 heat pump engineers a year and produce 1,000 heat pumps a month through the new Octopus Energy factory in Northern Ireland. He also has a wealth of experience in energy efficiency and looks after Octopus’ energy efficiency schemes alongside metering, solar, heat pumps and EV chargers.
Prior to Affect Energy, where John built up a strong reputation for good, local customer service in Sussex, he was Managing Director of Thermabead Ltd in Worcester.
Rachel Fletcher, Director for Regulation and Economics
Rachel joined Octopus Energy in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge following more than two decades of experience in energy regulation.
Rachel’s remit is to create the regulations and markets needed to achieve net zero quickly and affordably. Day-to-day, she works closely with regulators, industry bodies and policy makers to shape the energy system of the future. Rachel also works hand-in-hand with consumer bodies to ensure all customers are well served and benefit from the transition to net zero.
Before joining Octopus, Rachel served as the Chief Executive of Ofwat, the UK's water regulator, and as a Senior Partner and Board member of Ofgem, the UK energy regulator. Her work focused on making essential services sustainable, high quality and affordable. Rachel started her career in utilities as a consultant where she worked on a number of international energy industry privatisation and restructuring projects. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sussex, as well as a Masters in Economic and Politics from the University of Cambridge.
Tara Mullen, Director of Operations
Energetic and emotionally intelligent, Tara has almost 20 years of experience in developing breakthrough customer strategies and bringing out the best, most caring sides of individuals and teams doing the most vital of jobs, customer operations.
Tara has spent two years leading Octopus Energy’s 1,000 strong UK operations team through a pandemic, an energy crisis and a day that saw 2 million customers submit meter readings all simultaneously. She has done this all while maintaining some of the very best customer service ratings in the industry.
Prior to joining Octopus Energy as Director of Operations, Tara spent three years at Tesla helping scale their service organisation in the UK & Benelux and as Country Manager for the UK. She has deep knowledge gained across four industries and a lifelong passion for customer and team transformations. She loves supporting kind, high performing teams and individuals who want to positively change the world.
Clem Cowton, Director of External Affairs
Clem Cowton is Director of External Affairs at Octopus Energy, heading up the company's advocacy on policy, government affairs and Net Zero.
Clem led Octopus Energy’s campaign for an energy price cap and has worked closely with government to help drive policy for the decarbonisation of heat and support the transition to a more renewable grid.
Clem joined Octopus from a career in political consultancy for the renewable energy and clean tech sectors.
Lara Beers, Global Director of Business Development for Kraken Technologies
Lara leads the Kraken Technologies licensing arm of Octopus Energy Group - one of the fastest growing 'EnTech' companies worldwide, launched in 2016 to use technology to unlock a customer focused and affordable green energy revolution. Driving full energy system change, the Group consists of 10 businesses across the energy value chain, operating in 8 countries globally and supporting 3.2 million customers in the UK.
Prior to joining Octopus Energy, Lara worked at US-based Opower, a customer engagement start-up and pioneer of Behavioural Energy Efficiency. Following an IPO and acquisition by Oracle Utilities she moved to London with her family in 2018 before coming to Octopus Energy Group to lead global sales for Kraken Technologies.
Lucy Yu, CEO of Centre for Net Zero
Lucy is CEO of Centre for Net Zero, an independent research unit powered by Octopus Energy that is helping to deliver pioneering research to make the future energy system a reality.
Lucy has spearheaded leading research into consumer-centric flexible energy systems, helping policy makers and grid stakeholders understand the potential of an intelligent, people-centred transition. She has built from scratch a field trials function within the Centre, designed to deliver granular behavioural insights and enable evidence-driven policy making that can drive systems-level change.
Lucy has nearly 20 years of experience in technology, policy and regulation, she is an Associate Fellow of Technology and Public Policy at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
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