Alice Delahunty is the Head of Network Optimisation on the NGET executive team, responsible for asset management outcomes for the £12 Bn portfolio of assets, engineering and development of all capital investment schemes, as well as real time access to and control of the GB Electricity Transmission system.
She brings to this new role a “passion for the power industry, its performance, evolution and the safety and well-being of all who contribute to it” and more than 15 years of experience across all parts of the energy value chain, from generation, transmission and distribution to the consumer experience.
Before joining National Grid, she held a variety of roles in E.ON culminating in Head of Offshore UK Wind Operations.
Her work in renewable energy has left Alice with an understanding of how the overall landscape for generation of energy in the UK is changing, having been “involved in that change from coal and gas-fired generation to offshore wind and distributed energy,” she says.
Alice holds a BEng in electrical and electronics engineering and a masters in management science from University College Dublin. Early in her career, she was an electrical test engineer before moving into R&D, focusing on low-carbon technologies. She spent four years in Slovakia and Germany where she used her expertise in maintenance strategy and change management to implement major local change projects.
She is a former board member of the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation, an industry body supported by the Energy Institute which promotes world-class safety performance across the sector and throughout the life cycle of offshore wind farms.
She is a chartered engineer, a former trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and previously won its Young Woman Engineer of the Year award.
Early in her career, Alice was selected to present the IET’s 2006 Faraday Lecture on a worldwide tour designed to enthuse young people everywhere about science and engineering. Her topic was the potential use of technology to address climate change.