Street Works UK Board Members

Street Works UK Board Members












Clive Bairsto –  Street Works UK Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Clive is a former senior RAF officer and an experienced business leader with a background rooted in utilities, defence, security, and education leadership in the private, public and not for profit sectors. From 2012 to 2017, Clive was Global Head of Resilience at National Grid, a role covering all UK and US assets, and a then-workforce of over 27,000 people. In this role, Clive represented National Grid at the UK’s Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) and the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’, while directing interaction with the myriad of regional authority fora and groupings in the UK and north-east USA.

Running up to this, Clive was Director of Integration and Readiness for the London 2012 Olympics, within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.  He directed the strategic level training, risk assessment, integration, reporting and readiness of LOCOG, Transport, Security, the Mayor’s office and several other government departments and supporting bodies. Preceding this, Clive was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force, serving as Head of International Policy and Planning, and was the Ministry of Defence’s worldwide Director of Strategic Contingency Planning in the period of the Arab uprising. He commanded at every level culminating in regional base Leuchars, in Fife, where he also acted as the Air Officer for Scotland interacting regularly with Scottish Government at official and political level.

  Rob Wesley –  Street Works UK Finance Director

Rob Wesley has been Finance Director of Street Works UK since December 2009. In addition to his Street Works UK role, Rob is Head of Policy for Water UK, responsible for ensuring policy consistency across Water UK’s activities and leading policy development, advocacy and implementation on market reform and customer issues, including metering and charging, debt and affordability and customer engagement and involvement.

Prior to joining Water UK in 2007, Rob held a variety of roles at Severn Trent Water and at Ofwat

  Samantha Brothwell – Street Works UK Strategy and Risk Director

Samantha Brothwell was appointed to the Street Works UK Board in December 2012. Samantha is the Street Works Policy Manager for Western Power Distribution, Electricity Distribution Network Operator for the Midlands, South West of England and South Wales. Samantha is also the current chair of the Energy Networks Association Street Works Forum, East Midlands Joint Utility Group, East Midlands HAUC (Utility Side) and a member of the Co-ordination Working Group.

Samantha has worked in the electricity sector since 1990, and has had responsibility for Street Works since 2000.

  Paul Fidler – Executive Director of Safety and Policy

Paul is the Engineering Development Manager with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and also sits on the board of Street Works UK as Safety and Policy Director. He has over 22 years’ experience in the     electricity network industry, with 20 of those working for Scottish Power in various operational, design and asset management roles where he was instrumental in introducing Condition Based Maintenance techniques for 11kV & 33kV switchgear.

He joined ENA in April 2011 and liaises with all network operators on matters associated with R&D and Smarter Networks. Paul also looks after street work matters and joined the National Joint Utilities Group board as Safety and Policy Director in January 2012.

Tom Lambert – Street Works UK Associate Members Director

Tom Lambert is Associate Director of Street Works UK and Balfour Beatty’s Street Works General Manager. With almost three decades of experience in the street works industry, Tom is well placed to promote best practice across the sector through effective collaboration and innovation.

Having an instrumental role in the creation of the Street Works UK associate membership programme, in 2012 Tom received the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) Award for Outstanding Contribution.

  Richard Walsh – Street Works UK Communications Director

Richard is Public Affairs Manager at Cadent.

  Elizabeth Draper

Elizabeth Draper is Head of Compliance and Regulation for Streetworks at Openreach, with responsibility for informing and guiding Openreach operational teams on NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works Act) regulation and compliance. She was previously Head of Streetworks at Openreach, re-building and transforming the street works organisation. She joined BT Group on the accelerated leadership programme in 2011 and is experienced in programme management as well as running large operational teams.

Paula Steer

Paula Steer is currently Director of Operational Services and Transformation at United Utilities. She is a chartered surveyor and has over 30 years’ experience in the property and utility industries.

In her current role as the Director of Operational Services and Transformation, she is responsible for property, transport, streetworks, assurance, developer and metering services together with governance of the transformation programme.  Paula also holds a director role in United Utilities’ non-regulated property company. Paula will soon be taking on the role of Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Throughout her career she has always been a keen and active supporter of women in business, and is sponsor of UU’s Gender Equality network.

Nigel Myers

Nigel has been in the Telecommunications industry since the mid 1990’s, when the regional cable companies originally installed their infrastructure. After various mergers over the years, Nigel now heads up the Statutory and Street Works Team for Virgin Media, ensuring compliance with all current and proposed legislation which affects works and apparatus in the public highway.

Prior to making the move into the Telecommunications industry, Nigel worked on the tools as a street mason, where his interest and knowledge of street works originated.

Tom Ward – Company Secretary

Tom Ward is a solicitor and Head of Business Defence and Dispute Resolution at Oliver Legal Solicitors. A major part of his practice involves advising statutory undertakers and contractors on NRWSA and TMA regulatory compliance and litigation risk avoidance. He is lauded by clients for his “excellent work” and “support and assistance… which has been fantastic”. Notable cases include: Hertfordshire CC v National Grid [2007] EWHC 2535 (Admin) and R v Thames Water Utilities [2010] EWCA Crim 202.