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.

  Sam Larsen

Samuel Larsen was appointed to the Street Works UK board in February 2019.

Sam is the Programme Lead at Water UK, responsible for delivery of policy and operational projects across a wide range of topic areas including developer services, customer services, data sharing systems, performance reporting, and transformation.  He has over 20 years’ experience in utilities, property and product development.

Prior to joining Water UK in 2019, Sam held a variety of Project and Programme management roles in private enterprises and public sector organisations.

  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 Finance 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.

Kevin Fowlie

Kevin Fowlie is joined the Street Works UK Board in February 2019. He is currently the Network Delivery Director at United Utilities.

Prior to joining United Utilities, Kevin was the Managing Director of Amey.

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.