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 Policy Manager, Western Power Distribution

Samantha has worked in the Electricity sector since 1990, starting as a Clerical Trainee with East Midlands Electricity, and through a number of organisational changes, is the Street Works Policy Manager for Western Power Distribution.

Samantha is a member of the Street Works UK Board representing the Energy Networks Association membership, and is the Chair of Management Team for Street Works UK.

Samantha holds a number of voluntary posts within the HAUC community, these are

  • HAUC(UK) Committee – member representing SWUK
  • HAUC(UK) Convention Committee for the 2022 event – Chair
  • Co-ordination Code Review Group – Chair for Utilities
  • Street Manager Governance Group – Lead Utility Representative
  • HAUC(England) Lane Rental Forum – Chair for Utilities
  • HAUC(England) Committee – member
  • East Midlands HAUC – Chair for Utilities

Samantha also represents Western Power Distribution at other regional HAUCs, and has previously been involved in the production of the HAUC(England) Permit Guidance, and the DfT led Section 74 Working Group.

In 2017, Samantha was the recipient of both an “Outstanding Contribution Award” from JAG(UK) and a special award from Street Works UK for “Exceptional Contribution to Street Works”.


David Spillett, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Energy Network Association

David joined the electricity industry in 1977 and worked for a UK Distribution Network Operator until 2008, when he joined Energy Networks Association (ENA) as Engineering Policy & Standards Manger. In 2018, David was appointed Head of Safety Health Environment (SHE).

David is an experienced and qualified professional and electrical engineer, with a proven track record in developing strategies to advance collective SHE activities. He is responsible for managing the ENA’s electricity SHE function to ensure that it effectively and efficiently meets member companies’ needs as well as directing work in support of the Electricity Industry’s 5 year H&S strategy, ‘Powering Improvement’. He has now worked for the ENA for 12 years.


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 Risk and Network Regulation for Openreach, managing a UK-wide team of risk, compliance and regulatory managers responsible for all areas of network regulation, including street works. 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.