Find out about key people at Energy UK: Emma Pinchbeck, our Chief Executive and our Directors.
Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive
Emma Pinchbeck is the Chief Executive of Energy UK, a position that she has held since July 2020. She is an expert in whole-economy decarbonisation and the energy transition. She also holds several board advisory positions. Emma had her first baby in October 2019 and shares childcare with her husband. She is passionate about efforts to improve diversity in the energy industry.
From 2016-2020, she served as Deputy CEO of the trade body Renewable UK, in which role she also sat on the Board of Scottish Renewables. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK. She has an MA from the University of Oxford.
Audrey Gallacher, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy
Audrey Gallacher is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy with Energy UK, the main trade association for suppliers and generators.
Audrey has an extensive background in the energy sector. Initially working with the regulator Ofgem as Head of Consumer Affairs in Scotland, before moving into energy consumer advocacy in 2000 when she became National Director in Scotland for the statutory consumer representative, energywatch. More recently she has held Director of Energy positions with the watchdog, Consumer Futures and at the charity Citizens Advice.
Audrey is also currently a member of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and a trustee for the Fuel Bank Foundation.
Sam Hollister, Director of Economics and Corporate Services
Sam was appointed Director of Economics and Corporate Services in July 2018, having joined Energy UK four years earlier.
Sam has policy responsibility for Energy UK’s Strategic Policy Committee and New Energy Services and Heat Committee, in addition to overseeing the internal functions of the trade association. Sam previously worked in UK Government, specialising on better regulation and economic growth, and spent time on secondment at the European Commission at DG Enterprise
Abbie Sampson, Director of External Affairs
Abbie Sampson joined Energy UK in January 2017 as Director of External Affairs, overseeing communications, public affairs and events. Abbie has extensive experience of strategic communications and public affairs in the private, public and charitable sectors including at the highest level of government, having previously worked in Downing Street.
Previously Abbie led communications at the consumer group Which? after working in a number of government departments. Abbie advises organisations on strategy, maximising opportunities and identifying risk, and how to clearly communicate values in an ever-evolving political environment.
She is passionate about driving greater diversity and inclusion, and is a Women in PR committee member.