Nicky Butterworth, Chief Operations Officer at Guru Systems, has been appointed as a member of the Executive Board for the ADE (Association of Decentralised Energy).

The ADE is the leading trade association for decentralised energy, representing more than 130 interested parties from across the industrial, commercial and public sectors. They bring stakeholders together to advocate on priorities for the UK in achieving net zero. The ADE is driving the decarbonisation of heat, informing and advising around energy systems designed around a user’s needs, enabling technologies to move the green transition forward.

Nicky has been with Guru Systems the past three years having moved into the heat networks sector in 2010. Over twelve years, Nicky has played a pivotal role in shaping the industry. Nicky has contributed to many of the positive changes happening in the industry today, such as Government investment, upcoming regulation and increased consumer protection, and the use of data for heat network optimisation.

Nicky previously worked in the Heat Networks Policy Team at BEIS, as design lead for the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), and before that, the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) at DECC where she led the design of the scheme and administered funding rounds.

During her time at BEIS, Nicky was seconded to the Competition and Markets Authority, providing sector expertise to the team of economists and lawyers, shaping the findings of the Heat Networks Market Study.

Nicky has previously worked at the Association for Decentralised Energy (the Combined Heat and Power Association at the time) where she designed the first iteration of Heat Trust and was active in the initiation of the ADE/CIBSE Code of Practice (CP1).

Nicky said: “I am excited to return to the ADE, as an Non-Executive Board Member. With the work the ADE does, for members and the wider industry, they will be a central voice as we move into a period of regulatory change.

As we see our industry continue to grow and innovate it will be exciting to see how organisations such as the ADE continue to advocate for decentralised energy solutions and influence policy.”