Piclo, a leading smart and flexible energy marketplace, today announces the appointment of Stephanie Hazell as a Board Member and Seed Investor Director.
Stephanie is a senior executive with extensive experience spanning the energy, infrastructure, and TMT sectors. She currently holds Non-Executive Director (NED) roles at Renew plc, Neos Networks, and NSMP Ltd. She also has a seat on Shell’s Renewables and New Energy Solutions advisory board, positioning the company to understand transformative macro trends in the energy and transport industries.
In her new role, Stephanie will use her experience in corporate strategy, business development, venture capital, and M&A to ramp up the company’s growth across Europe and accelerate Piclo’s wider international expansion. She will also promote the company’s ongoing success and represent its shareholders, including the company’s seed investors.
Stephanie was previously Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at National Grid where she was responsible for organic business development, M&A, and corporate strategy, with a remit focused on harnessing opportunities offered by the energy transition. She started her career as a management consultant with PwC before taking on international management roles in the telecoms sector with Orange and Virgin Group respectively, developing a wealth of experience in rapidly scaling businesses and strategic international growth.
Volker Beckers, Piclo Chairman, said: “Stephanie joins Piclo at an exciting time as we consolidate our position as the UK’s leading flexibility marketplace and prepare to embark on our next stage of growth. She brings a proven track record of scaling companies and will help to drive Piclo forward, while also further bolstering the sector knowledge and contacts available to our team.”
Stephanie Hazell said: “I have followed Piclo for some time as it’s progressed from a start-up to an internationally recognised leader in flexibility. Supporting the growth of smarter, more flexible grids will be essential for the energy industry to meet its decarbonisation commitments and Piclo has a vital role to play in shaping that future.
“Piclo is a company with huge potential to scale rapidly - delivering a dependable independent marketplace to an ever-greater number of DSOs and flexibility providers.”
Piclo develops software to make electricity grids smart, flexible and sustainable. Chaired by Volker Beckers, the London-based company has been building solutions for the energy industry since 2013, having secured funding including grants from DECC and BEIS and investment from the Green Angel Syndicate, Mott MacDonald Ventures and the Clean Growth Fund. Piclo Flex is an independent marketplace for trading flexibility online. The platform provides market visibility, qualification services and online auctions with over 12GW of flexible capacity registered. Since 2018, Piclo has supported the business-as-usual flexibility procurement of six of the UK DNOs and is commercially contracted with UK Power Networks, SP Energy Networks and Electricity North West.