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John Thomson John has 20 years' experience in the electricity industry having joined the South of Scotland Electricity Board as a graduate trainee in 1984. Following 5 years of experience in power station operations he moved to Scottish Power’s central production control team with responsibility for demand forecasting and optimisation of the generation portfolio.
In 1990 John moved to join Scottish Nuclear where he was responsible for developing and implementing the contract for the sale of the company’s 15TWh annual output and led contract negotiations with customers. In 1995 and 1996 John played a key role in the privatisation of British Energy with responsibility for the technical due diligence process and publication of the share offer prospectus.
John joined British Energy in 1996 initially with responsibility for corporate strategy and planning before joining the North American business development group as Business Development Manager. Based in the US for 3 years he was responsible for the identification of nuclear asset acquisition opportunities and was instrumental the in completion of three successful acquisitions for AmerGen (British Energy’s joint venture with Exelon). He then moved to Canada to support the completion of British Energy’s lease of Bruce Power. During this period John was Head of Strategy & Analysis and was responsible for developing trading strategy and for negotiating operating and sales licences with the provincial energy regulator.
On returning to the UK, John rejoined British Energy where he provided input to the company’s contribution to the Government’s energy policy white paper, ran two consultancy projects providing commercial advice to eastern European utilities and led projects (with BNFL and AECL) investigating the prospects for new nuclear build in the UK. Prior to leaving British Energy he led the technical due diligence required for the company’s successful financial restructuring and managed the technical section of the share and bond prospectus.
John has an honours degree in engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

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