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Executive Management Team

Michael Mc Kinstry Web

Michael McKinstry

Chief Executive Officer

Michael has been Group Chief Executive at Phoenix Natural Gas since September 2014, having previously held the position of Phoenix’s Finance Director from its formation in 1996.

Most notably, he led the business financially throughout its £500m investment in the development of the gas network in Northern Ireland. Today, the company has connected over 200,000 customers and continues to extend its network by c9,000 new connections per annum. The company is currently investing a further £60m in expanding its network towards Newcastle.

Prior to joining Phoenix, Michael gained extensive financial management experience across a broad range of business sectors including Premier Power (energy), GEC (engineering) and Ulster Weavers (textiles).

Ivan Bell

Chief Operating Officer

Ivan is a chartered engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, who spent 8 years involved in various aspects of the natural gas industry in Great Britain.

In 1998 he returned home to Northern Ireland as Transportation Development Manager for Phoenix, before taking on the position of Commercial Manager in November 1999.

Ivan is Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Construction, Operation, Asset Management and Service Delivery aspects of the Gas Distribution Network, the provision of additional Customer Connections and the delivery of the company's Health, Safety and Environmental policy - including the emergency services operation and Network Design and Planning.

Ivan Bell Web
Kailash Chada Web

Kailash Chada

Chief Financial Officer

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Kailash begin work as a graduate trainee with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Edinburgh before working for a series of leading financial institutions in London including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was Finance Director for the UK Corporate Bank in their London office.

Most recently, Kailash worked as Chief Finance Officer and interim CEO for a division of Ulster Bank before taking up the role of Group Chief Finance Officer at Phoenix Natural Gas. 

At Phoenix Kailash is responsible for Support Services covering Compliance, IT, Finance and HR.

Joanne Quinn

Director of Regulatory Affairs

Joanne has 29 year’s business experience gained in the retail, banking and regulated utility industries.

She has responsibility for ensuring the business complies with its regulatory and statutory requirements having held several key positions in Phoenix throughout her 21 years with the company including the position of Transportation Services Manager with her primary objective in this role to deliver a 24 hour gas transportation platform which would support the introduction of and facilitate a competitive natural gas supply market ensuring consumer choice.

Joanne also has extensive experience in the areas of Network Code management, gas retail markets operations, network development, business planning and gas trading.

Joanne graduated from Queens University with a BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Joanne Quinn Web
Jonathan Martindale Web

Jonathan Martindale

Director of Sales & Marketing

Jonathan has been with the company for the past 15 years, with a background in sales and business development.

Jonathan leads the sales and marketing division and oversees strategic campaign development to meet company objectives.

With a focus on delivering continual customer growth in all property sectors within the licence area of Greater Belfast, Jonathan is also responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing and communications strategy for the new licence area of East Down where the company is currently expanding the natural gas network.

Board Members

Brian Ambrose

Phoenix Natural Gas Ltd. Chairman

A career spanning 40 years in the aviation industry has included 20 years with Bombardier holding senior positions in Engineering and Business Development.

Joining BCA as Director of Operations, Brian was subsequently appointed CEO in 2004.  Today the airport operates 110 flights daily, has an annual passenger throughput of 2.6m and over 1,600 work at the Airport.

He is Non-Executive Director, Phoenix Natural Gas, a Trustee of Titanic Foundation and Board Member of Business in the Community.

Brian is the past Chair of CBI Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.  He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours 2011.

Brian Ambrose Web
Jeremy Bending Web

Jeremy Bending

Board Member of Phoenix Natural Gas Ltd.

Jeremy has over 40 years’ experience in the gas industry. He was the COO of the National Grid’s Gas Distribution business in the UK and successfully led the organisation through some critical strategic changes in order to prepare the business for the start of the challenging regulatory period that started in 2013.

On leaving National Grid in 2014 Jeremy founded Armco Solutions Ltd and now advises a range of clients from the energy and utilities sector.

Jeremy has recently been involved with some major M&A transactions. In addition to his new role as Non-Executive Director with Phoenix Natural Gas, he also holds non-executive roles with Glover Gas and Power B.V. and Skills2learn (Babcock).

Jeremy is a Chartered engineer and past President of Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and Past Chairman of the International Gas Union Gas Distribution Committee.