Company: Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Job title: Director of water
Laura Brien was appointed director of water and compliance in February 2019. Prior to that, she was director of energy markets at the CRU since 2014, where she was responsible for delivering the Integrated Single Electricity Market for energy and capacity. Laura has more than 20 years’ experience in the utility sector, for both energy and water, having advised on energy policy at both national and international level. She previously held economic consulting roles across both public and private utility companies, providing advice to government departments, regulators and private equity firms relating to the deregulation and privatisation of the electricity industry in several US states, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Thailand and Canada. As a consultant, she also worked with several of the private water companies in the UK, advising them on demand forecasts, resource requirements and tariff design. She acted as a senior economic advisor to Comreg until she joined the CRU in 2014. She holds a commerce degree from University College Dublin and an M.Phil in economics from Oxford University.