Experienced Board and management team

Robin Paynter Bryant

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Skills and experience

Robin has more than three decades of experience in corporate finance, with a strong background in utilities. After joining City merchant bank Hill Samuel & Co. Ltd. in 1983 to work on asset, liability and treasury risk management for utilities and large companies, he worked at financial institutions including LCF Edmond de Rothschild, Credit Lyonnais Securities, Daiwa Europe and the Industrial Bank of Japan/Mizuho Corporate Bank. With international experience across water, electricity, and oil and gas, he has advised companies such as Severn Trent Water Plc, Endesa SA, Italgas SpA, and Centrex European Energy & Gas AG. He has previously served as a non-executive director of Ofwat (the water services economic regulatory authority) and Prime International Investments Group Plc and as a board member of London Merchant Bank Ltd. Robin joined Yü Group in January 2020.

External appointments

Robin is currently a director of Unity Link Financial Services Limited.

Bobby Kalar

Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience

Bobby has a degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and started his career working as an electronics engineer at Marconi PLC. In 2000, having moved to London to work for COLT Telecommunications, he headed a team of engineers involved with the bid and installation of the congestion charge scheme in London on behalf of the Mayor of London’s Transport for London initiative. Following this major project Bobby invested in the care home sector, eventually owning and running a group of four care homes. In 2013 he sold the care homes so that he could focus on the market opportunity presented by the deregulation of the energy sector. He is the sole founder of the Group.

External appointments

None

Paul Rawson

Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience

Paul has a degree in accountancy and is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW) with a history in financial and commercial management in high growth businesses. In 2001 he left KPMG to join the energy industry in what is now the Engie Group, where he held various senior financial and general management positions. These ranged from the financial and commercial aspects of a £100m investment project to generate and supply energy across the London Olympic Park to a number of energy related M&A transactions. Paul was latterly responsible, as divisional CEO, for energy solutions spanning the retail supply of gas and electricity to businesses, and the provision of low carbon generation, energy Software as a Service and smart building technologies. Paul joined Yü Group in September 2018.

External appointments

None.

John Glasgow

Independent Non-executive Director

Skills and experience

John has over 35 years’ experience in engineering, operations, trading and IT across the energy industry. Senior roles have included head of Powergen technical audit and head of Powergen’s energy management centre, covering energy trading and power plant portfolio optimisation, and general manager of Powergen Energy Solutions. Latterly, he was in board roles including head of strategy at the establishment of the new E.ON Energy Services business, E.ON director of new connections and metering and director of operations and asset management at E.ON Central Networks. During this time John was also a board member of the Energy Networks Association and a member of the DECC Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (“E3C”). Upon leaving E.ON John became managing director of Sterling Power Utilities Ltd until autumn 2013.

External appointments

John is also a board member of the
St Modwen Environmental Trust.

Anthony (Tony) Perkins

Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Skills and experience

Tony has a degree in accountancy and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He left BDO in 2019 where he was a senior audit partner for many years, having joined the firm in 1980 and a partner from 1990. He has acted for many fully listed and AIM companies in the professional services, natural resources, technology, manufacturing and retail sectors. He has extensive experience in financial, governance and risk management. He has advised on corporate strategy, transactions and expansion of businesses in the UK and internationally. Tony has held senior management positions at BDO as a member of the firm’s leadership team including head of its London operations and national head of audit. Tony joined Yü Group in January 2020.

External appointments

Tony is currently a director of Bernhard & Co. Limited..