Vattenfall welcomes new MD to heat business

Vattenfall’s heat business in the UK has announced the appointment of a new managing director, Jenny Curtis.  

Vattenfall's UK heat business welcomes Jenny Curtis as its new MD.  

Jenny picks up the reigns from interim managing directors, Stuart Allison and Katja Raabe-Münzberg and is excited to take the business from strength to strength. 

Jenny has worked with Vattenfall’s heat business in the UK for almost three years. She moved to this new position from her last role as interim director for Bristol, where she led the team in delivering a low-carbon heat network across the city.  

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Jenny brings a wide range of professional experience to her new role, with a background in developing and delivering sustainable infrastructure projects, public sector finance, and management consultancy.  

As a working mother of three, Jenny is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and flexible working. 

Vattenfall’s ambition for its Heat Business in the UK is to partner with five to eight of the UK’s leading low carbon cities by 2030 to deliver city-wide heat networks.  

Vattenfall is already working with London, Bristol and Edinburgh, and early discussions with other key targets are underway.  

To do this, Vattenfall will pair up with local authorities, property developers, housing associations and public sector institutions across UK cities who are looking to break free from their reliance on fossil-fuelled heating.  

Skills for the green economy

Jenny sees a huge opportunity for Vattenfall’s investment in district heating infrastructure to deliver social value and economic growth in the communities where they work and through developing a national supply chain delivering new jobs and skills for the green economy as part of a just transition. 

District heating captures the huge volume of unused heat in urban areas and uses it to warm offices and homes, without burning more fossil fuels. It reduces carbon emissions and significantly benefits businesses and communities. District heating networks are essential for decarbonising heating and hot water on a city scale. 

Jenny Curtis, MD of Vattenfall Heat UK, said: “Vattenfall’s heat business in the UK is going from strength to strength; the heat is on!  

“Construction at Midlothian in Scotland and Brent Cross Town in London is underway, and we are now operating former City Council assets and adding new connections in Bristol, where, over five years we are investing over £300m in the existing heat network.  

District heating

“I couldn’t be prouder of what the UK heat team has achieved since it was established almost six years ago, and I look forward to this next chapter in leading the business to further success. 

“District heating is still an immature market in the UK and whilst this comes with its challenges, Vattenfall have over 100 years of European expertise to draw on and from which to innovate for the future.  

“The UK cannot reach net zero without the rapid deployment of large-scale heat networks and with our ambition and investment our heat networks will be a significant contribution.”