The Kelvatek team continues to grow

Kelvatek, 26th April 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are continuing to invest and grow the team at Kelvatek with the recent introduction of Andrew Hodgson. Andrew has joined us as Sapient Performance and Development Manager to develop and improve our solutions which will help our customers provide reliable networks that support the demands of delivering net zero.

With over 20 years of experience in delivering technology solutions to customers in the UK utilities & energy industries, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team.

Starting out as a graduate with Northern Electric & Gas, Andrew spent 6 months in each of their distribution, energy supply, metering, and IT business units. Having found his true passion in IT, Andrew joined a software business where he spent the past 19 years working within and ultimately leading teams responsible for the design, development and implementation of data driven solutions.

In the energy networks area specifically, he has been involved in the software solution design for two network innovation projects with UKPN and WPD involving the design, development, and trialling of software solutions to help DSO’s managed flexibility on the network.

After 19 years, Andrew was ready for a new challenge and applied for a position at Kelvatek. Andrew outlines; “I was attracted by Kelvatek’s great reputation within the energy industry for providing innovative products that deliver real value for customers.”

Andrew’s role was created as part of our new corporate vision which is focused on supporting our customers in the drive towards the sustainability and digitisation of the energy industry. As many are aware, Sapient is our cloud-based software and service offering, providing real-time, actionable insights that enable pre-fault diagnostics, fault location and asset health monitoring. Sapient is currently used by all DNOs across the UK.

Andrew will assist the Customer Performance team in ensuring each customer is maximising their use and gaining the most value from the existing Sapient solution. Equally, Andrew will work to co-ordinate planned programme of continuous improvement and proposition investment in equipment, software and services to enable a significant step change in the customer value achievable – watch this space!

Outlining his thoughts on his new role, Andrew explains; “I know that our customers gain value from our existing products and service offerings, but there is no doubt that the data being collected by these products, combined with the engineering and machine-learning capabilities within Kelvatek can be used to provide a broader range of benefits in areas such as load, asset health and deployment optimisation. I’m excited to be starting my new role at the beginning of this process and have the opportunity to feed in some of my experience from enterprise software product development and management.”

The energy industry is undergoing its most significant transformation in many years. In the drive to net zero, technology and in particular data is becoming increasingly important to Network Operators. The amount of data generated and consumed in our everyday lives is increasing exponentially and that’s no different in the energy industry. It’s cheaper and easier than ever to collect and store data, but the real key is working out how that data can be turned into actionable information and knowledge to support strategic decision-making.

In the LV network, the availability, completeness and accuracy of data is variable across the industry. At Kelvatek, we will continue to help Network Operators overcome that challenge through the continuous development of our Sapient service, products and through the recent introduction of our Advanced Analytics offering. Andrew’s role is central to this and we look forward to working with him in the many years to come.

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