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Management

Meet our executive committee.

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Michael Gibson

Managing Director

Since graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006, Mike has enjoyed several roles within operational and managerial functions. Over the years, he has developed a strong passion surrounding the role that business can play in improving the local area.

Starting out at Balfour Beatty, an FTSE 250 UK Construction company, Mike covered various roles within mobilisation, transition and operations, progressing for several years before moving on in 2013 to join multinational energy company, ENGIE.

Responsible for leading the operational service transformation, he was quickly appointed as Partnership Director in 2014 for ENGIE’s ten-year services, energy and property partnership with Kingston Upon Thames Council.

As a result of his success within ENGIE, Mike was appointed as Managing Director of Quest Services in 2016, a joint venture between ENGIE UK and Cheshire West and Cheshire Council. He remains a Non-Executive Director there, delivering a range of services across the borough.

In 2019, Mike was appointed to his current position as Managing Director at Storengy UK, part of the ENGIE group. Here, he uses his position and influence to foster a community culture, improving educational links to industry and creating a more inclusive economy. Storengy UK has embarked on a journey to become carbon neutral by 2025, and is focused on supporting the UK's energy transition through growth in green gases, such as Hydrogen and biogas.

Not only that, as giving back is something of huge importance, he is also a member of several boards and initiatives outside of work. Previously a leader for the 2019 West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission, Mike is currently a board member of the Mid-Cheshire Development Board, a deputy chair of a local primary school board of governors, a LEP enterprise advisor for a local high school and sits on the BiTC North-West Advisory board.

In the little spare time he allows himself, you will often find Mike spending quality time with his children, and squeezing his hobby of woodworking in, whenever possible.

Teresa Zhao

Head of Finance and Company Secretary

Teresa joined Storengy UK in November 2019 with over 18 years of international experience in finance and management. She has a Master of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Sydney University, and she is a member of CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) Australia.  

Previously, Teresa worked for General Electric (GE) for 13 years. Her most recent role was at Sirius Well Manufacturing Services, a JV between Royal Dutch Shell and China National Petroleum Corporation. 

Here at Storengy UK, she is responsible for financial reporting / analysis, internal controls / risk management, as well as being the Company Secretary. Teresa enjoys spending time with family and travelling.

Benoit Enault

Head of Business Development & Marketing

Benoit is a mechanical engineer by trade, who minored in project management. He was appointed to his current role in 2016, following 14 years of employment for Storengy UK’s parent company, ENGIE, in both France and Germany. 

For the gas transmission affiliate of ENGIE in France, Benoit was in charge of several transformation projects that aimed at expanding the capabilities of the asset and at optimising the management of gas flows at the central dispatching. In Germany, his focus was on ensuring centralised and streamlined commercial operations following the acquisition of storage sites.

With a wealth of experience, Benoit now oversees the business development activities to grow Storengy UK in the green gas and geothermal sectors, the marketing of the gas storage capacity, and the organisation’s Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Outside of work, Benoit is a keen diver and jogger.

Alan Leadbetter

Technical Director

Alan joined the team at Storengy in 2008 to manage the delivery of the Stublach Gas Storage Project. He was tasked with taking the Stublach site from a green field to the largest underground gas storage facility in the UK.

A Chartered Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool, he has formerly worked for National Nuclear Corporation, Chloride, ICI and Ineos, acquiring a wide range of engineering and project experience over 34 years.

Alan is now focussing on Business Development projects at Storengy UK, ensuring we proactively support the UK’s energy transition, specialising in hydrogen. 

Outside of work, Alan has two grown-up daughters who he likes to spend as much time as possible with - when he isn’t engrossed in home DIY.

Stewart Gilby

Head of Operations

Stewart is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who has over 23 years’ experience working in Industrial Gases manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear Power Generation, and for the past 13 years in Salt Cavity High Pressure Gas Storage.

Since graduating from the University of Birmingham, Stewart has worked in various operational and process related roles for the likes of BOC Gases, Eli Lilly and EDF Energy. Stewart joined Storengy UK in May 2018, managing the Operations, Maintenance and Engineering Teams at the Stublach site. 

As Head of Operations, Stewart’s main responsibilities include managing the day to day site operational activities to ensure the site operates safely and efficiently, whilst optimising plant availability and reliability for maximising commercial benefits. Stewart is also responsible for all the COMAH regulatory and more general statutory compliance aspects of the Stublach site.

As a keen rugby union fan, Stewart has switched from playing to watching since hanging up his boots – attending England International games on a regular basis whilst also continuing to support his local rugby team in Warrington.

Graham Clarke

Head of Business Services

Graham joined Storengy UK in 2016 as an experienced Supply Chain professional with over 30 years’ experience working within the Oil and Gas industry. 

A Master of Business Administration and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Graham is an adept negotiator with strong commercial acumen. 

With a proven record of delivering results in challenging environments, Graham has undertaken senior roles on several multi-billion-dollar capital and service type projects, implementing Purchasing and Supply Chain strategies. 

In his current and diverse role as Head of Business Services at Storengy UK, Graham oversees the management of HR, Health and Safety, IT and office management, as well as his duties as Ethics Officer. 

He is able to provide governance and oversight throughout all project phases from concept to close, as a highly motivated and results-driven team leader.

Graham is a keen reader in his spare time, recently enjoying the works of popular humourist P.G. Wodehouse - when he’s not busy playing the electric or acoustic guitar.