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Department of Energy and Climate Change

Simon Virley

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Simon Virley

Simon Virley
Simon Virley

Director General, Energy Markets & Infrastructure

Simon Virley is Director General for Energy Markets and Infrastructure Group in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, leading the Government’s work on energy. He was also recently Chief Executive of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment (ORED) and acting Director General for the National Climate Change & Consumer Support Group in DECC.

He is an economist by background and spent most of the 1990s at HM Treasury, including leading the work on ‘green’ taxes. Between 2000-03 he was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, dealing with economic affairs. He then lead the cross-departmental work on better regulation as Director of the Better Regulation Executive (2003-05), before a secondment at KPMG where he was Director of Corporate Finance, advising on the financing of energy and other major infrastructure projects.

He has a number of published economic articles to his name. He is married with two sons.

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