Energy Team

The AF energy team is trusted to procure the power for over 8000 sites across the UK that provide the energy that is essential to doing business.

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Catherine Williams

Procurement Manager

Working in the Energy Team gives me the opportunity to utilise my passion for people management and refining processes to ensure the team have the support and resources they need to best serve our Members.

I have been a part of AF since 2013, starting my career as Front of House Receptionist and progressing through the business in a variety of roles in different departments. Gaining a Business Management degree during my time at AF has allowed me to put the studied theory into practical day to day scenarios within AF. This has given me a deep understanding and rounded knowledge of the business and our Members, in particular the challenges our industry is facing and how AF can assist Members to meet those challenges.

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Jake Thurtle

New Supply Specialist

Working as part of the energy team brings new challenges every day. It keeps me on my toes and I get greatest satisfaction from engaging my brain and problem solving.

I joined AF in May 2021 after spending 3 years working within the fuel industry. My background in fuel sales enabled me to develop essential customer service skills and to identify the best way to service customers; a valuable skill that I bring to AF and put into action for our Members. I was eager to embrace a new challenge when I joined the AF energy team and take great pride that I’m helping our farmer Members during some of the toughest times they’ve had to face.

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Natasha Barnes

New Supply Specialist

Every day within the energy team can be incredibly varied; we deal with a wide range of Members, all with very different needs. I can fully support members from the first point of contact to the conclusion of their new supply enquiry.

I joined the energy team seven years ago in trading support and have since worked in different roles within the team. The knowledge and experience gained during my time in the team helps me support our Members with all their energy needs. My main responsibilities are to help find the best possible contract for electricity, mains gas, and mains water supplies. I am then responsible for managing the onboarding process for Members from the first point of contact to the registration of their supplies.

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Natalie Gomez

Supply Management Specialist

Joining the energy team has allowed me to further develop my analytical skills and provide excellent customer service to our Members, something that I have been recognised for by achieving the AF Serv Award after being with the business for less than six months!

Having only been with the energy team for a short while, the team have helped me develop and expand my knowledge of the energy industry, thus being able to work closer and more efficiently with our members. Having extensive customer service experience and worked in a variety of industries, has enabled me to jump straight in and get to know the business and understand our Members’ requirements. My background in administration and keen attention to detail has also aided when dealing with complicated technical and billing queries.

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Jenna Abbs

Supply Management Specialist

With a passion for providing great customer service, the new-look AF Energy team has given me the perfect opportunity to utilise my problem-solving skills to resolve often complex matters for our Members.

Having worked for The AF Group for over 7 years, I’ve developed a wide and varied knowledge of the energy industry. Previous experience working in agribusiness banking and in procurement for the Armed Forces means I have an eye for detail and a no-nonsense attitude when liaising with our suppliers and third party agents to rectify our Members’ supply, metering and billing issues.

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Tommie Taylor

Supply Management Specialist

Being part of the energy team gives me a perfect opportunity to ensure all of our Members receive the best customer service in relation to their energy supplies.

I joined AF in 2021, but have already made a big impact for some of the Members that I have worked with. I have over twelve years’ experience in customer service and a very positive attitude, which allows me to communicate well with Members, suppliers and colleagues alike. I am very passionate about my role and I always strive for perfection; I am only happy once I have received a satisfactory outcome for a Member.

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John Wadeson

Renewables Executive

My role within AF is to understand our Members’ renewables requirements, source quotes from appropriate suppliers and deliver project support where required.  The renewables market is constantly changing and is increasingly a ‘hot topic’ for our Members against the backdrop of rising energy consumption and costs.

I joined AF in 2019 to work with our Members to deliver renewable power generation developments. Having worked as an engineering project and design manager from 1995, I have spent the last ten years working with zero carbon energy technologies, on projects including nuclear and renewable sources (solar, wind and hydro) throughout the world, specialising in power security and energy efficiency.

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Julia Mallett

Supply Management Specialist

Sophie Britch

Head of Energy & Telecoms

Working in the Energy Management & Telecoms pillar gives me the opportunity to use my background in contracts and procurement to develop new solutions to the many challenges facing AF Members in these sectors.

Having joined AF in 2016 and worked within several Procurement teams in that time, enables me to listen to our Members and understand their needs.  The energy and telecoms sectors are subject to a number of industry-wide issues which can give rise to frustration for Members.  I enjoy working closely with my passionate and driven team, with a common goal of delivering the best possible level of service to our Members as well as harnessing our expertise to add value.