Technology leader appointed to JE Board
Lis Astall brings a wealth of experience in strategy setting, technology and change management to Jersey Electricity
Jersey Electricity has appointed a technology leader as a non-Executive Director on its nine-strong Board. Lis Astall brings a wealth of skills in strategy setting, technology and change management to the utility at a time when it is forging ahead with a digital transformation programme.
Born in the Channel Islands, Lis was educated at Jersey Ladies College before going to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she gained a BA Hons in French, Economics and Politics.
She spent 27 years with Accenture and its fore-runner Andersen Consulting; in 2003 she was appointed as its Managing Director for UK and Ireland – the first female to attain such a position in the technology sector. A strong champion of diversity, she led the campaigns to get Accenture accredited to Gold Standard in Business in the Community and voted as one of the top employers in the UK.
In 2006-2009, she became the Managing Director for Public Service in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. During her time at Accenture she also served on the UK National Employment Panel, on the Technology Board of the e-skills Council and the CBI President’s Committee.
She returned to Jersey earlier this year, having retired from 10 years working as a non-Executive for Her Majesty's Government; notably at the Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office, Home Office and UK Sport. During this period, she was a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation and is now an Emeritus Governor of the LSE, having served a 10-year term as Governor. She also served as a non-Executive Director at Digital Jersey between 2012-2019. She is currently a non-Executive Director at Standard Bank, Offshore Group, Paragon Id and VFS, a Private Equity-owned organisation.
Phil Austin, JE Chairman, commented: ‘We are delighted to have attracted someone of Lis’ quality and expertise to our Board, particularly at this very challenging time. Our business is at the forefront of change and Lis’ background, both as a consultant and as an experienced director, will undoubtedly bring an additional skillset to our team.’
Lis said: ‘I’m delighted to have joined the Board of a successful, trusted company that plays such a vital role in the lives of so many Islanders. Jersey Electricity is part of the fabric of the Island. It has a remarkable history and an exciting future as energy markets across the globe are in an unprecedented period of transition. I hope I can contribute to helping Jersey Electricity make that transition successfully for the benefit of its customers, employees and shareholders.’