Meet the team

Our experienced team work closely with businesses – as well as consultants supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and classified micro businesses with their energy procurement – to build trusted and long-lasting relationships. Our team are committed to helping companies meet their energy needs and sustainability targets, whist also ensuring an exceptional service and experience for end users.

Our team below comprise the management team for our Business Division (SmartestEnergy Business Limited) and are based in Worthing, Sussex. 

If you would like to speak with our Business Division directly here.

Ben Giddings, Managing Director

Ben joined the SmartestEnergy team in December 2019 upon its acquisition of Dual Energy, where he was Managing Director, and is now responsible for the profitable growth of SmartestEnergy’s Business Division.

Having joined Dual Energy in 2011 as part of the shareholder management team, as Commercial Director Ben was responsible for the set-up and operation of all IT systems, hedging, forecasting, industry reporting and pricing. In 2016 he was appointed Managing Director. Prior to the energy industry, Ben held leadership roles in a privately held telecommunications group in which he was an investor.

Ben has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Jonathan Corbishley, Commercial Director

Jonathan joined SmartestEnergy as part of the acquisition of Dual Energy, where he previously began in January 2018 as Head of Commercial. Soon thereafter, he became the Commercial Director. He brings a strong blend of commercial and technical experience to the team.

He is responsible for the oversight of SmartestEnergy’s Business Division, overseeing forecasting and hedging activities, as well as all pricing and commercial propositions. He has been instrumental in the ongoing development and deployment of key business systems and functions.

Jonathan’s previous experience is with fast-growth challenger brands where he oversaw commercial and IT operations, most recently for a new start-up supplier taking it from inception to 80k+ customers in 12 months. Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Management and Strategy.

Kieran Murphy, Finance Director

Kieran is responsible for the strategic oversight and financial performance of the SmartestEnergy’s Business Division.

After graduating from business school with an honours degree, Kieran qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He established his career in senior financial and commercial roles across several different sectors, including construction, financial services and manufacturing.

Kieran joined Dual Energy as Group Finance Director in 2013. Drawing on his previous experience of working in large corporates as well as SMEs, Kieran helped to put the framework and strategies in place to enable Dual Energy to treble in size within three years of joining. He subsequently played an instrumental role in facilitating the purchase of the business by SmartestEnergy.

Richard Bartlett, Sales and Marketing Director

Richard joined the SmartestEnergy team in December 2019 upon its acquisition of Dual Energy, where he was Sales and Marketing Director. He is now responsible for the growth of the SmartestEnergy’s Business Division.

Having joined Dual Energy in 2013, as Sales and Marketing Director, Richard was responsible for executing a high growth strategy including the design and delivery of its sales channel, marketing strategy including pricing and product development. With Richard's leadership Dual Energy became one the fastest growing privately-owned companies in the UK winning a number of awards along the way.

Prior to the energy industry, Richard held leadership roles in the telecoms sector. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Darren Jeffery, Head of Operations – Customer

Darren oversees SmartestEnergy’s Business Division customer operations and is responsible for leading the day-to-day activities and customer contact strategy. He manages operational teams across customer services, complaints, admin support, sales and retentions, credit control and debt prevention.

Darren joined as part of the Dual Energy acquisition in December 2019 and has been leading large internal and outsourced operations for the last 20 years, predominantly within the insurance and banking sector in the financial services industry.

Previous roles have included Head of Operations at First Central Insurance Group, Close Brothers merchant banking group and more recently Ticker Insurance. He also spent 12 years at Aviva plc.

Alex Shelton, Head of Industry Operations

Alex’s core responsibility is to ensure that SmartestEnergy Business Limited complies with industry metering standards. He also manages the teams responsible for the smart meter rollout and billing of our Business Division customers on time every month.

Prior to joining the energy industry, Alex worked in the travel industry for 20 years, most recently as Head of Sales for a large global travel company, having graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Marketing and Tourism.