Michael Atkinson is a Chartered Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Utilities Sector. While working for Northern Ireland Electricity, he headed up a number of successful major business performance improvement and transformation initiatives, including the introduction of full retail competition in the Northern Ireland electricity market and the delivery of the Northern Ireland Government’s 2020 renewable energy targets. Michael studied engineering at Queens University and went on to study business transformation and finance at the Ulster University and Harvard University, Boston. He holds a B.Sc., an MBA and an MSc in Corporate Leadership. In his earlier years Michael was a keen sportsman, competing at international level in both athletics and weightlifting.