Simon Virley CB FEI

Vice Chair and Head of Energy and Natural Resources

KPMG in the UK

Simon is a Partner and UK Head of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG. He advises clients on strategy, regulation and deals in the UK energy market.

Previously, he was the Director-General for Energy Markets and Infrastructure at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change between 2009-15. In that role, he had responsibility for advice to the Government on:

  • oil and gas,
  • renewables (including solar), 
  • nuclear,
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS),
  • retail markets, 
  • decentralised energy
  •  energy security issues.

He led the work on the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Programme under the Coalition Government (2010-15) and was the Government expert witness to the CMA inquiry at the end of 2014.  

Simon was awarded a Companion of the Bath (CB) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work on UK energy supply and energy security issues.  He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), on the Executive Council of the Parliamentary Group on Energy Studies (PGES), and on the Board of the University of Sheffield Energy 2050 Programme.    

Areas of expertise
Corporate Tax Energy and Natural Resources Financial Services Government reform Power and Utilities Public Policy and Regulatory Change Tax
Education and qualifications
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

  • Master of Arts Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford

  • Fellow of the Energy Institute