Colm Gibson is a managing director in BRG’s London Office, where he leads the Economic Regulation practice for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

He has over thirty-five years of experience in energy and regulated industries, with over twenty-five years at senior management level.

Mr. Gibson has led commercial, price control, and other negotiations with regulatory and government bodies and companies across a wide range of market sectors in the United Kingdom and Europe, including energy (especially the gas sector), water and wastewater, and broadcasting. He has worked in senior regulatory, strategy, competition, and compliance roles in both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Gibson is an expert on regulation and competition matters, including price controls, tariffs, and market design. He specializes in producing evidence and reports to influence external stakeholders, particularly to support companies and regulators in price control negotiations, and is a trained negotiator. He also specialises in assisting companies to prepare to challenge regulatory decisions and has worked on a number of successful price control appeals in the UK gas and water sectors. Mr. Gibson has provided expert advice in a range of international gas contract arbitrations and disputes (covering nine import contracts between companies in a total of five European states).

Mr. Gibson is quoted regularly as an expert in major newspapers and journals, and has written and contributed to several books and publications, including on the role of market experts in gas price review arbitrations in Gas Price Arbitrations: A Practical Handbook (ISBN: 978-1-905783-77-9); and the chapter on the economic regulation of water and waste water in the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (ISBN: 978-1-84720-343-4).

Employment History

Thames Water
Head of Economic Regulation; member of Executive Leadership Group
2012 – 2018

FTI Consulting LLP
2011 – 2012

Principal, 2008 – 2011
Senior managing consultant, 2006 – 2008

Severn Trent Water Ltd
Competition and Commercial Policy manager, 2005 – 2006
Strategic Planning manager, 2004 – 2005
Competition manager, 1999 – 2004

Independent Television Commission
Competition Policy manager
1997 – 1999

British Gas Trading Ltd (part of Centrica plc)
Regulatory Issues manager
1994 – 1997

Areas of Expertise


University of Cambridge (St John’s College)

BA (hons), 1990
MEng, 1991
MA, 1994

Open University
LLB (hons), 2004