Colm Gibson

Managing Director
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Overview

Colm Gibson heads BRG’s European Economic Regulation practice. He has over thirty years of experience in energy and regulated industries, with over twenty 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. Over the last eight years, he has provided expert advice in a range of international gas contract arbitrations/disputes (covering nine import contracts between various companies in a total of five European states).

Mr. Gibson 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).

Education

Open University
LLB (hons), 2004

University of Cambridge (St John’s College)
MA, 1994
MEng, 1991
BA (hons), 1990

Employment History

Thames Water
Head of economic regulation & member of the executive leadership group
2012 - 2018

FTI Consulting LLP
Director
2011 - 2012

LECG Ltd
Principal, 2008 - 2011
Senior managing consultant, 2006 - 2008

Severn Trent Water Ltd
Competition & 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