Energy, Utilities & Chemicals

David Butcher

Expert in Smart Meter Network Operations / AMI

As the lead for our service provision to Electrical and Gas distribution clients, I’m a thought leader on the issues facing the power sector currently, and in an increasingly complex future – such as the move from Distribution Network Operation to Distribution System Operation (DNO-DSO). I have worked most of my career within this sector leading complex transformation programmes for clients to make them ready to thrive in new market conditions and/or under increasingly tight regulatory conditions.

My passion is to engage with the business at an executive level to create a shared view of the future of the business, and then to shape the necessary business and digital change necessary to meet the challenge. As the speed of energy transition accelerates, I’ve been involved in leading a number of key projects to future proof clients – including Smart Grid, Network Management, Asset Management, and Work Management digital transformations.

Recent work includes:

  • Smart Grid / Smart Metering digital transformation for UK Distribution Network Operator. This project enabled the client to maintain and exceed regulatory compliance, whilst setting them up to gain bottom-line MI benefit from the data available from new Smart systems
  • Geospatial Information System transformation for UK Distribution Network Operator to enable them to move towards real-time control of their network, and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their maintenance and upgrade programme
  • Designing and implementing a new end-to-end digital strategy for a UK Distribution Network Operator to prepare them to thrive under a new regulatory model and operate as a DSO


I have published numerous thought leadership papers on aspects of the future of power distribution in the UK. Including: the impact of increased data availability to Distribution Network Operators in the UK, and how they can gain business benefit; and several papers on the DNO-DSO journey, and how the current Distribution Network Operators should position themselves to secure the full DSO role and thrive under it.

I have also spoken at a number of power sector conferences on the topic of the DNO-DSO journey.


I volunteer at children’s sporting clubs and am a qualified rugby referee at children’s level.

David Butcher

My experience

Managing Consultant @ Capgemini Consulting


Manager, Advisory Services @ Accounting Company

04/03/2012 to 10/06/2015

Head of Lean Consultancy @ Civil Engineering

09/08/2008 to 04/10/2012

Associate Director; Service Excellence Group Manager @ Construction Business

02/08/2005 to 09/24/2008

Associate Director @ Construction Firm

07/16/1997 to 02/23/2005

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