CCPC welcomes new Member Brian McHugh

August 4, 2017

4 August 2017: The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) welcomes Tánaiste & Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald’s appointment of Brian McHugh as a Member of the Commission. The Commission comprises of an Executive Chairperson and three Commission Members. The appointment follows the completion of an open Public Appointments Service competition.

Mr McHugh joins the CCPC following 15 years in Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator, the body responsible for both regulating and protecting the interests of consumers within the gas, electricity and water utility industries in Northern Ireland. During his time at the Utility Regulator, Mr McHugh led the design and implementation of competition to expand the gas network in Northern Ireland. He also oversaw the DS3 project, which increased the capacity of electricity systems to manage more renewable energy sources. Mr McHugh holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MSc in Energy Economics from the University of Surrey.

The CCPC has a broad mandate, with statutory responsibility for the enforcement of both competition and consumer protection law. With significant regulatory and management experience, coupled with his expertise in economics, Mr McHugh will play an important role in helping the CCPC fulfil its statutory functions.

Mr McHugh joins fellow Commission Members Patrick Kenny and Fergal O’Leary along with the Chair of the CCPC, Isolde Goggin, who form a collegiate decision-making Commission for key statutory decisions, in addition to having individual whole-time executive responsibilities.

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