Former Towergate chief executive takes role in a new industry

Former Towergate chief executive Andy Homer has joined a utility broker Utility Aid as chairman.

Utility Aid aims to help charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce their carbon footprint and energy dependency. It wants to become the leading specialty utility broker within three years.

Chief executive Giles Hankison said: “Attracting someone of Andy’s calibre is a huge bonus, not only for our business, but the industry as a whole. Andy was at the forefront of developing one of the UK’s leading insurance intermediary groups and steering a fast growing business through a period of regulation. We hope to leverage that experience in the utilities sector.”

Homer said: “Management teams across the third sector often lack the time and resources to procure the most effective utilities services for their business.

“We will aim to build a better reputation too for our industry. Our service will apply the small personal approach of a traditional independent broker and be underpinned by transparency and ethical standards, ensuring the industry regulators and our customers understand and trust Utility Aid’s relationship with its suppliers.” 

Homer was Towergate’s chief executive from 2005 until 2011 and remains a non executive director. He was also Biba’s chairman for two years until December 2013.