Ashley has worked within the energy sector for over 40 years. He started his working life in British Gas (BG) as a Gas Service Engineer Apprentice in Blackpool. Ashley developed his career in BG within a range of areas, covering both the domestic and Non domestic markets. Following the de merger of BG from Transco (now National Grid) Ashley worked within Transco developing and growing the gas market and was one of the architects behind the affordable warmth scheme to help reduce fuel poverty and install over 1 million homes with heating across the UK. His final position in Transco was running the UK gas connections business across the UK prior to the breakup of the Gas Networks.
Ashley moved to EAGA, a company dedicated to the reduction of fuel poverty, where he became Department Managing Director for government contracts responsible for the delivery of the UK governments programmes, along with the delivery of the BBC digital switch over help scheme for pensioners and disadvantaged families across the UK.
EAGA was an employee owned business which on June 7th 2007 was floated on the UK stock market, the business was later bought back off the stock market by Carillion plc. Ashley left EAGA, although continues to work with the EAGA trust (an organisation set up to help the ex-employees and families of the EAGA business) and within the energy sector, this time across the business community, initially as an MD and now in a Non-Executive capacity, helping businesses to reduce utility costs and find the most cost effective solutions relating to the use of gas power and water.
Ashley is a NED of Power Solutions a Connect Yorkshire Partner