Crown Utilities joint managing director Keeley Downing is waiting for the final declaration at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on June 28.One of only five women from a national field selected for the finals of the First Women in Business awards in the built environment category,
The prestigious competition is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, the
CBI and Real Business Magazine and the gold envelope will be opened and
the winner revealed by BBC sports presenter Claire Balding.
A driving force in the development and evolution of two businesses, Keeley joined commercial gas supplier Crown Energy in 1994 when it was only a recently established business unit within the Crown Group.
Group managing director Matt Greensmith commented, “In each role,
Keeley’s energy and enthusiasm were evident resulting in her first
promotion to head-up the energy business. She was successful in adding
electricity sales to the offering, substantially expanding industrial
and commercial sales, negotiating a domestic licence from OFGEM and
building and training a successful sales team.”
Keeley’s ambition didn’t stop there. Identifying an opportunity to add
multi-utility connections, where gas water and electricity are installed
in a single process, she argued persuasively to add this to the Crown
portfolio, then launched herself into the new venture to grow yet
another successful enterprise.
Leading by example, Keeley has recruited and trained the utilities
project delivery team. All members in the internal sales and project
delivery team were handpicked and trained by Keeley. Each person is
multi-skilled and can follow a project through from initial enquiry
through every phase of project management to completion.
“I am excited to have come so far and know that there will be strong
competition. All the team here at Crown are on my side so we are all
keeping our fingers crossed. I am ambitious for the business and can
see that while we handle contracts nationwide we can expand still
further from our NW base to make this a national multi-utilities
connection business,” Keeley concluded.