Our Board

Brian Count

Chairman

Brian Count joined as Chairman on the 31st March, 2014.  Brian was previously Chief Executive of Innogy – a FTSE 100 Utility Company – and following its acquisition by RWE of Germany he became Chief Executive of RWE Trading (Energy Trading). He was also on the Board of Eskom in South Africa for 6 years as one of two international directors that were appointed at that time.  Currently he is also Chairman and founding investor in Jacoma Limited. This company has been set up to develop an agricultural business in Malawi. Previously he was a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board.

Alex Katon

Executive Director

Alex is a specialist in leadership, strategic planning, partnership agreements, PPA and EPC negotiation.  Prior to joining InfraCo in 2013, Alex was based in Dubai as the Regional Head of Strategy & Communications for International Power-GDF SUEZ in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region, with over 15 years experience in the IPP sector. Alex previously worked in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Business Developer for the Middle East-Africa team at International Power, a FTSE-listed international IPP company.  Prior to his time in the Middle East, Alex was Director of Business Development at Globeleq, an emerging market IPP company that he helped to create from the power portfolio of the UK Government’s CDC Group Plc.  Alex started his investment career at CDC Group plc, where he worked on African infrastructure projects and ran an SME venture capital fund in Lusaka, Zambia. Alex is an ACA and holds a BA Hons in Economics/Accountancy from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Peter Barlow

non-Executive Director

Peter Barlow was previously Director of Corporate Finance at International Power plc where he was responsible for Corporate and Project finance, Treasury, and was also Chairman of the Joint Venture with Mitsui. He was also Chairman of Thai National Power. During his 12 years with International Power, Peter was responsible for the funding of all of International Power’s projects, for its corporate funding, and for a number of important relationships with partners.

Prior to Peter’s role with International Power, he was involved in Infrastructure Finance and Project Finance at a number of international banks in Europe and Asia. During this time, he executed both advisory and lending activities involving both private Sector and Government sponsors.

Peter is a Non Executive Director of a finance company subsidiary of Octopus Investments, a fund manager, and has a number of charitable appointments

Rod Evison

non-Executive Director

Roderick Evison recently retired from a 20 year career at CDC Group Plc. He was responsible for CDC’s major role in the creation of the private equity asset class in Africa.  As Managing Director, Africa Funds, he grew CDC’s portfolio of African private equity funds from less than a £50 million valuation in 2003 to over £1 billion in 2012.  As well as supporting the spin-outs of Actis and Aureos from CDC, he was responsible for anchor investments in first-time fund-raisings by, what have become, some of the best known African private equity fund managers.

Prior to this, Rod initiated the creation of Globeleq by CDC.  During his earlier career at CDC, he lead the building of CDC’s private power portfolio, and then worked on a number of key transactions, including the merger of CDC’s interests in the sugar sector in Swaziland, the sale of three agribusinesses in Africa, and leading a club loan from four DFIs to a West African IPP.  Rod continues to Chair CDC’s Funds Investment Committee, and he sits on the Investment Committee of the Danish Climate Investment Fund.

Kathie Painter

non-Executive Director

Kathie Painter has experience in infrastructure investment both as an investor, as Managing Director at Alinda Capital based om Europe, and as an adviser.  She worked for many years at Citigroup (having initially joined Schroders), latterly as Managing Director, Global Infrastructure Group, and Head of Government Infrastructure Advisory.  She was based in Asia for some time. Kathie has extensive and varied international experience, across developed and developing economies, with direct involvement in all the sub-sectors of infrastructure.  Kathie is currently working as a consultant to Newstate Partners LLP.  She has an MBA from Cranfield University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. a B.Sc. (Hons) and MBA degrees.

Maria Msiska

non-Executive Director

Maria Msiska is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She holds a Master of Business Leadership degree from the University of South Africa as well as Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Malawi. She is currently the Managing Director of BOC Kenya Limited with responsibility for East African operations. Prior to this she was the Head of Finance for Linde Group’s African Operations outside of South Africa. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Afrox Zambia Limited and Afrox Malawi Limited. She has served on various boards in manufacturing and financial services companies including Old Mutual Malawi and Standard Bank Malawi.

Maria was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in March 2015.