UtiliPoint® International, Inc. has announced that Andrew Bruce has joined the company as Vice President, Trading & Risk Management Practice. He was formerly the CEO of TradeWell Systems, a company that delivered software and consulting solutions to gas and power marketing organisations across North America.

Blue Heron Consulting Corp., a management consulting and technology services firm specialising in utility solutions, has appointed Kenneth E Rybka as President. Formerly Vice President of Business Development at Blue Heron, Rybka has had experience with Oracle Corporation and SPL WorldGroup.

LODESTAR Corporation, a provider of energy software solutions, has announced the promotion of Julien Grouès to Vice President, Managing Director Europe. Grouès has been with LODESTAR for three years; in his new role he will be responsible for the continued development of the company’s European business, including sales, services and support. He is based in Paris, France.

Philip Fletcher CBE, the current Director General of Water Services in the UK, has been appointed as Chairman of the Water Services Regulation Authority with effect from 1 April 2006. He will lead Ofwat (the UK water regulator) through its transition to the new Water Services Regulation Authority.

VSI Meter Services, Inc., an international provider of metering services, has appointed Kevin Campbell as director of business development for its operations throughout North America. He will develop new business in the gas and electricity utility sector, focusing on a range of metering and field service outsourcing options. He was previously with Consumers Gas Company based in Toronto, Canada, and also with CAMTEC Enterprises.