Board of Directors

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Patrick Bitature

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Bitature has been the chairman of the Board since September 2007. Mr. Bitature is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Simba Group of Companies, a conglomerate spanning telecoms, properties, power generation (Electro-Maxx), agro-business, mining, tourism and media interests. Mr. Bitature is a member of the Presidential Investors Round Table and is Honorary Consul, Australian Consulate in Uganda.

Mr. Bitature is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK.

Selestino Babungi

Executive Director

Selestino has previously served as Umeme’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), where he has been responsible for driving the Company’s business and financial strategy, leading to the overall growth in Umeme’s financial performance over the years. Prior to his appointment as CFO, Selestino served in Operations as a Regional Manager and Credit Control Manager, gaining a deep understanding of the Electricity distribution business and sector as a whole. Selestino has also worked with Ernst & Young Uganda, providing audit and advisory services to clients in the private and public sector.

He is a graduate of Statistics, a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK) (FCCA) and a Certified Public Accountant – Uganda (CPA).

Charles Chapman

Non-executive Director

Mr. Chapman joined Umeme in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in the same year. He remains on the board as a non-executive director.

Mr. Chapman has been on the Board since May 2009. Prior to joining Umeme, Mr. Chapman worked for Ireland’s leading utility, Electricity Supply Board, as the head of Customer Supply. Mr. Chapman has extensive international experience in previous roles as managing director of Toyota Hellas, regional director of Inchcape plc, Middle East and previously working for Boots Company plc and GlaxoSmithKline plc. Mr. Chapman is a BSc (Management) honours graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

Hon. Gerald Majera Ssendaula

Member

Hon. Gerald Majera Ssendaula joined the Board of Directors of Umeme Limited as a non-executive director with effect from 14th November 2013.

Hon. Ssendaula is the Chairman of Private Sector Foundation Uganda and Uganda Revenue Authority and is the Special Presidential Advisor on Finance. He is also a retired Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, who held the portfolios of Energy and Finance.

Piet Faling

Member

Joined the board in February 2015 as a non-Executive Director. Piet was a member of the Eskom’s Management Board from 1993 to 1999 and played a key role in the restructuring of Eskom’s generation business. For the past 16 years Piet has acted in advisory and management capacity to energy projects across Africa.

Florence Nsubuga

Member

Was appointed a Director (Executive) of the company with effect from the 13th day of March, 2015. Florence is Umeme’s Chief Operations Officer and a key member of the senior management team. She has a wealth of experience in the operations of the company. Florence holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Planning.

Sam Zimbe

Member

Mr. Sam Zimbe  was appointed as an Executive Director of the company in November 2014. Mr. Zimbe has served the Company for a significant period of time right from inception and served in the executive capacity as the General Manager Regulatory and Corporate Affairs and currently as the Deputy Managing Director. Sam is a qualified professional accountant with a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment and has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic senior management roles in Uganda, UK and the Caribbean, mostly in the electricity sector. Prior to joining Umeme, Sam managed the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) for two years.

Andrew Buglass

Member

Mr. Andrew Buglass was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from the 20th day of June, 2017.

Mr. Buglass has acted in senior roles with several leading companies such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, PowerGen plc and Unocal Corporation. He has focused exclusively on funding and developing global energy projects since 1992 and his experience includes electricity projects in over 30 countries. He also has extensive and highly complementary experience in oil & gas investment and development. Andrew is a regular expert contributor to the UK Government and industry groups on policy and investment issues.

Anthony Marsh

Member

Mr. Anthony Marsh was appointed as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from the 20th day of June, 2017.

Mr Marsh has over 30 years’ experience in financing infrastructure, particularly power assets, in many countries in Africa and Europe. Most recently he was CEO of Frontier Markets Fund Managers that invested funds and provided guarantees in respect of infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia on behalf of the UK, Dutch, Swiss and Swedish governments. Prior to that, while acting on behalf of the UK government he helped set up the government owned Green Investment Bank to invest equity and debt in green infrastructure in the UK, and was chair of the Investment Committee. His experience also includes senior positions in a power development company and in international banks.

Florence Namatta Mawejje

Member

Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development (Manchester University UK) and Executive MBA-Strategic Management, (ESAMI/Maastricht, The Netherlands).

Florence is a member of the Board of Directors since April 2016. She is also a member of the Environment, Safety and Governance Committee.

Her wealth of experience stems from advising on Corporate Governance Managerial Administrative and People Management.

Florence is currently the General Manager, Human Resources at Centenary Rural Development Bank. She previously served as the General Manager, Human Resources at MTN Uganda (1998- 2009 HR Manager, Care International Uganda, Human Resource Management Director, East and Southern Africa (ESA) business Cluster at Unilever Kenya.

She is a board member of several institutions including the National Social Security Fund and Uganda Clays Ltd and has previously served as the President of the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda.

Christopher Nicholson

Member

FCA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and CPA (Virginia Society of CPA’s)

Chris is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

He has over 34 years of experience in accounting and previously, he served as Global Managing Partner, Deloitte Energy & Resources for 10 years, and has audited large power companies with operations in over 20 countries.

Chris has considerable experience serving as a board member and Audit Committee Chairperson on several boards.

Chris has been on the Umeme Board since August, 2015.