Open Utility is an ambitious software company based in London.

In 2015 Open Utility launched their flagship Piclo® peer-to-peer energy marketplace for UK business customers with their first partner Good Energy. In 2017 Open Utility is expanding the Piclo® service in selected international markets and is running a residential customer trial.

Open Utility has secured £1.5million of funding, including grants from DECC and private investment from Ian Marchant, former CEO of SSE. Open Utility has been named by Bloomberg as one of the UK’s top 50 Business Innovators and won Startup of the Year at European Utility Week.

Our team

  • James Johnston

    CEO & Co-founder

    James first registered Open Utility one night in 2013, after realising that he wanted to play a role in shaping a decentralised and resilient energy industry. Two years later, James splits his time between fundraising, business strategy and developing the long-term vision of the company. James continues to challenge the status quo. For him, Open Utility demonstrates that we can think differently about energy. The company is delivering step-by-step innovation that will help transform the whole energy sector.

  • Alice Tyler

    CPO & Co-founder

    Alice joined Open Utility as a co-founder in 2013, bringing the user to the centre of the company’s design approach. Alice has a passion for turning complicated scenarios into simple user interactions, from day-to-day tasks to hiring and team happiness. Alice is committed to reducing her own carbon footprint. At home, she has invested in a 3.9kW domestic solar PV installation and is looking forward to installing a battery with it. Longer-term, she is driven by empowering people to use their electricity more efficiently and effectively, while re-designing how people interact with their energy.

  • Andy Kilner

    CTO & Co-founder

    After Andy and James met in 2013, Andy knew that peer-to-peer energy was the next big thing he could make happen. Open Utility formalised from a name into a mission, and Andy transformed the basic code into the groundbreaking matching engine that powers Piclo today. Andy is focused on making the company’s approach and solutions scalable, while helping with the company’s business strategy and long-term vision. Andy wants to see Open Utility transforming the energy model from its current centralised way of working, to one that is much more resilient, clean and ultimately, abundant. However, he’s not just building a company that specialises in local peer-to-peer matching, but one that is a decentralised organisation in itself.

  • Adam Kozlowski

    Software Development

  • Fayaaz Ahmed

    DevOps Engineer

  • Andrew Walker

    Software Development

  • Eleanor Hopwood

    Finance Administration

  • Aurora Suriel Melchor

    UX Designer

  • Rachel Stanley

    Head of Innovation

  • Liam Taylor

    Software Development

  • John Rowland


Investors & advisors

Nigel Ellis


Nigel has 34 years experience in a variety of roles with SSE, including commercial development, energy trading and corporate venturing. Nigel currently runs Dunelm Energy with Ian Marchant.

Ian Marchant


Ian was Chief Executive of SSE for over 10 years and spent two years as Chairman of Infinis Energy. He is currently Chairman of the John Wood group and the Maggies cancer charity, a non Non-Exec Director of Aggreko and he is an investor and adviser to small energy and cleantech businesses through his company, Dunelm Energy.

David Sigsworth


David is Chairman of Sigma Capital Group plc and Chairman of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group. Previously, David was Chairman of SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency), Chairman of Flexitricity, and an executive board member of SSE.

Bethnal Green Ventures


Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme, early stage investor and support network for ambitious social ventures using technology to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Since 2008 they have supported over 65 startups including Overleaf, Fairphone and Commonplace.