Towards the end of 2015, our founder Gary Wernick decided to convert a two bedroom house in Doncaster into two flats. He was shocked to discover that it would cost £1,800 to install an extra connection to the electricity network, ie to run a cable six feet.
None of the sub-metering services available met his needs as a landlord living over fifty miles away. He couldn’t sell cards to tenants, collect pound coins, or attempt to bill tenants in arrears for their consumption. He also needed a fraud proof system given the nature of tenants in that area.
Gary was well placed to solve this problem. Not only did he have over twenty years experience in the Energy sector, but he was also a property developer. Industry contacts put in touch with a new start-up, Meterix, who were developing the back-end computer systems and communication system to run smart meters on a PAYG basis in conjunction with Iskraemeco, one of the largest European meter manufacturers. A partnership was quickly agreed for Landlord Metering would offer a unique service where landlords could effectively “install and forget” virtual MPANs.
See Vanessa Warwick of Property Tribes interview with Gary about the founding of Landlord Metering (June 2018).
After starting his career at the Bank of England and Reuters, Gary moved to Elexon, where he was part of the team which wrote the rules used to open up the UK electricity market for retail competition. He has worked for several energy companies both in the UK and abroad, including being head of back-office of a Supplier, as well as in charge of testing for Total’s European Gas & Power trading arm.
In addition to his energy experience, he has also been in charge of developing sixty riverside flats in Gainsborough (and remains director of the Management Company) and has a small buy to let portfolio.
He holds an MBA from Cass, an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster and an MA in Physics and Management Studies from St John’s, Cambridge and is a Certified Systems Analyst.
Motti looks after the day to day running of the business.
He started his career as a para-legal before moving into logistics, with his last position before joining us being in charge of a team of eight for an ecommerce company.
Rodgers’ primary focus is to look after Landlords – explaining our services to potential new clients, and ensuring that we delivery a superb level of customer care.
He was previously the Manufacturing Operations Manager for Cairns Foods in at one of their plants in Zimbabwe.
Rodgers holds an MBA from Cranfield and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Blida University (Algeria).
Nicola operates our tenant helpline – 24 hours a week, 365 days a year on a freephone telephone number. Based in Wigan, Nicki’s team use complex interactive scripts to resolve most tenant issues immediately, and escalate the remainder to the Landlord Metering team.
Rob helps ensure our great service reaches landlords everywhere. He has a worked with many organisations helping them design and implement successful strategies. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a degree in Management and Spanish from the University of Bradford.