New Energy Champion Angela Knight moves from banking to energy

The staunchest defender of the UK’s banking industry is set to protect another much-maligned sector, as Angela Knight was named chief executive of Energy UK this weekend.

Ms Knight has headed the British Bankers’ Association for five years and even took the Financial Services Authority to court over how banks should compensate victims of mis-selling payment protection insurance.

When the former Conservative MP steps down in July, she will take over the trade association for the energy sector, which has 70 members and was formed only last month. Ms Knight takes on the role when energy providers, particularly the “big six”, have rarely been more criticised for high fuel bills.