Our Landowner Engagement Team

On the ground, to answer your questions

SONI is the System Operator for Northern Ireland. We bring electricity to every part of Northern Ireland, and plan ahead for future growth. A better energy supply means greater prosperity in the years ahead. Sometimes we need to develop the grid so it can connect to new sources of energy. To do that, new infrastructure has to be put in place and that can only happen when we work closely with local farmers, landowners and the community.

SONI recognises the importance of engaging with landowners as early and as often as possible during the Grid Development Process. That is why we have a dedicated landowner engagement team who are available to discuss the siting of new lines and cables, land access and compensation.

By planning ahead and developing the grid, SONI wants the Northern Ireland economy to grow and develop. We want to work with you to make that happen.


William Sufferin

Landowner Engagement Lead, Northern Ireland

William has an extensive background both in Agriculture and Rural Surveying, dealing with clients, solicitors, agents, and negotiating with landowners in order to agree outcomes which are mutually satisfactory to all parties. William has practical experience within the agricultural industry after working on various farms and he continues to farm on the family farm raising beef cattle for finishing. William’s previous employment has saw him involved in the Gas to the West pipeline, Kilroot Gas pipeline and Project Stratum which was the large scale roll out of fibre optic internet to rural Northern Ireland

To contact:

Phone: +44 (0)28 90794336 or Email: william.sufferin@soni.ltd.uk


Jason Kerr

Wayleave Officer, Northern Ireland

Jason has 16 years’ experience as a wayleave officer with NIE networks and SONI, dealing with landowners, stakeholders, solicitors and agents on new electricity transmission projects. Jason has a background in farming, giving him good knowledge and understanding of the needs and issues affecting Landowners.

To contact:

Phone: +44 (0)28 90794336 or Email: jason.kerr@soni.ltd.uk