UVM is perhaps one of the most important fields of environmental impact in the 21st century and is especially important in the United States, where it is the largest factor in managing outages and the reliability of utilities, clearance and transmission right-of-way (ROW) management. 

Dr. Phil Charlton

Principal Advisor​


Dr. Phil Charlton, Principal Advisor for Iapetus Infrastructure Services, is a pioneer in the field of utility vegetation management. 

Phil graduated from West Virginia University with BSF, MSF, and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Science. His career spans over forty years, including a significant tenure as President of ECI where he paved the way for hundreds of electrical companies to develop UVM programs for distribution line clearance and transmission right-of-way (ROW) management.

Charlton developed the industry’s first electronic system for performance analytics of external workforce management. He has also served on the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council and is an expert witness for UVM. 

During his ten-year tenure at the Utility Arborists Association, Charlton grew the association’s financials and membership to over five thousand members. Phil served as the latest UAA’s Executive Director. 

Tejpal Singh

Chief Operating Officer


Tej Singh serves as Chief Operating Officer for Iapetus Infrastructure Services and its operating companies.

Originally from Canada, Tej began his career at Ontario Power Generation before pursuing a career in trading and consulting at Dynegy, TD Securities, and Deloitte in Canada. Tej moved on to Goldman Sachs in New York where he spent nearly six years in commodities trading and finally Mercuria in Houston, before joining Iapetus Holdings in 2012.

Tej obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Management Studies from McMaster University in Ontario. He was an active player in raising money and defining business strategy for a Canadian commercial startup for seven years.  Together with Craig Taylor, he is Co-Founder and Board Member of Atlas Scholars in Houston since 2012.

In 2021, Tej was honored among the recipients of the Top 50 Financial Leaders award by the National Diversity & Leadership Conference. Tej is a 2022 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.


Vegetation Management Solutions

The company behind the Trees & Lines podcast through which Dr. Phil Charlton and Tejpal Singh provide utility vegetation management solutions to utilities and other critical infrastructure companies is Iapetus Infrastructure Services.


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