Our management

Our Board is collectively responsible for the effective oversight of the Company and its businesses. It also determines the strategic direction, business plan, objectives and governance structure that will help achieve the long-term success of the Company and deliver sustainable shareholder value.

The successful delivery of our strategy is dependent upon attracting and retaining the right talent. This starts with having a high-quality Board. Balance is an important requirement for the composition of the Board, not only in terms of the number of Executive and Non-executive Directors, but also in terms of expertise and backgrounds.

Our Board sets the risk appetite for the Company and takes the lead in areas such as safeguarding the reputation of the Company and financial policy, as well as making sure we maintain a sound system of internal control and risk management.

Our Chairman is responsible for the leadership and management of the Board and its governance. He ensures the Board is effective in its role by promoting a culture of openness and debate, facilitating the effective contribution of all Directors and helping to maintain constructive relations between Executive and Non-executive Directors.

Our Chief Executive is responsible for the executive leadership and day-to-day management of the Company, to ensure the delivery of the strategy agreed by the Board. Through his leadership of the Executive Committee, he demonstrates commitment to safety, operational and financial performance.

Our Senior Independent Director acts as a sounding board for the Chairman and serves as an intermediary for the other Directors, as well as shareholders as required.

Independent of management, our Non-executive Directors bring diverse skills and experience, vital to constructive challenge and debate. Exclusively, they form the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and have an important role in developing proposals on strategy.

  • John Pettigrew FEI, FIET, Chief Executive

    Tom King
    John Pettigrew

    Committee membership: F


    Appointed: 1 April 2014 and became Chief Executive with effect from 1 April 2016


    Tenure: 2 years


    Career: A Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institution of Energy and Technology, John joined the Company in 1991 and has over 25 years of experience at National Grid in a variety of senior management roles. 


    John’s previous appointments include Director of Engineering from 2003, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the US Electricity Distribution & Generation business between 2007 and 2010, Chief Operating Officer for UK Gas Distribution between 2010 and 2012, and UK Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014. 


    John was appointed to the role of Chief Executive on 1 April 2016.


    Skills and experience: Through his wide variety of roles in the UK and US businesses John has extensive knowledge of the Company as well as the engineering and utilities industries as a whole. He has an in-depth understanding of the Government and regulatory landscape.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Andrew Bonfield, Finance Director

    Andrew Bonfield
    Andrew Bonfield

    Committee membership: F, S


    Appointed: 1 November 2010


    Tenure: 5 years


    Career: Andrew is a chartered accountant with significant financial experience having previously been Chief Financial Officer at Cadbury plc until March 2010; he also spent five years as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. 


    As well as this, Andrew also has previous experience in the energy sector as Finance Director of BG Group plc and is currently a Non-executive Director of Kingfisher plc.


    Skills and experience: Andrew brings significant finance experience to the Board and has extensive knowledge of international industries. Through his appointments in senior positions across several industries, Andrew has an in-depth knowledge of the energy and utilities industries both in the UK and internationally, in particular the US energy market.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Dean Seavers, Executive Director, US

    Dean Seavers
    Dean Seavers

    Appointed: 1 April 2015


    Tenure: 1 year

     

    Career: Dean began his career at the Ford Motor Company and held various senior management positions at Tyco International Ltd. before joining General Electric Company/ United Technologies Corporation. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Security and then President, Global Services of United Technologies Fire & Security. 


    Dean was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association from 2010 to 2014 and lead network member at City Light Capital from 2011 to 2015 and President and Chief Executive at Red Hawk Fire & Security, LLC from 2012 to 2014. Dean is currently a Board member of Red Hawk Fire & Security, LLC.

     

    Skills and experience: Dean has a wide range of financial and customer experience. He has significant general management experience with a particular focus on change and performance improvement programmes. Dean also has extensive knowledge of international markets, the city, corporate finance and financial services.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Nicola Shaw CBE, Executive Director, UK

    Nicola Shaw

    Appointed: 1 July 2016


    Tenure: Less than 1 year

     

    Career: Previously Nicola was CEO at HS1 plc from 2011 to 2016 and at FirstGroup plc between 2005 and 2010. At FirstGroup she led the European bus division and was an Executive Director of the Board. She was also an Independent Non-executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc to September 2015 when the business was sold to IAG.  Nicola’s career, both in the UK and overseas, has included roles at the Strategic Rail Authority, Office of the Rail Regulator, Bechtel Ltd, Halcrow Fox, the World Bank and London Transport.  She is currently a Director of Ellevio AB, a Swedish electricity distribution company.


    Skills and experience: Nicola has a broad range of experience and strong track-record working with the UK Government, the European Commission and Parliament, with Regulators and in leading important infrastructure businesses. In her role as Chief Executive Officer of High Speed 1 Ltd, she successfully led the transition of High Speed 1 from the construction phase into a long-term business and delivering very successful operating performance. In The Shaw report, published in March 2016, Nicola reported to the UK Government on the future structure and financing of Network Rail. 


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Alison Kay, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Andrew Bonfield
    Alison Kay

    Appointed: 24 January 2013

     

    Career: Alison has undertaken several roles since joining National Grid in 1996 including UK General Counsel and Company Secretary from 2000 to 2008 and Commercial Director, UK Transmission from 2008 to 2012. Before joining National Grid she was a corporate/ commercial solicitor in private practice.

     

    Skills and experience: Alison is an experienced commercial lawyer bringing a wealth of practical advice and guidance to her current role. She has developed expertise in regulatory and contractual law and legal risk management through her experience at National Grid. 


    She also brings rigour around corporate governance and reporting to the Board, gained partly through her current role and also in her previous role as Secretary to the boards of the subsidiary companies, National Grid Gas plc and National Grid Electricity Transmission plc.


  • George Mayhew, Group Corporate Affairs Director

    Tom King
    George Mayhew
  • Mike Westcott, Global Human Resources Director

    Tom King
    Mike Westcott
  • Rich Adduci, Chief Information Officer

    Rich Adduci
  • Stephanie Hazell, Group Strategy & Corporate Development Director

    Nick Winser
    Stephanie Hazell