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

    Appointed: Joined the Board on 1 April 2014 and became Chief Executive with effect from 1 April 2016

    Tenure: 3 years

    Committee membership: F

    Career and skills: John joined the Company in 1991 and progressed through a variety of roles before joining the Board as UK Executive Director in 2014. With over 25 years of varied experience at National Grid, his previous roles include Director of Engineering in the UK, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the US Electricity Distribution & Generation business, Chief Operating Officer for UK Gas Distribution and UK Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014. John’s extensive experience within the Company brings to the Board a deep understanding of the energy and utilities industry and operation within a regulatory environment as well as a full appreciation of the landscape National Grid works in.

    Skills and experience:
    E, G, GM, R and U

    Key

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

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Andrew Bonfield, Finance Director

    Andrew Bonfield
    Andrew Bonfield

    Appointed: 1 November 2010

    Tenure: 6 years

    Committee membership: F

    Career and skills: Andrew is a chartered accountant with significant financial experience having previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Cadbury plc; he also spent five years as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb, an American pharmaceutical company. Andrew also has prior experience in the energy sector as he was Finance Director of BG Group plc from 2001 to 2002. He currently has an external appointment on the Kingfisher plc Board as a Non-executive Director. Andrew’s varied financial experience across several different industries enables him to bring valued and technical expertise to Board meetings through thorough knowledge of the financial industry both in the UK and internationally.

    Skills and experience:
    Fi, I and U.

    Key

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

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Dean Seavers, Executive Director, US

    Dean Seavers
    Dean Seavers

    Appointed: 1 April 2015

    Tenure: 2 years

    Career and skills: Dean began his career at the Ford Motor Company, moving to Tyco International Ltd where he held various senior management positions 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 and most recently he has been a lead network member at City Light Capital and President and Chief Executive of Red Hawk Fire & Security, LLC and currently holds an external appointment as a Board member of Red Hawk Fire & Security, LLC. Dean brings to the Board a wide range of financial and customer experience along with significant general management experience with a particular focus on change and performance improvement programmes.

    Skills and experience:
    Ci, Cu, Fi, GM and I.

    Key

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

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Nicola Shaw CBE, Executive Director, UK

    Nicola Shaw

    Appointed: 1 July 2016

    Tenure: Less than a year

    Career and skills: Nicola joined the Board in July 2016 as Executive Director following her previous roles as CEO at HS1 plc from 2011 to 2016 and FirstGroup plc from 2005 to 2010. She was also an independent Non-executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc until September 2015. 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 and she is currently a Non-executive Director of Ellevio AB, a Swedish electricity distribution company.  Nicola has a broad range of experience and strong track-record working with the UK Government, the European Commission and Parliament and industry Regulators as well as leading important infrastructure businesses which she brings to her role as UK Executive Director on the Board and a member of the Executive Committee.

    Skills and experience:
    G, I, R and U.

    Key

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

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Badar Khan, Group Director Corporate Development and National Grid Ventures

    BADAR KHAN

    Appointed: 1 April 2017

    Tenure: Less than 1 year

    Career: Badar Khan is Group Director for Corporate Development and National Grid Ventures. He is responsible for driving growth for National Grid in competitive markets in the US and UK. In particular, he is focused on leveraging technology to transform the way homes and businesses engage and use energy. Badar was previously CEO of Texas-based Direct Energy, a leading energy retailer with more than five million customers.

    Experience: His extensive experience in energy spans retail power and gas and energy-related services, wholesale energy trading, upstream power generation, and oil and gas exploration and production. He has been a leader in the restructuring of the retail and wholesale power markets in both the US and the UK. Badar has a degree in engineering from Brunel University in London and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • 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.


    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • George Mayhew, Group Corporate Affairs Director

    Tom King
    George Mayhew

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Mike Westcott, Global Human Resources Director

    Tom King
    Mike Westcott

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.

  • Rich Adduci, Chief Information Officer

    Rich Adduci

    Skills and experience key

    B: Banking Ci: City*
    Cu: Customer E: Engineering
    Fi: Finance GM: General Management
    G: Government I: International
    P: Pensions R: Regulation
    Sa: Safety U: Utilities

    * Understanding the concerns of the investment community and listed company matters.