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.

Note: the Board biographies are up to date as of June 2016

  • Sir Peter Gershon CBE FREng, Chairman

    Sir Peter Gershon

    Committee membership: N (ch)


    Appointed: 1 August 2011 as Deputy Chairman and became Chairman with effect from 1 January 2012


    Tenure: 5 years

     

    Career: Sir Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has held a number of senior positions across multiple industries. His previous appointments include

    Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems and a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. 


    Sir Peter is currently Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc and a Non-executive Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board and most recently a Trustee of The Sutton Trust Board.


    Skills and experience: Sir Peter has significant board level experience gained across multiple industries, with considerable experience in Government through previous roles. He also has significant experience of general management both in the city and internationally and brings to the Board an in-depth understanding of the high-tech industry.


    Key

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

    Andrew Bonfield
    Andrew Bonfield

    Committee membership: F, S


    Appointed: 1 November 2010


    Tenure: 6 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
  • Nora Mead Brownell, Non-executive Director

    Nora
    Nora Mead Brownell

    Committee membership: N, R, S

    Independent


    Appointed: 1 June 2012


    Tenure: 4 years

     

    Career: A key individual in the US energy industry, Nora has significant experience gained in a variety of roles including Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. 


    Most recently, Nora sat on the Boards of ONCOR Electric Delivery Holding Company LLC and Comverge, Inc. Nora is currently a member of the Board of Spectra Energy Partners LP, Direct Energy Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners as well as a partner in ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC.


    Skills and experience: Through her Non-executive directorships, Nora brings extensive experience in US Government and regulation and has significant expertise in the US utilities industry in particular through her role as a Commissioner with FERC.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Jonathan Dawson, Non-executive Director

    Jonathan Dawson
    Jonathan Dawson

    Committee membership: F, N, R, (ch)

    Independent


    Appointed: 4 March 2013


    Tenure: 4 years

     

    Career: Jonathan started his career in the Ministry of Defence before moving to Lazard where he spent more than 20 years. He was a Non-executive Director of Galliford Try plc, National Australia Group Europe Limited and Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited. 


    Most recently he was Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Non-executive and Senior Independent Director of Next plc until May 2015. Jonathan is currently a Non-executive Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and Chairman and a founding partner of Penfida Limited.


    Skills and experience: Jonathan has a wide range of city experience with a significant and in-depth understanding of the corporate finance, pensions and banking industries.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Therese Esperdy, Non-executive Director

    Therese Esperdy

    Committee membership: A, F, (ch), N

    Independent


    Appointed: 18 March 2014, and appointed to the Board of National Grid USA from 1 May 2015


    Tenure: 3 years

     

    Career: Having started her banking career at Lehman Brothers, Therese joined Chase Securities in 1997 and then held a variety of senior roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co. These included appointments as Head of US Debt Capital Markets and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets, co-head of Banking, Asia Pacific and Global Chairman of the Financial Institutions Group.


    Therese was appointed as a Non-executive Director on the Board of Imperial Brands PLC in July 2016


    Skills and experience: Therese has significant experience in city, corporate finance and banking through her previous appointments. She also has a wide range of international experience having worked in a number of international markets.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Paul Golby CBE FREng, Non-executive Director

    Paul Golby
    Paul Golby

    Committee membership: A, N, R, S, (ch)

    Independent


    Appointed: 1 February 2012


    Tenure: 5 years

     

    Career: A fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Paul has held a variety of roles within the energy and utilities industries. Paul was an Executive Director of Clayhithe plc, before later joining E.ON UK plc where he was Chief Executive and later Chairman.


    Paul was a Non-executive Chairman of AEA Technology Group plc and was Chairman of  EngineeringUK. He is currently Chairman of the UK National Air Traffic System, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a member of the Council for Science and Technology. Most recently, Paul was appointed as Chairman of Costain Group plc on 5 May 2016.


    Skills and experience: Paul has experience in energy utilities, Government and regulatory industries. Paul also has a wide range of board level experience gained through his Chief Executive and Chairman appointments.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Pierre Dufour, Non-executive Director

    Pierre Dufour
    Pierre Dufour

    Committee membership: N, R, S

    Independent


    Tenure: Less than a year

     

    Career: Pierre started his career at SNC Lavalin Group, a Canadian engineering, procurement and construction management business. He joined Air Liquide in 1997, later becoming Chief Executive and also Chairman of the Board of Air Liquide Canada. Pierre went on to several different positions within Air Liquide where he had responsibility for North American operations, whilst also overseeing safety and industrial risk management and operations in South America, Africa and the Middle East.

    In 2007 he became Senior Executive Vice President of the Air Liquide Group with responsibility for all Air Liquide group activities across The Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as supervising engineering, project execution, safety and industrial risk management.

    Skills and experience: Pierre has significant experience in the areas of safety and risk management. As well as his significant experience on the main board of Air Liquide, Pierre has over 6 years’ experience as a Non-executive Director of Archer Daniels Midland having joined the Board in May 2010.


    Key

    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee  
  • Ruth Kelly, Non-executive Director

    Ruth Kelly
    Ruth Kelly

    Committee membership: A, F, N

    Independent


    Appointed: 1 October 2011


    Tenure: 5 years

     

    Career: Ruth began her career in Government where she held various senior roles, including Secretary of State for Transport, for Communities and Local Government, for Education and Skills as well as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. She was also a senior executive at HSBC

    until August 2015. 


    Ruth is currently appointed as Governor for the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Pro Vice Chancellor at St Mary’s University; she has also been a Non-executive Director on the Financial Conduct Authority Board since April 2016.


    Skills and experience: Ruth brings in-depth knowledge of Government and regulatory practice; she also has experience in banking and corporate finance.


    Key

    A: Audit Committee F: Finance Committee
    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health Committee (ch): Chairman of Committee
  • Mark Williamson, Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

    Mark Williamson
    Mark Williamson

    Committee membership: A, (ch), N, R

    Independent


    Appointed: 3 September 2012


    Tenure: 4 years

     

    Career: A qualified accountant with significant financial experience, Mark was Chief Accountant and then Group Financial Controller of Simon Group plc before joining International Power plc as Group Financial Controller and later as Chief Financial Officer. 


    Mark was a Non-executive Director at Alent plc where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director. Mark is currently the Chairman of Imperial Brands PLC.


    Skills and experience: Mark has extensive city, international accounting and finance experience in addition to senior and board level experience across multiple industries. Mark’s experience in energy utilities amongst other industries has provided a good understanding of Government and regulatory matters.


    Key

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