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

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

    Tenure: 5 years

    Committee membership: N (ch)

    Career and skills: Sir Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has had a varied career holding 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 brings to his role of Chairman of the Board extensive general management, government and advisory experience as well as significant board level experience, including a seven-year tenure as Chairman of Tate and Lyle plc from which he retired from on 31 March 2017. Sir Peter currently holds external appointments as a Non-executive Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board and a Trustee of The Sutton Trust.

    Skills and experience:
    Ci, Cu, E, GM, G 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.

  • John Pettigrew FEI, FIET, Chief Executive

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nora Mead Brownell, Non-executive Director

    Nora
    Nora Mead Brownell

    Appointed: 1 June 2012

    Tenure: 4 years

    Committee membership: N, R, S

    Career and skills: 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 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. She  is currently a member of the Board of Spectra Energy Partners LP and the Advisory Board of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners as well as a partner in ESPY Energy Solutions and LLC. Through her Executive experience and her Non-executive directorships, Nora brings extensive experience in US Government and regulatory matters to the Board as well as significant expertise in the US utilities industry.

    Skills and experience:
    G, 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.

  • Jonathan Dawson, Non-executive Director

    Jonathan Dawson
    Jonathan Dawson

    Appointed: 4 March 2013

    Tenure: 4 years

    Committee membership: F, N, R (ch)

    Career and skills: 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 Jonathan was Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Senior Independent Director of Next plc. His extensive experience in the pensions and financial industries brings significant and in-depth understanding in remuneration and financial matters to his role as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and to the Board. Jonathan is currently Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and Chairman and a founding partner of Penfida Limited.

    Skills and experience:
    B, Ci, Fi, and P.

    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.

  • Therese Esperdy, Non-executive Director

    Therese Esperdy

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

    Tenure: 3 years

    Committee membership: A, F (ch), N

    Career and skills: Having started her banking career at Lehman Brothers, Therese joined Chase Securities in 1997 going on to hold a variety of senior roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co. These included roles as Head of US Debt Capital Markets and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets, co-head of Banking, Asia Pacific at JPMorgan and Global Chairman of the Financial Institutions Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Most recently, Therese was appointed as a Non-executive Director on the Imperial Brands PLC Board on 1 July 2016. Therese has significant experience in the financial services industry where she has operated across international markets and as a result brings this experience and insight to the Board and to her role as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

    Skills and experience:
    B, Ci, Fi 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.

  • Paul Golby CBE FREng, Non-executive Director

    Paul Golby
    Paul Golby

    Appointed: 1 February 2012

    Tenure: 5 years

    Committee membership: A, N, S (ch)

    Career and skills: A fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Paul has held a variety of roles within the energy and utilities industries and was an Executive Director of Clayhithe plc, before going on to join E.ON UK plc where he was Chief Executive and later Chairman. Paul also held previous appointments as a Non-executive Chairman of AEA Technology Group plc and Chairman of EngineeringUK. He is currently the Chairman of Costain Group plc, the UK National Air Traffic Services, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. Paul has significant experience in energy utilities, and within Government and regulatory industries with a specific background in safety and risk management which he brings to the Board and to his position as Chairman of the Safety, Environment and Health Committee.

    Skills and experience:
    Cu, E, G, R, Sa 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.

  • Pierre Dufour, Non-executive Director

    Pierre Dufour
    Pierre Dufour

    Appointed: 16 February 2016

    Tenure: Less than a year

    Committee membership: N, R, S

    Career and skills: Pierre started his career at SNC Lavalin Group, a Canadian engineering, procurement and construction management business. He joined Air Liquide in 1997, later going on to roles such as Chief Executive of the US operations, Chairman of the Board of Air Liquide Canada and several different positions within Air Liquide where he had responsibility for North American operations, while also overseeing safety and industrial risk management and operations in South America, Africa and the Middle East. Pierre then 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. Pierre brings significant safety and engineering knowledge to the Board and, in addition to his executive experience, Pierre is also a Non-executive Director of Archer Daniels Midland.

    Skills and experience:
    Cu, E, GM, I and Sa.

    Key

    N: Nominations Committee R: Remuneration Committee
    S: Safety, Environment and Health 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.

  • Ruth Kelly, Non-executive Director

    Ruth Kelly
    Ruth Kelly

    Appointed: 1 October 2011

    Tenure: 5 years

    Committee membership: A, F, N

    Career and skills: 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 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. She was a senior executive at HSBC until August 2015 before moving to her current role as Pro Vice Chancellor at St Mary’s University. Ruth is also Governor for the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and has also been a Non-executive Director on the Financial Conduct Authority Board since April 2016. She brings in-depth knowledge of Government and regulatory practice to the Board along with experience in banking and corporate finance.

    Skills and experience:
    B, Fi, G and R.

    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.

  • Mark Williamson, Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

    Mark Williamson
    Mark Williamson

    Appointed: 3 September 2012

    Tenure: 4 years

    Committee membership: A (ch), N, R

    Career and skills: A Chartered accountant, Mark has a strong financial background and significant recent and relevant financial experience gained from roles as Chief Accountant and then Group Financial Controller of Simon Group plc, and Financial Controller and later Chief Financial Officer of International Power plc. Mark was also a Non-executive Director at Alent plc where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director. As well as considerable financial experience, Mark brings a thorough knowledge of energy and regulatory matters and provides the Board with valuable insight in this area. Mark is currently Chairman of Imperial Brands PLC and joined the Board of Spectris plc as Non-executive Chairman on 26 May 2017.

    Skills and experience:
    Ci, Fi, G, 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.