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John Pettigrew FEI FIET

Chief Executive


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

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

Committee membership: Executive and Finance

Tenure: 6 years

Career: Roles included 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 is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institution of Energy and Technology.

Skills and competencies: John joined the Group as a graduate in 1991 and has progressed through many senior management roles. Together with his extensive operational experience of the Group, John brings significant know-how and commerciality to his leadership of the executive team and management of the Group’s business.

John continues to lead the implementation and development of the Group’s strategy, creating new opportunities for the continued future growth of our core businesses. He maintains a productive dialogue with institutional investors on Group strategy and performance.

External appointments:

  • Member of the UK Government’s Inclusive Economy Partnership
  • Member of the CBI’s President’s Committee
  • Member of the Edison Electric Institute Executive Committee
  • Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Rentokil Initial plc