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 Group 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: Group Executive and Finance

Tenure: 8 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. John brings significant know-how and commerciality to his leadership of the executive team and management of the Group’s business.

He continues to lead the implementation of the Group's strategy. This year a new group operating model was introduced under John's leadership, in order to: improve customer and stakeholder relationships; evolve our ways of working and culture; and, ensure a step change in efficiency and effectiveness. Recently John has progressed the Company's strategic pivot, including the acquisition of WPD and successful sale of a majority stake in our UK Gas Transmission. He also led the Company's Principal Partnership of COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. 

External appointments:

  • Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director of Rentokil Initial plc

  • Member of the UK Government’s Inclusive Economy Partnership

  • Member of the Electric Power Research Institute Board

  • Member of the CBI’s President’s Committee

  • Member of the Edison Electric Institute Executive Committee