Dr Paul Golby CBE FREng, FIET, FIMechE, FEI, FCGI (70)

Non-executive Director; Independent


Appointed: 1 February 2012

Committee membership: Safety, Environment and Health, Audit and Nominations

Tenure: 9 years

Career: Paul is a chartered engineer, having trained and gained a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University. He has held management positions with Dunlop and BTR before becoming an Executive Director of Clayhithe plc in 1992. He joined E.ON UK plc in 2001 where he held the position of Chairman and later Chief Executive, stepping down from the E.ON Board in December 2011.

Paul has also held previous appointments as Non-executive Chairman of AEA Technology Group plc, Chairman of Engineering UK, Pro Chancellor, Chairman of Council of Aston University and Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Energy Institute and City of Guilds. He was awarded an honorary degree from Aston University in 2007 and Cranfield University in 2008.

Skills and competencies: Paul is a Chartered Engineer and has a lifelong passion for engineering and innovation, having spent his career in the energy and regulatory sectors. He brings a valuable engineering and industry perspective to the Board as well as the attributes of an experienced Chairman and Chief Executive to his role as a Non-executive Director. Paul’s deep understanding and specialised experience in safety and risk management combined with his deep insight into regulatory issues faced by the Group, particularly in the UK, is crucial to his role as a member of the Safety, Environment and Health Committee.

External appointments:

  • Chairman of Costain Group plc

  • Director of the Electrical Research Association (ERA) Foundation

  • Chairman of NATS Holdings Limited