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Biography of David Wright

Chief Electricity Engineer


NGET Board Member
Director, Electricity Transmission

David is responsible for running the electricity transmission network for England and Wales, delivering safe and reliable electricity supplies efficiently. He oversees the investment and maintenance programme, delivering the highest level of network reliability in Europe.

David joined National Grid in 1992 as an electrical engineer. He has occupied management positions on both gas and electricity networks in the UK, managed National Grid’s electricity transmission network in the US, and led the gas transmission field force, as well as teams in both the gas and electricity control centres.

Before joining National Grid, he worked for VSEL (now BAE) – the only submarine builder in the UK – designing electrical generation and distribution systems for warships.

He’s a Fellow of both the IET and Royal Academy of Engineering, Vice-Chair of CIGRÉ UK, dual-accredited Chartered Engineer with both IET and IGEM, and a member of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM).

David was born in Wales and lives in Northamptonshire. He has two daughters and is passionate about rugby.