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Phil Jones

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Phil is the President and Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid and has been in the electricity distribution sector since 1993. He is a chartered electrical engineer and progressed through a number of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity prior to the merger with Northern Electric in 2001. He joined the board of the combined companies in 2002 and became President in 2006.

Phil remains actively involved in policy development at a national level in the UK, having served on advisory groups that advise the UK Government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, on the development of networks for low carbon economy, sustainable development and consumer protection. He is currently Chair of the Energy Networks Association, and has in the past served as President of the Institute of Asset Management, Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Council of the Confederation of British Industry. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the energy industry.

Northern Powergrid's safety first culture is reflected with senior leadership of the company's health, safety and training function reporting directly to Phil.

Andy MacLennan

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Andy is the Commercial Director at Northern Powergrid. He started his career in the electricity industry in 1984 and his career spans both the electricity and rail sectors, undertaking a number of managerial roles in multidiscipline functions.

As part of Northern Powergrid’s executive team, Andy’s responsibilities include the development and growth of the Smart metering business, Northern Powergrid’s contracting business, IUS, development and assessment of acquisition opportunities.

In July 2015, he assumed responsibility for the contestable elements of the connections business.

Andy’s executive accountabilities expanded in 2019 to also include Northern Powergrid’s Procurement function.

Tom France

General Counsel

Tom joined Northern Powergrid in November 2012 and he became General Counsel in July 2015.

He is a solicitor, having qualified with Herbert Smith in the company's corporate energy and infrastructure team.

Tom holds executive accountabilities for Legal, Company Secretariat and Regulatory Compliance.

Stephen Lockwood

Director of Finance (Interim)

Stephen has worked for Northern Powergrid since 1983. He held a number of finance roles before being appointed Group Financial Controller in 2016 with responsibility for all external and shareholder reporting, tax, pensions and treasury.

In March 2021, Stephen was appointed as Director of Finance (Interim) with overall responsibility for Finance and Property Services.

He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with Northern Powergrid.

Patrick Erwin

Policy & Markets Director

Patrick joined Northern Powergrid at the end of 2016 from INEOS, where he led the Commercial and Business Development functions setting up INEOS Upstream. Before that he was a Senior Civil Servant, until the end of 2013, in DECC heading up the Energy Strategy and Programme team, running the Primary Legislation programme and leading on devolution issues.

He has held a wide range of policy and implementation roles in Central Government associated with energy, infrastructure and environment. This includes a spell leading DECC’s Energy Networks team, leading work on four Acts of Parliament (including two Energy Bills), and designing and implementing various regulations. He has also run several major programmes in government, including setting up the Planning Regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure and acting as a Gateway Reviewer for major government programmes. Patrick currently sits on the Durham Energy Institute advisory board and is one of the appointed Commissioners of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission.

Angie Patterson

DIRECTOR OF ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT

Angie joined Northern Powergrid in 2002, having held senior roles in the public and private sector both in Organisation Development and in managing regional initiatives for business support and development.

Angie was appointed to the executive in 2007 and led the HR function until 2013 when she moved into a new role as Director of Organisation Development.

Drawing from research in leadership, organisation psychology, employee engagement, change management and organisation behaviour, Angie's responsibility and focus is to support and enable change programmes, develop our people, and enhance organisational and individual effectiveness.

In 2021 Angie took on executive responsibility for Northern Powergrid’s People Services function including the company’s Learning and Development Academy.

Andy Bilclough

Director of Field Operations

Andy is a linesman by trade and joined Northern Powergrid in 2008 after 12 years at National Grid. During his time at Northern Powergrid he has risen through multiple leadership roles and was appointed Director of Field Operations in 2019. Field Operations is our biggest single team with Andy leading 1,600 people across our locally delivered regional operations model.

A key responsibility of Andy's role is leading our gold command structure which manages our response to major incidents such as weather-related events. He also represents Northern Powergrid as a delivery board member for the Energy and Utility Skills Partnership, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring we have access to the highly skilled people we need to design, build and maintain our network now and in the future.

Andy also has executive responsibility for Customer Service Operations, Shared Services, Digital Services, Business Improvement and Reporting and Insight bringing our focus on customer service closer to our front line operations to drive forward improvements.

Alex Jones

Director of Performance and Planning

Alex joined Northern Powergrid in January 2015 and became the Director of Performance and Planning in March 2019. He is a chartered accountant having completed his training with KPMG, spending seven years in their Restructuring practice.

Alex heads up Major Projects within Northern Powergrid, responsible for the operational delivery of major capital projects and cross-cutting programmes on the network and currently oversees the company's Asset Management team.

He is also responsible for business planning, performance reporting for cost and output delivery and oversight of the company’s portfolio of key business change programmes and Northern Powergrid's environmental management.

Alex has served on the national under 35 committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and is a member of the North East CBI Future Leaders network.