Northern Powergrid


Phil Jones


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.

Tom Fielden


Tom joined Northern Powergrid in July 2009 and he became Finance Director in October 2009. He is a chartered accountant, having qualified with Coopers & Lybrand in their telecommunications audit team before moving to Coopers & Lybrand Consulting's utilities practice. Tom joined BT's regulatory finance team in 1999 and worked in their international venture with AT&T, performing a variety of regulatory and financial accounting roles in BT Group and BT Global Services.

After joining Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) as Financial Controller in 2005, Tom became Finance Director of GNER in 2006 and in 2007 he transferred to National Express East Coast as Finance Director.

Patrick Erwin

Policy & Markets Director

Patrick joined Northern Powergrid at the end of 2016 from INEOS Shale, where he led the Commercial and Business Development functions as well playing a wider role at INEOS Group level. Before that he was a Senior Civil Servant, most recently, until the end of 2013, in DECC heading up the Energy Strategy and Programme team, running DECC's programme of Primary Legislation 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. These included 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 has acted as a Gateway Reviewer for major Government Programmes.

Andy Maclennan


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 and in July 2015, he assumed responsibility for the contestable elements of the connections business. In 2019, Andy’s executive accountabilities expanded to include Northern Powergrid’s Procurement function.

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 March 2019. Field Operations is Northern Powergrid’s biggest single team with Andy leading 1,600 people across our locally delivered regional operations model.

A key responsibility of this role sees Andy lead our gold command structure which manages our response to major incidents such as weather-related events. He also actively 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.

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. 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.

Angie Patterson


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 for this newly established group is to support and enable change programmes, develop our people, and enhance organisational and individual effectiveness.

Geoff Earl


Geoff has 40 years' experience in the electricity industry working on all aspects of the power delivery chain from power stations, transmission systems and distribution networks.

As the job title suggests, Geoff's responsibilities cover safety, health and environment and also extend to cover operational training and competitive connections input services.

Neil Applebee

Director of People and Customer Services

Neil joined Northern Powergrid as Head of Shared Services in September 2013 and was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in July 2015.  

Neil’s multi-disciplined career has seen him operate in a variety of senior roles across numerous core business functions - HR, Finance, Operations and Customer Service during his 18 year career within the UK retail industry at Marks & Spencer and Asda Wal-Mart. Starting his retail career as a Personnel graduate trainee at M&S through to Senior Director for Asda’s Customer Service Contact Centres, Neil is also a qualified accountant.

As Director of People & Customer Service, in November 2017, Neil’s accountabilities around the Executive table grew to incorporate Customer Service Operations, Shared Services Operations, Customer Relationship Management, Continuous Improvement, Reporting & Insight as well as the People function incorporating the newly created Learning & Development Academy.