Finance Director of a major regional utility, with a senior background in other major national businesses; owner of the Grimston Park Estate and active member of our local rural community. Married to Iona, with 4 children currently aged 14 to 4.
July 2009 – Present: Finance Director, Northern Powergrid – owns and operates the electricity distribution network in Yorkshire and the North East. Northern Powergrid has UK net assets of £2bn, turnover in excess of £700m and is owned by Warren Buffett’s highly acquisitive Berkshire Hathaway group.
The Finance Director is the main Board Director responsible for all Finance, Property and IT matters as well as overseeing Northern Powergrid’s subsidiary companies operating in smart meter rental, engineering contracting and gas exploration. The Finance Director typically chairs subsidiary Board Meetings.
As well as providing an essential service via the electricity network, Northern Powergrid supports community energy initiatives and research into social issues relating to energy. The company is a corporate supporter of the Academy Ambassadors programme nationally and regionally, as well as many other regional causes from Welcome to Yorkshire to the Great Exhibition of the North.
Previous roles: Aug 2006-Apr 2008 Finance Director, Great North Eastern Railway (GNER), running train services on the East Coast main line; Sept 2005-Aug 2006: Rail Division Financial Controller, GNER
May 1999-Sept 2005: Various Senior Finance Roles, BT Group, London; Sept 1992-May 1999: Audit, Management Consultancy, Coopers & Lybrand/PwC, London (including accountancy training)
Outside professional achievements, further activities include: co-owner of the Grimston Park Estate, Tadcaster, comprising agricultural, residential, commercial and sporting property employing 8 people; chairman of the Board of Governors/Trustees of Queen Mary’s School, a girls-only day and boarding school near Thirsk that is part of the Woodard Corporation. The School is a Church of England foundation operating as a registered charity, educating over 200 girls from nursery to GCSE. The School includes a fund-raising foundation and a school lettings company; governor of Kirk Fenton CofE Primary School, Church Fenton, a single form entry village primary school serving Church Fenton and surrounding villages. The School is working towards “outstanding” having been securely good for some years; PCC Member and joint Patron of St John’s Church, Kirkby Wharfe. Formerly Churchwarden (8 yrs); Parish Councillor & Chairman; Towton, Grimston and Kirkby Wharfe with North Milford Parish Council. The council with the lowest precept (tax levy) per household in Selby District; past member of the CBI Regional Council for Yorkshire & Humber (2006-2014).