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 is an active representative on the Smart Grids Forum and Sustainable Development Advisory Group and he provided technical advice to the Government and Ofgem on the development of distributed generation. Phil was President of the Energy Networks Association between 2008 and 2010 and, in 2007, was awarded an OBE for his services to the 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 East 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.

Nick Gill


Nick joined the electricity industry in 1985 and held a number of engineering postings within the technical services division of the company. Nick was appointed to a senior management role in 1998. Between 2003 and 2005, Nick worked in the USA, delivering step changes in safety, risk and training for our affiliate, Berkshire Hathaway Energy. He returned to the UK in 2005 and is responsible for the delivery of our distribution field activities.

John France


John France is the Regulation Director at Northern Powergrid. After leaving university he joined the British Gas Corporation where he held a number of posts before becoming a member of the team that handled the privatisation of British Gas in 1986. He joined Northern Electric as its Regulation Manager in 1989. He was a member of the team that negotiated the acquisition of the distribution business of Yorkshire Electricity Group plc and the sale of the Northern Electric supply businesses.

He has been involved with all the distribution (and supply) price control reviews that have affected the company since privatisation and takes the lead amongst the executive on regulatory matters and for the price control review as a whole

Mark Drye


Mark joined the electricity industry in 1987 and has held a number of engineering and managerial posts. He is responsible for the asset management directorate, encompassing all technical policy, investment strategy, and planning, system design, investment delivery and asset-related information management. His responsibilities also encompass procurement function.

Andy Maclennan


Andy is the Business Development 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.

Karen Weatherburn


Karen is the executive team member responsible for group-wide people related policy, with a key focus on operational excellence and business transformation. She is responsible for employee and industrial relations; reward and recognition; recruitment; risk and compliance; and human capital management

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 39 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 but also extend to cover operational training and competitive connections input services.