Our team

SSE's team of around 20,000 employees is led by the main Board of Directors and by an Executive Committee, created to implement policy and deliver strategy as agreed by the Board, and to lead operational management of SSE’s businesses.

The Board

The Board is collectively responsible to shareholders for the good conduct of SSE's business, and is specifically responsible for matters such as approving the Company's strategy, budget, major investments and overall governance.

Our Board comprises two Executive Directors and six non-Executive Directors plus the Chairman. Female representation is currently 33%, and is above the original recommendation of the Davies Review into Women on Boards commissioned in 2010, which recommended that FTSE 100 Boards should aim for a minimum of 25% of female representation by 2015.

We are committed to the approach on diversity set out in the Davies Report and continue to monitor any future recommendations in line with the five year summary which was published in October 2015. Board appointments continue to be made on merit, in line with SSE’s Board Diversity Policy.

The Directors

Richard Gillingwater CBE - Chairman

Richard joined the Board in May 2007 and became Chairman in July 2015.

Committee membership
Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.

Background
Richard’s career to date includes varied experience with a wide range of organisations. For more than a decade he worked in corporate finance and investment banking, in due course becoming Chairman of European Investment Banking at CSFB. He served as Chief Executive of the Shareholder Executive for a time and latterly was Dean of Cass Business School, London.

He also has extensive board experience and served as the Chairman of CDC Group and a non-Executive Director of P&O, Debenhams, Tomkins, Qinetiq Group and Kidde. In 2015 he resigned as Senior Independent Director of Hiscox Ltd and as a non-Executive Director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc in order to ensure he has the appropriate capacity to be Chairman of SSE plc.

Key appointments
Chairman of Henderson Group plc. Senior Independent Director of Helical Bar plc.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - July 2015
Letter of appointment - December 2014
Letter of reappointment - January 2013
Letter of reappointment - February 2010
Letter of appointment - March 2007

Alistair Phillips-Davies - Chief Executive

Alistair became an Executive Director in January 2002 and became Chief Executive in July 2013.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination Committee.

Background
Alistair has over 19 years’ service with the Group, having joined Southern Electric plc in 1997 and has the benefit of experiencing much change in the energy sector over that period. Prior to 1997 he worked for HSBC and National Westminster Bank in corporate finance and business development roles in London and New York.

His career has provided him with extensive experience across the energy sector and he has held leadership roles in the Wholesale, Retail and Enterprise areas as well as in other commercial areas of SSE, such as Corporate Finance. In addition he has led many of the Group’s most significant transactions since the merger in 1998 when SSE plc was formed. Alistair also served as Chairman of the Energy Retail Association.

Key appointments
Director of Energy UK. Member of the Accenture Global Energy Board. Vice President of Eurelectric.

Gregor Alexander - Finance Director

Gregor was appointed Finance Director in 2002.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination Committee.

Background
Gregor’s career to date has spanned all areas of finance. He has over 25 years’ service with the Group, joining Scottish Hydro-Electric plc in 1990 and has the benefit of experiencing much change in the energy sector over this period. Prior to 1990, Gregor worked for Arthur Andersen where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

He was SSE’s Group Treasurer and Tax Manager before being appointed as Finance Director in 2002. His role was expanded in 2012 and he now has responsibility for Finance, Risk, Audit and Insurance, Procurement and Logistics, IT, Corporate Business Services and Investor Relations. He was instrumental in SSE’s investment in SGN and is currently Chairman of the SGN Board. In addition he is the sponsoring Board member for SSE’s businesses in Ireland.

Key appointments
Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc. Chairman of SGN Ltd.

Crawford Gillies - Senior Independent Director

Crawford joined the Board as Senior independent Director in August 2015.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination, Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Background
Crawford has over three decades of business and management experience in a variety of organisations. Initially this was with Bain & Company, a firm of international management consultants, where he was Managing Director Europe from 2001 to 2005. While at Bain he worked with major companies in the UK, Continental Europe and North America across multiple sectors.

He has also held public sector posts in both England and Scotland. He was an independent member of the Department of Trade & Industry and chaired its Audit & Risk Committee. Crawford brings a wealth of experience including extensive board experience, making him an excellent appointment as SSE’s Senior Independent Director.

Key appointments
Chairman of Control Risks Group. Non-Executive Director of Barclays plc. Senior Independent Director of Standard Life plc. Member of Advisory Board of School for CEO’s.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - August 2015

Jeremy Beeton CB - non-Executive Director

Jeremy joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in July 2011.

Committee membership
Chairman of the Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committee. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Background
Jeremy’s career comprises over 40 years of international project management experience over large, multi-site projects. He has worked with a wide range of organisations including governments, and both private and public companies. During his career, he held various positions at Bechtel Ltd., Haden Maclellan Holdings PLC and Cleveland Bridge Engineering UK Middle East Ltd.

In due course he became Principal Vice President of Bechtel Ltd, where he had responsibility for the management and delivery of Bechtel’s civil engineering projects in infrastructure and aviation. He was the Director General of the UK Government Olympic Executive, the lead government body for coordinating the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games from 2007 to 2012.

Key appointments
Member of the Court of Strathclyde University. Member of the Advisory Board of PwC. Chairman of Merseylink Ltd. Non-Executive Director of WYG plc. Non-Executive Director of John Laing Group plc.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - January 2014
Letter of appointment - April 2011

Katie Bickerstaffe - non-Executive Director

Katie joined the Board as a non-Executive director in July 2011.

Committee membership
Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination Committee.

Background
Katie’s career to date has included experience in a variety of roles in customer facing retailers and fast changing markets. Katie is a graduate of Unilever’s management training scheme and her earlier career included roles at Dyson Ltd and PepsiCo Inc. She later became Managing Director of Kwik Save Ltd and Group Retail Director and Group HR Director at Somerfield plc.

From 2008 to 2012, Katie further expanded and consolidated her varied business experience while serving as Director of Marketing, People and Property (Dixons). In 2012 she was promoted to the role of Chief Executive, UK and Ireland Dixons Carphone plc and also joined the Group Board.

Key appointments

Chief Executive, UK and Ireland Dixons Carphone plc.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - January 2014
Letter of appointment - April 2011

Dame Sue Bruce DBE - non-Executive Director

Sue joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in September 2013.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination, Audit, and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.

Background
Sue has had an extensive and varied career in local government. During this time, she held a variety of roles including Chief Executive at both East Dunbartonshire Council and Aberdeen City Council before taking up the role of Chief Executive at the City of Edinburgh Council.

This provided her with substantial experience in leading sizeable organisations with large numbers of employees, significant assets and an important place in the communities they serve. Through this part of her career, she also gained experience in financial management, cost control, organisation recovery and in a range of large-scale projects. After 40 years service she retired from local government in 2015.

Key appointments
Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Chair of Young Scot. Deputy Chair of The Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Visiting Professor, The International Institute of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde. 

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - July 2013

Peter Lynas - non-Executive Director

Peter joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in July 2014.

Committee membership
Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination Committee.

Background
Peter’s career to date means he has over 30 years of business experience spanning all areas of finance as well as plc board experience. He joined GEC-Marconi in 1985 as a Financial Accountant at the manufacturing operation in Portsmouth.

In 1998 he was appointed Finance Director of Marconi Electronic Systems prior to the completion of the British Aerospace/Marconi merger. He was a Board Director of Marconi’s European joint venture companies, Alenia Marconi Systems and Matra Marconi Space, and has been Chairman of the trustee Board of a major pension scheme. He has been Group Finance Director of BAE Systems Plc since 2011.

Key appointments
Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc. Member of the BAE Systems Inc Board in the US.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - April 2014

Helen Mahy CBE - non-Executive Director

Helen joined the Board as a non-executive director in march 2016.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination, Audit and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.

Background
Helen’s career to date includes varied experience as Company Secretary and General Counsel as well as on UK and international boards. She was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Babcock International Group PLC. From 2003 to late 2012 she was Group Company Secretary and General Counsel of National Grid plc where she gained valuable energy sector experience as well as experience in the areas of risk and compliance.

She was previously a non-Executive Director of Aga Rangemaster Group plc and of Stagecoach Group plc and a former chair of the GC100 Group. These roles have also provided Helen with extensive commercial experience.

Key appointments
Chairman of The Renewables Infrastructure Group. Non-Executive Director of Bonheur ASA. Non-Executive Director of SVG Capital plc.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - March 2016