Our team

SSE's team of nearly 20,000 employees is led by the main Board of Directors and by an Executive Committee created to deliver the strategy and decisions agreed by the Board and to lead operational management of our businesses.

The Board

The Board is accountable to its shareholders for the good conduct of SSE's business. Our Board is made up of the Chairman, independent non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors. It is specifically responsible for things like approving the company's strategy, budget, major investments and overall governance.

The Board comprises two Executive Directors and five non-Executive Directors plus the Chairman. Female representation is 25%. The Davies Review into Women on Boards recommended FTSE 100 Boards should aim for a minimum of 25% of female representation by 2015.

We will continue to appoint Executive and non-Executive Directors to ensure diversity of background and on the basis of their skills and experience.

The Board

Richard Gillingwater - Chairman

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

Committee membership
Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Background
He was, most recently, Dean of Cass Business School, London. Prior to this he spent 10 years at Kleinwort Benson, before moving to BZW, in due course, becoming joint Head of Corporate Finance and, latterly, Chairman of European Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston.

He has previously served as Chief Executive then Chairman of the Shareholder Executive. He has been the Chairman of CDC Group and a non-Executive director of P&O, Debenhams, Tomkins, Qinetiq Group, Kidde, Hiscox Ltd and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.

Key appointments
He is currently the Chairman of Henderson Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Helical Bar plc and Pro Chancellor of the Open University.

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

Alistair Phillips-Davies - Chief Executive

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

Committee membership
Nomination committee.

Background
Alistair has a degree in Natural Sciences and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

He has worked in the energy industry since 1997, when he joined Southern Electric. He was appointed to the Board of SSE as Energy Supply Director in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2012.

Key appointments
Director of Energy UK and member of the Accenture Global Energy Board.

Gregor Alexander - Finance Director

Gregor was appointed Finance Director at SSE in 2002.

Committee membership
Nomination committee.

Background
Gregor is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

He has worked in the energy industry since 1990, when he joined Scottish Hydro Electric. Since then he has been Group Treasurer, Tax Manager and was appointed Finance Director in 2002.

Key appointments
He is Chairman of SGN, in which SSE has a 50% stake, and is a non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc.

Crawford Gillies - Senior Independent Director

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

Committee membership
Nomination committee, Audit committee and Remuneration committee.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - August 2015

Jeremy Beeton - non-Executive Director

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

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

Background
Jeremy was the Director General of the UK Government Olympic Executive, the lead government body for coordinating the 2012 London Olympics.

Previously, he was 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 business lines.

Key appointments
Jeremy is a member of the Court of Strathclyde University.

He sits on the Advisory Board of PwC, the Supervisory Board of Imtech and is Chairman of Merseylink Ltd. He is a Non-Executive Director of A Proctor Group Ltd and a 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 at SSE as a non-Executive director in July 2011.

Committee membership
Nomination committee and Chair of the Remuneration committee.

Background
From 2008 to 2012, Katie served as Director of Marketing, People and Property (Dixons).

Previously, she was Managing Director of Kwik Save Ltd and Group Retail Director and Group HR Director at Somerfield plc.

Her earlier career included roles at Dyson Ltd, PepsiCo Inc and Unilever PLC.

Key appointments

She is the Chief Executive Uk and Ireland Dixons Carphone Plc.

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

Sue Bruce - non-Executive Director

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

Committee membership
Audit committee, Nomination committee and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory committee.

Background
Sue has had an extensive career in local government and has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive at East Dunbartonshire Council and Aberdeen City Council before taking up the role of Chief Executive at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Sue has given notice of her retirement from local government and she will leave by October 2015 in her 40th year of service.

Key appointments
She is the Chief Executive of The City of Edinburgh Council, a non-Executive Director of The Scottish Council for Development and Industry, the Chair of Young Scot and a Visiting Professor at The International Institute of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - July 2013

Peter Lynas - non-Executive Director

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

Committee membership
Nomination committee and Chair of the Audit committee.

Background
Peter joined GEC-Marconi in 1985 as a Financial Accountant at the manufacturing operation in Portsmouth and in 1998 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 a Chairman of the trustee board of a major pension scheme.

Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Key appointments
Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc and a member of the BAE Systems Inc Board in the US.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - April 2014