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 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 three Executive Directors and six non-Executive Directors plus the Chairman. Female representation is currently 20%.
The Board fully recognise the benefits that diversity, in its broadest sense, can bring, and evidence its commitment to this area through the adoption of the Board Diversity Policy which is set out below. In line with a number of relevant external initiatives, including the recommendations made in the Hampton-Alexander Review and Parker Review, the Board has reviewed and updated this Policy during the year to ensure that it remains relevant and stretching. Specific work has also been carried out in support of the Hampton-Alexander recommendations surrounding women’s representation on the Executive Committee and within its direct reports. Details of the ambitions which have been agreed to support progress in this area can be found here in SSE’s full response to the Hampton-Alexander Review.
Richard Gillingwater CBE - Chairman
Richard joined the Board in May 2007 and became Chairman in July 2015.
Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.
Richard has varied experience with a wide range of organisations giving him an excellent understanding of the policy and regulatory framework within which SSE operates, as well as broad financial skills and City experience. For over 20 years he worked in corporate finance and investment banking, latterly as Chairman of European Investment Banking at CSFB. He served as Chief Executive of the Shareholder Executive and was Dean of Cass Business School, London. He has extensive board experience and was previously Senior Independent Director of Hiscox Ltd and a non- Executive Director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.
Chairman of Henderson Group plc. Senior Independent Director of Helical Bar plc. Pro-Chancellor of Open University.
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.
Alistair is a Chartered Accountant and this together with his operational experience and leadership skills means he brings significant knowledge and commerciality to the Board. Alistair has 20 years’ service with the Group, where he has held leadership roles in the Wholesale, Retail and Enterprise areas, as well 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. Prior to 1997 he worked for HSBC and National Westminster Bank in corporate finance and business development roles in London and New York.
Member of the Accenture Global Energy Board. Vice President of Eurelectric.
Gregor Alexander - Finance Director
Gregor was appointed Finance Director in 2002..
Gregor is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years’ service with the Group, joining Scottish Hydro-Electric plc in 1990. He therefore has the benefit of experiencing much change in the energy sector and his detailed understanding of the different aspects of the SSE Group and its operating environment is invaluable. He was SSE’s Group Treasurer and Tax Manager before being appointed as Finance Director in 2002. The responsibilities of this role were first expanded in 2010. He has been instrumental in many of SSE’s major investments including SSE’s investment in SGN. Prior to 1990, Gregor worked for Arthur Andersen.
Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc. Chairman of Scotia Gas Networks Ltd.
Martin Pibworth - Wholesale Director
MARTIN PIBWORTH BECAME WHOLESALE DIRECTOR AND A MEMBER OF THE BOARD IN SEPTEMBER 2017.
Martin has over 20 years experience in the energy sector, and brings significant knowledge of energy markets and insight into commercial, technical and operational matters to the Board. Martin joined SSE in 1998 as an energy trader, becoming Managing Director, Energy Portfolio Management, and a member of SSE's then Management Board in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Managing Director, Wholesale, and a member of SSE's Executive Committee. Martin has board-level responsibility for the Wholesale business. Before joining SSE, he worked in energy trading at Eastern Power and Energy Trading and then at Total Gas Marketing.
Crawford Gillies - Senior Independent Director
Crawford joined the Board as Senior independent Director in August 2015.
Member of the Nomination, Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Crawford’s varied career means he brings extensive commercial and governance knowledge to the Board including particular expertise in matters of finance and risk management. Crawford has over three decades of business experience in a variety of organisations and extensive public company board experience, making him an excellent appointment as Senior Independent Director. Crawford’s business experience includes working with major companies in the UK, Europe and North America across multiple sectors. He has also held public sector posts in the UK, including Chairman of Scottish Enterprise for 7 years until 2015.
Non-Executive Director of Barclays plc. Non-Executive Director of The Edrington Group Limited.
Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - June 2015
Jeremy Beeton CB - non-Executive Director
Jeremy joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in July 2011.
Chairman of the Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committee. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Jeremy is a Civil Engineer and brings extensive knowledge of project management and related areas including safety, complex project structures and contractual negotiations. Jeremy’s career comprises over 40 years in managing large, multi-site projects. He has worked with a wide range of organisations including governments, and both private and public companies. Jeremy held various positions at Bechtel Ltd., Haden Maclellan Holdings PLC and Cleveland Bridge Engineering UK Middle East Ltd. He was the Director General of the UK Government Olympic Executive from 2007 to 2012.
Chairman of Merseylink Ltd. Senior Independent Director of WYG plc. Non-Executive Director of John Laing Group plc. Non-Executive Director of OPG Power Ventures plc.
Dame Sue Bruce DBE - non-Executive Director
Sue joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in September 2013.
Member of the Nomination, Audit, Remuneration and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.
Sue’s extensive career in the public sector enhances the diversity of the Board; she held a variety of roles in local government in a career which spanned 40 years. Her operational experience of leading organisations, with large numbers of employees, significant assets, construction projects and an important place in the community they serve, make her an excellent source of knowledge on these matters for the Board. She was 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.
Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Chair of Young Scot. Electoral Commissioner, The Electoral Commission.
Peter Lynas - non-Executive Director
Peter joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in July 2014.
Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination Committee.
Peter has over 30 years of business experience spanning all areas of finance. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and brings up to date financial knowledge and experience to the Board as well as general business knowledge and board experience. In 1998 he was appointed Finance Director of Marconi Electronic Systems prior to the completion of the British Aerospace/Marconi merger and also has been Chairman of the trustee Board of a major pension scheme. He has been Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc since 2011.
Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc. Member of the BAE Systems Inc Board in the US.
Helen Mahy CBE - non-Executive Director
Helen joined the Board as a non-executive director in march 2016.
Member of the Nomination, Audit and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.
Helen’s career, including relevant sector experience, puts her in the ideal position to understand the legal, risk, compliance, commercial and governance issues SSE faces. She has significant public company board experience in a number of sectors in the UK and abroad and brings a detailed knowledge of, and interest in, the areas of inclusion and diversity. She was Company Secretary and General Counsel for both Babcock International Group PLC and more recently National Grid plc. Helen was also a nonexecutive Director of Stagecoach Group plc.
Chairman of The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited. Non-Executive Director of Bonheur ASA. Non-Executive Director of MedicX Fund Limited. SVG Capital plc (until approximately 2017).
Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - October 2015
Tony Cocker - non-Executive Director
Tony joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in May 2018.
Tony possesses extensive knowledge of the sector gained through a 20 year career with E.ON. He brings wide-ranging experience to the Board, including insight into technical and operational matters, and a comprehensive understanding of commodity markets, energy trading and risk. Latterly, as CEO and Chairman of E.ON UK plc, which comprised E.ON’s main businesses in the UK, Tony oversaw the supply of energy to household customers, businesses and communities. This long-standing industry experience in combination with his current external appointments, enhances the Board’s knowledge of trends relevant to SSE’s operations and of utilities regulation. Tony has experience in strategic planning and development through early consultancy roles and has an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.
Chairman of Affinity Water Ltd. Chairman of Infinis Energy Management Ltd. Deputy Chairman and Governor of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.
Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - March 2018