Philip Cox CBE (Chair until 2023)

Philip is an experienced leader of large businesses, having held both executive and non-executive roles, including in the energy sector.

Contribution and Experience

Philip’s responsibilities at Drax included Board composition and succession, Board governance and stakeholder engagement.

He was previously CEO of International Power plc, having formerly been CFO. Prior to this he held a senior operational position at Invensys plc and was CFO at Siebe plc. As a non-executive, he was previously Chair of Kier Group plc, the Senior Independent Director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Chair of Global Power Generation and a member of the boards of Talen Energy Corporation, PPL, Meggitt plc and Wincanton plc.

Philip is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an MA from Cambridge University.

Philip is an experienced leader of large businesses, particularly in the energy sector. As Chair, Philip cultivated a culture of openness, transparency and honesty on the Board in which constructive debate and challenge occurs and all directors contribute fully. Philip has an in-depth knowledge of energy markets and the related regulation. He also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement.

Appointment to the Board:

January 2015 – December 2023

Appointment as Chair:

April 2015 – December 2023