Will Gardiner, Group Chief Executive Officer

Will has been a key architect of our flexible, low-carbon, customer-focused strategy, and is responsible for all aspects of the stewardship of Drax Group, including developing an appropriate business strategy for Board approval and securing its timely and effective implementation.

Will Gardiner, Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group

Will joined Drax in 2015 as CFO and was appointed as CEO in January 2018.

He has a wealth of experience in finance and technology, having held CFO and divisional Finance Director roles at a number of major companies, including CSR plc (acquired by Qualcomm, Inc in 2015) and Sky.

Will has a track record of creating value and building well-managed companies.

He has been a key architect of our purpose and strategy, driving the sustainability agenda from the top, including Drax’s response to the climate change crisis, and ensuring that we are delivering for our stakeholders.

He provides leadership of the executive team and takes responsibility for important external relationships and stakeholder management. Will is also a non-executive board member of the Sustainable Biomass Program.

He has dual US-UK citizenship and has lived and worked in the UK since 1998.

Appointment to the Board:

  • 16 November 2015

Committee membership:

  • Executive Committee

External appointments:

  • Sustainable Biomass Program Limited (SBP; Member of the Board representing biomass end-users)
  • Energy Transitions Commission (ETC; Commissioner)