John brings extensive energy, engineering and safety experience with over 45 years spent working across nuclear, electricity and latterly the oil and gas sectors. Between 2004 and 2015 John was at BP plc, most recently as Group Head of Engineering & Process Safety, prior to which he was Group Engineering Director at Powergen plc.
Having originally trained as a Royal Navy Engineer Officer, serving on nuclear submarines, John is currently Visiting Professor of Nuclear Engineering at The University of Strathclyde. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Sellafield Ltd, the nuclear site management company based in Cumbria. John chairs the Sellafield Board Committee on Environment, Health, Safety & Security.
Commenting on the appointment, Philip Cox, Chair of Drax, said:
“I am delighted that John is joining the Board. His extensive experience gained in the energy sector, focused on critical operational services at both multi-national and UK based businesses, will strengthen our Board and support Drax as we continue to focus on both growing our capabilities and continuing to deliver operational excellence.”
“Drax is already one of the leading generators of flexible, low carbon and renewable electricity in the UK. I’m excited to be joining the Board and look forward to further enhancing the business’ operational capabilities and delivering on our purpose of enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future.”
John has also been appointed as a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.