Appointment of new non-executive director

Directorate changes

RNS Number : 9248R
Drax Group PLC
(Symbol: DRX)

The Board of Drax Group plc (“Drax”) is pleased to announce that Vanessa Simms is to be appointed as a Non-Executive Director, with effect from 19 June 2018.

Vanessa is Chief Financial Officer at Grainger plc (1) and has a strong background in listed businesses, with more than 20 years experience working in senior leadership roles at Unite Group plc, SEGRO plc, Stryker Corp and Vodafone Group plc.  She has particular expertise in leading and implementing strategic change.

Philip Cox, Chairman of Drax, said: “The directors are delighted to welcome Vanessa to the Board. Her financial and commercial experience from a broad range of companies and industries will provide real value as Drax delivers on its purpose to help change the way energy is generated, supplied and used for a better future.”

Vanessa added: “I’m looking forward to joining the Board of Drax at this key time for sustainable energy in the UK.”

Vanessa has been appointed as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee.  She will work closely with the current Audit Chair, David Lindsell, in anticipation of her succeeding David when he steps down in 2019.

She has also been appointed as a member of the Company’s Nomination and Remuneration committees.


Drax Investor Relations: Mark Strafford

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Drax Media Relations: Ali Lewis

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  1. Grainger plc is the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.