Penny Small, Interim Chief Operating Officer

Penny’s role brings together all our asset operations and capital projects. Ensuring the efficient, safe and sustainable operation of our energy assets and pellet operations and deliver our multi-billion pound capital investment programme.

Penny Small, Group Generation Director

Penny joined Drax in 2018 as Chief Transformation Officer, ensuring best practice is applied across our transformation programmes and overseeing HR, Legal, Company Secretariat, Property and Facilities, Physical and Cyber Security as well as Strategy and M&A. In December 2023, Penny was appointed as the Group’s Interim Chief Operating Officer.

Penny has spent her entire 30+ year career in the energy industry in a variety of roles in a number of different companies, including time with Engie as Director of Asset Optimisation and Digital, GDF Suez as EVP Strategy & Communications and International Power Limited as Director of Global Resources.

She also held business development roles at National Power and BG Group, and financial and commercial roles with BP.  Penny has lived in both the United Arab Emirates and Thailand during her career.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • November 2018