Our Team

SSE's team of around 20,000 employees is led by the main Board of Directors and the Group Executive Committee.

The Board

The Board is collectively responsible to shareholders for the good conduct of SSE's business, and is specifically responsible for matters such as approving the Company's strategy, budget, major investments and overall governance.

Our Board comprises three Executive Directors and five non-Executive Directors plus the Chairman. Female representation is currently 22%.

The Board fully recognise the benefits that diversity, in its broadest sense, can bring, and evidence its commitment to this area through the adoption of the Board Diversity Policy which is set out below. In line with a number of relevant external initiatives, including the recommendations made in the Hampton-Alexander Review and Parker Review, the Board has reviewed and updated this Policy during 2017/18 to ensure that it remains relevant and stretching. Specific work has also been carried out in support of the Hampton-Alexander recommendations surrounding women’s representation on the Executive Committee and within its direct reports. Details of the ambitions which have been agreed to support progress in this area can be found here in SSE’s full response to the Hampton-Alexander Review.

SSE’s Board Diversity Policy

The Directors

Richard Gillingwater CBE - Chairman

Richard joined the Board in May 2007 and became Chairman in July 2015.

Committee membership
Chair of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Remuneration and Energy Markets Risk Committee.

Richard has extensive and diverse leadership experience, having held the position of Chairman, Senior Independent Director and non-Executive Director across a number of private and public sector organisations, including Janus Henderson, the Shareholder Executive and CDC Group plc. Through these roles he brings expert knowledge of governance, including a sound understanding of the role of the Board. Through a career in the City which spanned more than 20 years, involving senior roles in investment banking and corporate finance, he also has a depth of knowledge surrounding financial matters, and of the trends and factors which impact upon the external environment in which SSE operates. This experience provides valuable insight in respect of strategic development and the long-term direction of the Company. Richard is committed to engaging with the business to observe how agreed strategy is delivered and to understand employee views, the feedback from which is instrumental in Board decision-making. Richard has a law degree and an MBA.

Key appointments
Chairman of Henderson Group plc.
Pro-Chancellor of Open University.
Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - July 2018
Letter of appointment - July 2015
Letter of appointment - December 2014
Letter of reappointment - January 2013
Letter of reappointment - February 2010
Letter of appointment - March 2007

Alistair Phillips-Davies - Chief Executive

Alistair became an Executive Director in January 2002 and became Chief Executive in July 2013.

Alistair has been with SSE since 1997, and possesses a detailed knowledge of the operations of each business area having held a number of senior roles throughout the Company. Prior to joining the Board in 2002 as Energy Supply Director, Alistair was Director of Corporate Finance and Business Development. In 2010, he became Generation and Supply Director, before Deputy Chief Executive in 2012, then Chief Executive in 2013. Alistair's career progression has supported the development of sound leadership skills and a detailed understanding of the energy markets in Great Britain and Ireland, including the implications of EU membership and the increasingly global context in which they operate. Through his role, Alistair has initiated significant focus on people development and efficient operations in order to develop SSE's capabilities for future growth. Alistair is a Chartered Accountant and prior to 1997 worked for HSBC and National Westminster Bank.

Key appointments

Vice President of Eurelectric.
Member of Scottish Energy Advisory Board.
Member of the Accenture Global Energy Board.

Gregor Alexander - Finance Director

Gregor was appointed Finance Director in 2002..

Committee membership

Member of the Energy Markets Risk Committee.

Gregor is a Chartered Accountant. He joined SSE in 1990 and since this time has worked in various finance roles within the Company, including Treasury and Tax, prior to joining the Board as Finance Director in 2002. During his career Gregor has been instrumental in a number of the major transactions and investments which define the Group. His extensive and long-standing knowledge of financial markets and experience of shareholder views, has supported the development of SSE's financial strategy, and purpose to create value for shareholders and society, including through debt financing with the issuance of SSE's Green Bond, and the commitment to Fair Tax and the Living Wage. The Board also benefit from Gregor's regulatory insight through his role as Chair of the Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Board and of Scotia Gas Networks; and his experience of operating wihin an evolving energy sector, including an understanding of the risks and opportunities which this can present, is highly valued. Prior to 1990 Gregor worked for Arthur Andersen.

Key appointments
Chairman of Scotia Gas Networks Ltd.
Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc.

Martin Pibworth - Wholesale Director


Committee membership

Member of the Energy Markets Risk Committee.


Martin joined SSE in 1998 as an energy trader and undertook a series of commercial roles in the Company, becoming Managing Director, Energy Portfolio Management, and a member of SSE's then Management Board, in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Managing Director, Wholesale, and a member of SSE's Group Executive Committee, taking on responsibility for SSE's electricity generation portfolio and associated capital investment programme. During this time, Martin has overseen the development of SSE's diverse and flexible generation portfolio including its growing renewable fleet. In 2017, he was appointed to the Board as Wholesale Director, where he also has responsibility for the supply of energy and related services to industrial and commercial customers and SSE's businesses in Ireland. Martin brings significant knowledge of energy markets and experience of commercial, technical and operational matters to the Board, and his innovative approach to strategy, in seeking opportunities to create future value, is also important to his role. Prior to 1998 Martin worked for Eastern Power and Energy Trading, and Total Gas Marketing.

Crawford Gillies - Senior Independent Director

Crawford joined the Board as Senior independent Director in August 2015.

Committee membership

Member of the Nomination, Audit, Remuneration, and Energy Markets Risk Committees.


Crawford has substantial international and cross-sector business experience which has been gained through a career of over 30 years. Through roles in both the private and public sector, including the areas of management consultancy, finance, risk, and trade and industry, he brings strong commercial and governance knowledge to the Board. This experience provides the Board and SSE's businesses with the benefit of extensive external insight and a breadth of outlook. Having served on the Board and Board Committees in a number of organisations, including in the position of Chair, Crawford has the oversight and understanding required of the Senior Independent Director and supports the Board and engages with SSE's stakeholders as required.

Key appointments
Senior Independent Director of Barclays plc.
Chairman of The Edrington Group Ltd.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - December 2018
Letter of appointment - June 2015

Dame Sue Bruce DBE - non-Executive Director

Sue joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in September 2013.

Committee membership
Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Member of the Nomination and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.

Sue’s extensive career in the public sector enhances the diversity of the Board; she held a variety of roles in local government in a career which spanned almost 40 years, including the position of Chief Executive at East Dumbartonshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, and latterly the City of Edinburgh Council. Her strategic and operational experience of leading organisations, with large numbers of employees, significant assets, construction projects and an important place in the community they serve, make her an excellent source of knowledge on these matters for the Board. Sue has also held a number of Board and Board Committee positions in organisations across the arts, education and charitable sectors.

Key appointments
Convenor of Court of the University of Strathclyde.
Trustee of the Prince's Foundation.
Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Court Member of The Merchant Company of Edinburgh.
Electoral Commissioner, The Electoral Commission.
Governor of Erskine Stewart Melville School.
Chair of Nominations Committee for National Trust Scotland.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - September 2016
Letter of appointment - July 2013

Peter Lynas - non-Executive Director

Peter joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in July 2014.

Committee membership
Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Peter has over 30 years of business experience spanning all areas of finance. As a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and through his current role as Finance Director at BAE Systems plc he brings recent and relevant financial experience to the Board. Peter was appointed BAE's Group Financial Director in 2011, prior to which he served as Director, Financial Control, Reporting and Treasury for a number of years. His early career involved roles within GEC Marconi, where in 1998 he was appointed Finance Director of Marconi Electronic Systems prior to the completion of the British Aerospace/Marconi merger. He also has been Chariman of the trustee Board of a major pension scheme.

Key appointments
Group Finance Director of BAE Systems plc.
Member of the BAE Systems Inc Board in the US.

Letters of appointment
Letter of reappointment - May 2017
Letter of appointment - April 2014

Helen Mahy CBE - non-Executive Director

Helen joined the Board as a non-executive director in march 2016.

Committee membership
Chair of the Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committee. Member of the Nomination and Audit Committees.

Helen’s depth of knowledge in relation to the energy sector brings a valuable external perspective to the Board. Through her previous role of Company Secretary and General Counsel at National Grid plc, she has a comprehensive understanding of the legal, compliance, governance and risk considerations relevant to SSE, and of the regulatory environment in which its businesses operate. She has significant public company board experience in a number of sectors in the UK and abroad, and brings a detailed knowledge of, and interest in, the areas of inclusion and diversity. Helen qualified as a Barrister and was an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Key appointments
Chairman of The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited.
Non-Executive Director of Bonheur ASA.
Chairman of MedicX Fund Limited.
Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - October 2015
Letter of Reappointment - February 2019

Tony Cocker - non-Executive Director

Tony joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in May 2018.

Committee membership
Chair of the Energy Markets Risk Committee. Member of the Nomination, Audit and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.

Tony possesses extensive knowledge of the sector gained through a 20 year career with E.ON. He brings wide-ranging experience to the Board, including insight into technical and operational matters, and a comprehensive understanding of commodity markets, energy trading and risk. Latterly, as CEO and Chairman of E.ON UK plc, which comprised E.ON’s main businesses in the UK, Tony oversaw the supply of energy to household customers, businesses and communities. This long-standing industry experience in combination with his current external appointments, enhances the Board’s knowledge of trends relevant to SSE’s operations and of utilities regulation. Tony has experience in strategic planning and development through early consultancy roles and has an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.

Key appointments
Chairman of Affinity Water Ltd.
Chairman of Infinis Energy Management Ltd.
Deputy Chairman and Governor of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - March 2018

Melanie Smith - non-Executive Director

Melanie joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in january 2019.

Committee membership
Member of the Nomination and Safety, Health and Environment Advisory Committees.


Melanie is the Strategy Director for Marks & Spencer’s and is responsible for group strategy, M&S Bank and M&S services. Prior to joining M&S, Melanie was the Global Strategy and Marketing Director at Bupa and the Chief Operating officer at Talktalk. Prior to that she was a partner in the McKinsey’s London Consumer practice specialising in commercial strategy, M&A and organisation, and she served retail and consumer clients on every continent.

She is a trustee at Beat (the UK’s largest eating disorder charity), and an advisory board member of Manaia (a maori performing arts company).

Melanie has an MBA from Kellogg, and LLb (hons) and BCom from Auckland University.

Letters of appointment
Letter of appointment - January 2019