Who or What inspires you the most?

I find myself increasingly inspired by organizations more so than individual people, specifically those that are restless in their pursuit of finding a better way– embracing technology and finding new ways to do business and serve their customers.

What’s the last thing you searched on Google?

I tend to read more than use Google. But, as a passionate Welshman, I am also a passionate rugby supporter – I received an invitation to attend Wales vs. France and did some digging on the individual who invited me.

What is the one food you cannot resist?

Chocolate is my weakness.

What does leadership look like to you?

Great leaders create an environment or space for their team to succeed, and help facilitate success for others. It isn’t ever about themselves.

Coffee, Tea or…?


What do you still find surprising about New York City?

I’ve lived in the US for about 4 years, and I find that you never really get to know New York. It keeps revealing itself, and for that reason, it is one of (if not) my favorite cities in the world!


What is your favorite aspect about London?

As a resident of London, I’m partial to the Parks. Like New York, there is a constant hustle and bustle, but in the heart of the city, I can always find tranquility.


What’s something about you that we couldn’t find out from your LinkedIn profile or a Google search?

I am an identical twin.


Having filled the role of CEO in 2016, what challenges or opportunities have you faced in your position?

When I took up the role in April 2016, I would never have believed you if you had told me that in 2 years the world would be faced with such significant political changes as we’ve experienced within the UK and the US. These circumstances have presented real challenges and opportunities…


What’s been your greatest success, and what’s next for National Grid?

National Grid is seen at the heart of the transformation of the energy sector and we are a valued thought leader. I’m immensely proud to help lead the organization through a period of significant change in our industry. Demand for more sustainable energy and advances in technology are accelerating the pace of change. In a market where our customers are demanding greater value and getting more choice we must work closely with them to meet their needs and find better ways to deliver greater value. It’s certainly an exciting time for us, indeed!

”I’m immensely proud to help lead the organization through a period of significant change in our industry.”

John Pettigrew 

Chief Executive Officer