Steve Holliday

Steven John Holliday FREng,[1] born 26 October 1956,[2] is a British businessman and engineer. He was the chief executive officer (CEO) of National Grid plc from 2007 to 2016.[3]

Steve Holliday
Steven John Holliday

(1956-10-26) 26 October 1956 (age 66)
Exeter, England
EducationOkehampton College
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham
Known forCEO, National Grid plc (2007–2016)
Board member ofMarks and Spencer
SpouseKatharine R Patterson

Early lifeEdit

Born in Exeter, Holliday is the son of Michael J. Holliday and Jean I. Holliday (née Day).[4] Holliday attended Okehampton College, then studied at the University of Nottingham, and gained a bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering in 1978.[5]

Holliday was elected in 2010, as a Fellow[6] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[7]


Holliday joined Exxon in 1978, where he worked for 19 years until 1997, gaining experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry. Holliday was made operations manager of the Fawley Refinery near Southampton in the UK when he was 30 years old.[8]

In 1998, when British Borneo merged with Hardy Oil and Gas, Holliday became the international director.[9]

Holliday joined the National Grid Group as the board director responsible for the UK and Europe, in March 2001.[10] Following the merger of National Grid Group plc and Lattice Group plc in October 2002, he took responsibility for the Group's electricity and gas transmission businesses.[11]

In 2003, Holliday was promoted from group director (responsible for Worldwide Transmission Operations) to group director responsible for the UK Gas Distribution and Business Services. Holliday was also appointed the chief executive of Transco.[12]

Holliday became chief executive officer (CEO) of National Grid plc in January 2007.[13]

In 2009, Holliday's total compensation for the role of CEO was £2.2 million, consisting of a £929,000 annual salary, and a £1,277,000 bonus.[14]

In 2013, Holliday was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde for his contributions to the power and energy sector.[15]

Holliday viewed the concept of baseload as "outdated", as microgrids would become the primary means of production, and large powerplants relegated to supply the remainder.[16]

In November 2015, National Grid announced that Holliday would step down as CEO in March 2016, and that John Pettigrew, the UK executive director who joined National Grid 25 years ago, would succeed Holliday.[17]

Holliday left National Grid in July 2016.

In March 2017, Greg Clark MP, the UK Secretary of State for Energy, established an independent Inquiry into the conduct of a 2012 decommissioning services procurement process undertaken by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the reasons why the contract subsequently awarded to Cavendish Fluor Partnership in 2014 "proved unsustainable". Holliday was asked to lead the Inquiry. Clark asked the Inquiry to take a ‘cradle to grave’ approach beginning with the NDA’s procurement and ending with the contract termination, to review the conduct of the NDA and of government departments and to "make any recommendations it sees fit".[18] Interim findings were published in October 2017.[19]


In 2004, Holliday joined the board of the Marks and Spencer Group as a non-executive director.[20]

Who's Who entryEdit

In 2009, Holliday achieved an entry in Who's Who, as follows:

"Chief Executive National Grid since 2007, b. Exeter 26th October 1956, son of Michael and Jean Holliday m. Kate Patterson; three d. Educ: University of Nottingham (BSc Mining Engineering 78). Esso/Exxon, 1978–1997; Ops. Manager, Fawley Refinery, Esso UK, 1988–92; Supply & Transportation Divl Dir, Esso UK 1992–94; Regl Vice-President, Gas, Exxon Co. International 1994–97; Bd Dir, British Borneo Oil & Gas, 1997–2000; National Grid Bd Dir responsible for Transmission, 2001–03; Gp Dir responsible for UK Gas Distribution and Business Services, 2003–07; Non-exec Dir Marks & Spencer, 2004-->; Recreations: sports, Rugby, skiing, arts."

Personal lifeEdit

Holliday married Katharine Patterson in 1996 in Enfield. They have three children, and live in West London.[21]


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  2. ^ "Article: 'I love the fact I have seven regulators' Steve Holliday, National Grid". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Steve Holliday Profile". Forbes. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Ancestry website". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Steve Holliday: The undersea secret that's bringing more power to the people". The Independent. London. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  6. ^ "List of Fellows".
  7. ^ "List of Fellows".
  8. ^ "Steven Holliday – Business Profile (The Telegraph)".
  9. ^ "People in Industry – World Oil Online".
  10. ^ "National Grid Appoints Board Director and UK Chief Executive".
  11. ^ "Business in the Community".
  12. ^ "National Grid: Group Board appointment and changes to Board responsibilities".
  13. ^ "Steve Holliday: The undersea secret that's bringing more power to the people". The Independent. London. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Steve Holliday Profile". Forbes. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
  15. ^ "University of Strathclyde: Honorary degrees for industry leaders".
  16. ^ Karel Beckman (11 September 2015). "Steve Holliday CEO National Grid: baseload is outdated". Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  17. ^ "National Grid chief to step down". The Guardian. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  18. ^ Nuclear Decommissioning Authority settlement, contract termination, and inquiry, published 27 March 2017, accessed 8 May 2018
  19. ^ Magnox Inquiry: interim findings, published 11 October 2017, accessed 8 May 2018
  20. ^ "Movers and shakers – Daily Telegraph".
  21. ^ "Business in the Community".

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