Steve Holliday

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Steve Holliday
Born Steven John Holliday
(1956-10-26) 26 October 1956 (age 59)
Exeter, England
Nationality British
Education Okehampton College
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Known for CEO, National Grid plc (2007-16)
Board member of Marks and Spencer
Spouse(s) Katharine R Patterson
Children 3

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]

Early life[edit]

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Holliday viewed the concept of baseload as "outdated", as microgrids would become the primary means of production, and large powerplants relegated to supply the remainder.[16]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 2004, Holliday joined the board of the Marks and Spencer Group as a non-executive director.[18]

Who's Who entry[edit]

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 life[edit]

Holliday married Katharine Patterson in 1996 in Enfield. They have three children, and live in West London.[19]


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