Steve Holliday

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Steven Holliday
Born Steven John Holliday
(1956-10-26) October 26, 1956 (age 58)
Exeter, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Known for CEO National Grid plc
Spouse(s) Katharine R Patterson
Children 3

Steven John Holliday FREng[1] (born 26 October 1956)[2] is a British businessman, currently chief executive officer of National Grid plc.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Exeter, he is the son of Michael J Holliday and Jean I Holliday (née Day)[4] and attended Okehampton College. He then studied at the University of Nottingham, and gained a BSc in Mining Engineering in 1978.[5] He was elected in 2010 as a Fellow[6] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[7]


Holliday joined Exxon in 1978, where he worked until 1997 and gained experience in all aspects of the oil industry. He was operations manager of the Fawley refinery by the time he was 30.[8]

In 1998, when British Borneo merged with Hardy Oil and Gas, he became its International Director.[9]

He joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001.[10] Following the merger between 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, he was promoted from Group Director (responsible for worldwide Transmission operations) to Group Director responsible for UK Gas Distribution and Business Services. He was also appointed Chief Executive of Transco.[12]

He has been chief executive of National Grid plc since January 2007.[13]

In 2009 his total compensation for the role of chief executive was £2.2 million, consisting of a £929,000 annual salary and a £1,277,000 bonus.[14]

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


In 2004 he joined the board of the Marks and Spencer Group as a non-executive director.[16]

Who's Who Entry[edit]

In 2009 he achieved an entry in Who's Who:-

"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, ski-ing, arts."

Personal life[edit]

Holliday married Katharine Patterson in 1996 in Enfield - they have three children and live in West London.[17]


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