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Steve Holliday chosen to be Energy Institute President from 2019


Former Chief Executive of National Grid Steve Holliday FREng FEI will be the next Energy Institute (EI) President taking over from current EI President Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI at the end of his term in July 2019.

Steve who has been a Vice President of the EI for 2 years was nominated as President Elect by the EI’s Council and appointed by EI members at their Annual General Meeting today.

Welcoming the news, Malcolm Brinded said:

“Steve’s experience, enthusiasm and profile across the energy industry make him a superb choice to lead the Energy Institute. The energy sector is transforming more rapidly than for a century - and is central to many global economic and environmental challenges. I know that Steve will ensure the Energy Institute continues to build our role in helping to address these issues.”

Steve Holliday said:

“Following in the footsteps of so many inspiring figures will be a huge privilege and Malcolm will certainly be a hard act to follow. But I’m excited at the agenda the EI is pursuing, equipping professionals and bringing their expertise to bear as the world’s economies rise to the big energy and climate change challenges ahead.”

Notes for editors

1.For more information contact Nick Turton at or 020 7467 7103


Steve Holliday is the former Chief Executive of National Grid plc. He is Chairman of Senvion, Deputy Chairman of Convatec and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Crisis, the homeless charity. He volunteers his time as Vice Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Vice Chairman of Business in the Community and now as President Elect of the Energy Institute.

Steve joined National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive of the company in January 2007, which he led for almost 10 years, until 2016.

Prior to joining National Grid, he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and was responsible for the successful development of its international businesses in Brazil, Australia and West Africa. Steve spent much of his early career with Exxon, where he held senior roles in refining, shipping and international gas.

Steve is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Energy Institute. From 2012 to 2014 he was also appointed as a National Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales.

Steve holds a BSc degree from Nottingham University and honorary doctorates from Nottingham and Strathclyde universities. His sporting interests include following the fortunes of the England Rugby team.

3.The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. Our ambition is that energy, and its critical role in our world, is better understood, managed and valued.

We’re a unique network with insight spanning the world of energy, from conventional oil and gas to the most innovative renewable and energy efficient technologies. We gather and share essential knowledge about energy, provide the skills that are helping us all use it more wisely, and develop the good practice needed to keep it safe and secure.

We articulate the voice of energy experts, taking the know-how of around 20,000 members and 250 companies from 120 countries to the heart of the public debate. And we’re an independent, not-for-profit, safe space for evidence-based collaboration, an honest broker between industry, academia and policy makers.

The EI is here for anyone who wants to better understand or contribute to the extraordinary energy system on which we all depend.