Steve Holliday was appointed as the Defra Lead Non- Executive Director and Defra Board member from 1 February 2016.
Steve Holliday was until July 2016 Chief Executive of National Grid plc and a Non-Executive Director of Marks and Spencer plc from 2004 – 2014. He is also chairman of the board of trustees at Crisis, the homeless charity. Steve joined the National Grid Group as the Board Director responsible for the UK and Europe in March 2001, becoming Chief Executive for the group in 2007.
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 Vice Chair of Business in the Community and Vice Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Company. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and volunteers his time to lead a number of skills and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities.
Steve also chairs the Young Offender Programme, led by National Grid, which in 2011 marked 2000 offenders through the Programme.
Steve holds a BSc degree in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University and Honorary Doctorates from Nottingham University and Strathclyde University. His sporting interest include following the fortunes of the England Rugby team. He is married with three children and lives in West London.