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EDF appoints Sir Alex Chisholm as its UK Non-Executive Chairman

Posted June 11, 2024

EDF Energy appoints Sir Alex Chisholm KCB as its UK Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 15 July.

EDF is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, and supplies electricity and gas to millions of residential and business customers. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group.  

Sir Alex has over 20 years’ experience running organisations, ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to regulatory bodies and government departments. He left his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer for the UK Civil Service and Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office in April 2024. Prior to this he spent 13 years leading public sector bodies in the UK and Ireland.  Before his government roles he worked for 12 years in business, in the media, technology, ecommerce and retail sectors.

Simone Rossi, UK CEO EDF in the UK said: “EDF will be tackling some of the most significant opportunities and challenges associated with assuring Great Britain's future needs for a secure, low carbon, more electric economy. Sir Alex brings great private and public-sector leadership, governance and regulatory experience that can help steer the company’s efforts to help Britain achieve net zero.”

Sir Alex said: "I am excited to be joining Great Britain's leading provider of low carbon energy at a time of great change and opportunity in the energy sector.  EDF continues to invest in nuclear, wind, solar and battery infrastructure to offer customers secure, clean and affordable electricity. I look forward to getting to know all parts of the company, and to helping EDF serve the needs and priorities of the UK."

The planned role has been reviewed by HM Government’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. EDF and Alex Chisholm have confirmed their acceptance of the conditions set (www.gov.uk/Acoba). 

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About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission, electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity(1) and supplies millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from five nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and there are advanced plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with more than 1.5GW of renewable generation in operation and almost 14GW in planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity, selling energy back to the grid or installing a heat pump. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Dalkia, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 14,000 people at locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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