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Our people

We have one of the most reliable electricity systems in the world and it's all down to our team of incredible people. Read their stories and find out more about how we're building an inclusive and collaborative culture here at National Grid ESO. 

As Great Britain’s electricity system operator, we move electricity around the country to where it’s needed, when it’s needed.

We have a vital role. Think about all the ways in which we use electricity, from charging our appliances, to powering our homes, schools and businesses - we keep Britain running.

It’s thanks to our team of amazing people that we have one of the most reliable electricity systems in the world.

We work with a whole range of experts, including engineers, academics and industry professionals so that we can safely deliver affordable and clean energy to customers.

As we build a greener electricity system of the future, one that can run on zero carbon by 2025, our people know they are shaping the future for generations to come.

Read their stories and find out what it's like to be part of the National Grid ESO family.

No. of employees 670

Nationalities 42

Tenure of employees 10.6 years

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Come and work with us

The UK has set out its ambition to be net zero by 2050 and the energy industry is responding – together we are building a cleaner, greener Britain.

We need people with passion and potential to help us win the race against climate change.

Wherever you are in your career, National Grid ESO is a great place to work.

You’ll be part of an organisation with a clear purpose, an inclusive and collaborative culture and you’ll have access to industry leading training and development.

National Grid ESO jobs

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Oliwia Milek, Energy Forecasting Manager

Oliwia leads the energy forecasting team which predicts electricity demand using historical demand data and real time weather information.

They consider the possible impact of storms – including floods and lightning strikes - so the system operator is on standby to take any mitigating action.

Oliwia has been recognised by the Polish Embassy for her contribution to society and enjoys being part of a diverse and talented team here at National Grid ESO.

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Julian Leslie, Head of Networks and Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO

Julian has worked at National Grid for 28 years in a number of senior leadership roles. 

He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Liverpool University, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. 

Having started planning and modelling the British power system in the 1990’s, Julian moved to the United States to create a new network planning function across three major mid US utilities. 

Following a period as ESO Head of National Control he is now Head of Networks, where he is responsible for a technical and economic assessment of possible future investments in the transmission system. 

He is also responsible for leading the ESO ambition to be able to operate the GB power system at zero carbon by 2025. 

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Mark Jones, Black Start Engineer

Mark is responsible for making sure that we can restart Great Britain’s electricity system from a total blackout.

It’s something which hasn’t happened before in the UK and would be highly unlikely, but it’s a possibly we have to be prepared for.

Mark‘s passionate about the job and the great work-life balance he has.

Flexible working patterns, such as early and late starts means he can pick his kids from school.

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Jay Ramachandran, Power Systems Engineer

Jay and his team manage system operational risk and performance and look at how our system responds to changes in the energy industry.

Jay gained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a masters in power systems engineering in India and moved to the UK to complete his PhD.

One of his proudest moments was when he led a project that focussed on connecting small scale renewable generation to the network.

It was the first study of its kind and saved consumers £26 million.

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Andrew Richards, Modelling and Insight Manager

One of the best things about working at National Grid ESO, is the wide range of projects that individuals get involved in.

Alongside his job as Modelling and Insight Manager, Andrew works on policies relating to space weather and how these extremely unusual occurrences could affect Great Britain’s electricity grid.

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Isabelle Haigh, National Grid ESO

Isabelle Haigh, Head of National Control

Isabelle, who holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, joined National Grid in 1991 and became the first female power system engineer in Birmingham Grid Control. Most recently she was Head of Plant Operations for Gas Transmission, where she was responsible for the pipelines, compressors and terminals that make up the National Gas Transmission system

Isabelle leads a programme of activities in the workplace to promote equality and diversity, including the development of a STEM pipeline for women who want to join National Grid.