National Grid plc operates and owns the National Grid a UK nationwide high-voltage electricity transmission network. Now a plc on the London Stock Exchange National Grid was once state owned and part of the Transco organisation. It had a market capitalisation of £22 billion in December 2011.


IT Leader: David Lister, CIO
In role since: 2009
Reporting line: Reports to CEO Steve Holliday
Board level seat: Sits on the executive committee
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 29,000
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: Pretty much everyone
IT staff currently employed: 1500
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: 60 per cent outsourced, 40 per cent in house
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: SAP, ClickSoftware, SYCLO, ESRI. All fully integrated as an overall ERP and work management system
Primary technology suppliers: Eco system of partners IBM, WIPRO, HP, Verizon, Xprox, CSC
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Delivering deployment systems across the UK and US as part of a distribution business
Technologies considered by the leader to offer their organisation potential: Any technologies which help colleagues in the field. Used mainly cloud, virtualisation, analytics
Future transformation and technology vision for the organisation:  Hugely dependent on technology as a company to achieve goals of reliability and safety. As the energy sector is changing rapidly need to adapt to meet the demand.