Jon was, until March 2014, Head of Sustainability with Northern Powergrid (the electricity distribution company for the North East and Yorkshire) and before that Head of Government Relations since 2000. Jon’s role included regional and national stakeholder management on climate change and low carbon activities to assist the company in its understanding of the requirements of electricity generators and customers. He was a long-standing member of the CBI’s energy policy committee and the CBI’s northeast regional council. Earlier in his career, Jon spent 8 years with BNFL as Head of Government Relations, and almost twenty years with the civil service at a senior level, including in the Department of Energy, HM Treasury and the DTI. He has a first class degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in general relativity. He is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Newcastle and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.