A message from John Pettigrew, CEO
Over the weekend, Mark Pickles, Director of EU Regulatory Affairs in Electricity System Operator (ESO) was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In recognition of his services to the electricity market, Mark was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019, published on Saturday 8 June, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.
For over five years, Mark has been working tirelessly across Europe to implement the very complex Intraday Trading Solution, which enables electricity trading ‘within day’. Trading closer to delivery time is beneficial for market participants and for the power systems alike, by reducing the need of reserves and associated costs. A successful go-live across 14 countries was achieved last year and was warmly appreciated by senior stakeholders.
The Birthday Honours List also highlights the efforts from a range of extraordinary individuals, who have worked to improve the social mobility of those from underprivileged backgrounds – whether through providing care, education or innovative business and employment support.
Mark is a worthy candidate in this field and has contributed a huge amount of personal passion and drive to help National Grid lead the way in our work on our social purpose; pioneering the ‘EmployAbility, Let’s Work Together’ programme.
This programme engages and welcomes young people with learning disabilities, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, into supported internships. It helps them achieve rewarding careers and often converts into paid employment at National Grid, with supply-chain partners or the local employment market. For most participants in the programme, it is their first opportunity to contribute to society and, as such, is the essence of the role National Grid plays to bring energy to life in our communities.
In 2015, Mark won the Volunteer of the Year Award in the Chairman’s Awards for the successful creation of the programme – which he co-founded in 2013 – and I am delighted to see his continued work in this area, now being recognised externally.
Please join me in congratulating Mark for this wonderful recognition. Mark will be invited to receive his official medal from the Queen later this summer.