Russ Houlden (56)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Responsibilities: To manage the group's financial affairs and to contribute to the management of the group's business.
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Appointment to the board: October 2010.
Committee membership: Treasury.
Skills and experience: Russ's skills and experience in accounting, treasury, tax, M&A and investor relations in other commercial and regulated companies, along with his extensive experience of driving performance improvement and managing large capital investment programmes, provides the group with valuable expertise with regard to its drive for improvements in customer service, business development, operations, capital investment and financing.
Career experience: Chief financial officer at Telecom New Zealand. Previously finance director of Lovells, BT Wholesale, BT Networks and Information Services, ICI Polyurethanes and ICI Japan.
Current directorships/business interests: Member of the supervisory board and chairman of the audit committee of Orange Polska SA, the largest listed telecommunications company in Poland. He is a member of the main committee and chairman of the financial reporting committee of the 100 Group. He is also chief financial officer of United Utilities Water Limited.
Dr Catherine Bell (64)
Independent non-executive director
Qualifications: MA Geography, PhD Economic History.
Appointment to the board: March 2007.
Committee membership: Nomination, audit, remuneration and corporate responsibility (chair).
Skills and experience: Catherine's civil service background and understanding of the operation of government departments and utility regulation are particularly valued given the regulated framework within which the business operates.
Career experience: Formerly a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority and prior to that a former civil servant and acting permanent secretary at the Department for Trade and Industry. Previously a non-executive director of Ensus Limited and Swiss Re GB Plc.
Current directorships/business interests: Non-executive director and executive board member of the Department of Health and a non-executive director of National Grid Gas plc and National Grid Electricity Transmission plc. She is also an independent non-executive director of United Utilities Water Limited.