Phil Jones is President and Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid, which itself is part of the MidAmerican Energy Holdings group of companies, an international energy company with 6.9 million customers around the world. Northeorn Powergrid's principal activity is electricity distribution to 3.8 million customers throughout the North East and Yorkshire. Previously, as Director of Strategy & Investment in CE Electric, Phil had lead responsibility for asset-related investment policy and strategy, and operational responsibility for regulation and market operations. He is a chartered engineer who worked in a range of technical and managerial roles in Yorkshire Electricity from 1993 until its acquisition by MidAmerican in September 2001. Between 2000 and 2008 he was President of the Institute of Asset Management and he is currently President of the Energy Networks Association. For several years, he led an industry group advising Ofgem and the Government on engineering issues relating to distributed generation and its access to distribution networks.