SSE Thermal is managed by an experienced and dedicated Executive Committee, supported by skilled employees, focused on developing, operating and owning energy infrastructure in a safe and sustainable way.
We are part of the SSE Group. Please visit our Group website to view the SSE Board and Group Executive Committee.
Catherine RawManaging Director +
Catherine RawManaging Director
Catherine Raw is Managing Director of SSE Thermal, focused on operating and decarbonising the company’s flexible generation and energy storage portfolio. Catherine joined SSE in April 2022, bringing significant operational and commercial expertise, having served as Chief Financial Officer and the North America region’s Chief Operating Officer for Barrick Gold Corporation, a global mining company headquartered in Toronto and listed on the Toronto and NY stock exchanges. Catherine holds a masters degree in natural sciences from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and an MSC from Imperial College, London.
Martin BeattieFinance Director +
Martin BeattieFinance Director
Martin Beattie is SSE Thermal’s Finance Director. Martin joined SSE in 2008 and has worked in a variety of finance roles across the company’s energy generation, trading and supply business units. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG.
Mark HaywardDirector of Operations +
Mark HaywardDirector of Operations
Mark Hayward is Director of Operations and Maintenance at SSE Thermal, responsible for the company’s operational portfolio, including delivery of business strategy and ensuring compliance with all safety, health, and environmental standards. Mark has extensive experience in the energy industry and has held a number of leadership roles, including Station Manager at Fiddler’s Ferry and Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Stations. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Ann GrayDirector of Commercial +
Ann GrayDirector of Commercial
Ann Gray is Director of Commercial at SSE Thermal, responsible for securing and maximising value from our Gas Storage assets and joint venture portfolios. Since graduating in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Ann has worked in the utilities sector for more than 30 years, including five years as a regulator in the water industry. In the energy industry, she has held roles in businesses focused on distribution, transmission, energy portfolio management, and now thermal energy.
John JohnsonDirector of Development +
John JohnsonDirector of Development
John Johnson is Director of Development at SSE Thermal, responsible for the company’s development ambitions and setting the strategic direction of the business. John was previously Head of Development for SSE in Ireland, with responsibility for both thermal and renewables projects. Prior to joining SSE, he worked internationally with Siemens. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin.
Hannah BronwinDirector of Business Development +
Hannah BronwinDirector of Business Development
Hannah Bronwin is Director of Business Development for SSE Thermal. Hannah has expertise in energy innovation, energy policy and structuring and executing complex energy infrastructure transactions. Before joining SSE Thermal, Hannah worked as Commercial Director at the Energy Systems Catapult, Deputy Director for new nuclear financing at BEIS, and spent ten years as a project finance lawyer at a top-tier global law firm.
Marc RuddDirector of Engineering and Asset Management +
Marc RuddDirector of Engineering and Asset Management
Marc Rudd is Director of Engineering and Asset Management at SSE Thermal. He was previously Station Manager at Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station, having working at the station in several management positions since 2000. Marc has over thirty years’ experience in maintenance, project, and asset management and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Project Management.
Charlie CryansDirector of Construction +
Charlie CryansDirector of Construction
Charlie Cryans is Director of Construction at SSE Thermal. He is responsible for ensuring all projects are consistently governed, executed, and delivered safely and on time. Charlie has over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry in areas including upstream oil and gas, power generation, energy-from-waste, carbon capture, and biomass. He is a qualified thermal, acoustics and cryogenic engineer. Prior to joining SSE, Charlie gained extensive experience working with companies including BP, Shell, Jacobs Engineering, G & H Montage, ABB, Rolls Royce, Andritz, DSL, and Interserve.
Mandy MackayDirector of Markets +
Mandy MackayDirector of Markets
Mandy Mackay is Director of Markets for SSE Thermal, leading on the optimisation and risk management of the business’ flexible generation portfolio. Mandy has around three decades of experience in the energy industry, beginning her career with the UK Atomic Energy Authority before moving to Scottish Hydro Electric in 1997, which a year later merged with Southern Electric to form SSE. Mandy has held a variety of positions at SSE, including working in energy trading and business development, as well as playing a key role in major transactions. Before taking on her current role, Mandy was Director of Risk and Assurance within SSE’s Energy Portfolio Management (EPM) unit.
Helen SandersHead of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability +
Helen SandersHead of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Helen is Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for SSE Thermal, responsible for policy, advocacy, communications, stakeholder management and sustainability strategy. Helen has previously led policy and stakeholder engagement activity for SSE’s generation and GB retail businesses. This has included work on SSE’s flagship renewables projects and leading engagement for SSE’s first-of-a-kind low-carbon thermal technologies, including hydrogen production, storage and power generation. Before joining SSE, Helen worked at E.ON and in local government.
Zahida ZakirHR Business Partner +
Zahida ZakirHR Business Partner
Zahida Zakir is SSE Thermal’s HR Business Partner, responsible for all people-related matters for employees. Zahida was previously HR Business Partner for the SSE Networks business. Prior to joining SSE, she gained experience working for Courtaulds, Reckitt Benckiser, Scottish and Newcastle, Scottish Power, and Peugeot Motors. Zahida is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds an MA in HR Management from the Warwick Business School.