Nicola Shaw CBE

Executive Director at National Grid

As National Grid’s UK Executive Director, Nicola is positioned firmly at the heart of meeting the energy challenges of the future. She joined National Grid in July 2016 after holding the CEO role at HS1 for five years. Nicola has an extremely strong leadership track record, having held very senior positions in a number of regulatory, commercial and operational roles including at the Strategic Rail Authority, the Office of the Rail Regulator and at FirstGroup PLC. She has also previously worked at Halcrow, the World Bank and London Transport.

She is highly regarded in the UK transport industry and in July 2015 was asked to report to the UK Government on the future structure and financing of Network Rail. The subsequently named Shaw report was published in March 2016.

Nicola holds a BA in Modern History and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Transport from MIT. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2015.