Grant Dawson

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Centrica

Grant Dawson has been Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Centrica plc since the demerger of British Gas plc on 17 February 1997.

Grant has overall responsibility for Legal, Regulatory, Ethics & Compliance and Secretariat activities across the Group and the day to day operating of the main board.  Grant is a member of the Centrica plc Executive Committee.

Grant is also Chairman of Centrica Storage Limited, the subsidiary which owns/operates the on-shore Easington Terminal and off-shore Rough platform, the largest UK gas storage facility.

In addition, Grant is the Vice Chairman of the GC100 (the association of FTSE100 General Counsel). He also sits on the The European General Counsel Association Committee along with The Corporate Governance Council Committee.

Alison Kay

General Counsel and Company Secretary, National Grid

Alison was appointed Group General Counsel & Company Secretary for
National Grid plc in January 2013. As such, she will be responsible for
shaping the Group legal function within National Grid and providing
Company secretariat support to the Boards and Committees of National

Formerly, Alison was Commercial Director, Transmission at National
Grid for 4½ years working with the gas and electricity industries in the
UK and Europe to influence the legal and regulatory regimes in which
National Grid operates, to deliver improved efficiency and reliability,
whilst facilitating security of supply for Britain.

Prior to this Alison was General Counsel and Company Secretary for
National Grid Electricity Transmission plc and National Grid Gas plc
until February 2008.

Alison qualified with corporate solicitors, Martineau Johnson and spent
8 years in private practice before joining National Grid Company plc in

She has extensive external industry exposure including a number of
positions on European and UK Committees. From 2006 to 2011 she was
Chair of the Electricity Pension Scheme from and Chaired Enabling,
National Grid’s Disability Network.

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Vodafone

Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner with Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). She is an independent non-executive director of EY and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel and. She is also an advisory board member of the Oxford Internet Institute. She was a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) until April 2016.

Matthew Newman

Asst. General Counsel, Labour, Disputes & Legal Operations, Royal Mail Group

Matt is Assistant General Counsel at Royal Mail with responsibility for the dispute resolution, employment & incentives, health & safety and PI, and legal operations teams. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Matt was the group head of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s employment team and trained as a solicitor at Linklaters.

Evelyn Styles

General Counsel – UK & Ireland, HAYS PLC

Evelyn Styles joined Hays in June 2005.  She is currently responsible for managing the UK and Ireland legal team to ensure it delivers a highly efficient and commercial legal service to the business. Prior to joining Hays Evelyn had extensive experience in advising companies on corporate, commercial and employment law matters within niche private practice law firms as well as an in-house lawyer.