National Grid ESO hires its first-ever Chief Engineer


NATIONAL Grid ESO has named their very first Chief Engineer to lead a team responsible for keeping Britain’s lights on.

This role makes sure there is significant focus on engineering at a senior level, providing appropriate input into the ESO Executive Committee.

A spokesperson for National Grid ESO commented on the news: “Creating a Chief Engineer role helps us to celebrate our current engineering talent, while strengthening our efforts to attract new engineers to National Grid ESO at one of the most exciting times to be in the energy industry.”

As Head of National Control, Ms Quinn is responsible for the ESO’s Electricity National Control Centre, which balances supply and demand for electricity in Great Britain second by second.

She oversees teams that use a variety of tools to forecast demand for electricity and ensure a safe and secure system – delivering one of the most reliable networks in the world.

Ms Quinn, who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, is one of six female leaders in in the ESO’s leadership team of nine.

She joined National Grid as a graduate in 2004, and has held a variety of roles including Head of Energy Strategy and Policy at the ESO.

Outside of National Grid ESO she is vice chair of the board of Renewables UK and on the Advisory Board to the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London.

Ms Quinn commented on her new role: “It’s an exciting time to be an engineer in the energy sector, with new, renewable sources of power connecting to the system.

“It requires us to come up with new ways of working to deliver cleaner energy and that’s what engineering is all about – finding innovative solutions to help us do things better, solve problems and turn ideas into reality.

“National Grid ESO is built on a foundation of engineering excellence and I’m incredibly proud to have been appointed Chief Engineer.

“We have a variety of different engineers, in a variety of different roles, all working to balance supply and demand second by second and deliver safe, secure and reliable electricity.

“I hope my appointment spotlights the fantastic work they do as well as encouraging the next generation of young engineers to join us and help shape the future of electricity in Great Britain.”