Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group
Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner is redefining the company’s future – building on its proud history with exciting ambitions for the business to be the cornerstone of a zero carbon economy.
Following an international career spanning the US, UK & Latin America, including Executive positions at JP Morgan, Easynet and CSR, Will joined Drax in 2015 as CFO, as it was completing the final stages of the largest decarbonisation project in Europe, following the conversion of the power station from coal to sustainable biomass.
Will is now leading Drax on another journey of transformation. Appointed as CEO in 2018, Will’s vision for Drax is firmly focussed on enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future, and spearheading the company’s world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.
Under his leadership, Drax is pioneering the development of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), putting Drax and the UK at the forefront of negative emissions technology to fight climate change.
Negative Emissions Technologies such as BECCS are essential to meeting the UK’s Net Zero targets and will create a sustainable future for the company, driving a post-Covid green recovery; delivering investment, clean growth and jobs across the North, whilst continuing to generate the renewable power relied on by millions of homes and businesses.
As a FTSE CEO, Will is particularly interested in the wider role of business in society, and the role of government in promoting a business and research-friendly environment.
As an American citizen, with a BA from Harvard and a Masters in International Relations & Economics from The John Hopkins University, Will has a keen interest in global affairs, free trade and supply chains, as well as UK-US relations and the UK’s political and economic role internationally.
In his free time, he is equally likely to be found at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium or the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.