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National Grid is one of the the world’s largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly. National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world.

Steve Lucas served as Group Financial Director from 2002 until his retirement in 2010. Since then he has held several non-executive director positions including: Tullow Oil plc, Essar Energy plc, Compass Group plc. He is a member of the Energy Boardroom at the World Economic Forum.

CHALLENGE

The demands of analysts and investors to have company results and financial trends communicated effectively have to be met – authoritatively and consistently. Steve wanted to improve his results presentations to ensure that he was trusted and respected by the stakeholders at National Grid.

Once the generic work was completed, Steve Lucas’s presentations were always of the highest order and instilled investor confidence in his abilities.

Steve returned every six months to rehearse his interim and final results presentations – a policy he continued for eight years until the end of 2010 when he retired from National Grid.

“Even after 5 years I was still learning. I would highly recommend the process to any rising Finance Directors.”

Steve Lucas, National Grid, Group Financial Director
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” Stepping up from a fairly narrow role to on which had me representing the whole company to the outside world was a big ask. What I needed was to rapidly feel comfortable communicating the company’s financial and operational performance to a range of sometimes very challenging audiences.”

“It’s hard to overestimate the confidence such regular rehearsals with high calibre external coaches gives you.”

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Steve Lucas, National Grid, Group Financial Director
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“Getting the right messages over is critical to ensuring investor confidence. Aziz Corporate’s approach meant every aspect of my presentation style was addressed.”

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