Rhian Kelly

UK Corporate Affairs Director, National Grid

Biography

Rhian is UK Corporate Affairs Director for National Grid, leading on employee engagement, media and campaigns, community investment activities as well as overseeing senior relationships across Whitehall and Westminster on strategic issues like Brexit, transport and heat decarbonisation and offshore wind. Prior to joining National Grid, she was the Director of Infrastructure at the CBI, spearheading the CBI’s campaigns to boost investment in infrastructure, the low-carbon economy and construction. Rhian joined the CBI in 2006, and helped to deliver the CBI’s ground breaking report on climate change in 2007, which helped shift the perception of the role business can play in the low-carbon economy. After this she set up and lead the CBI’s the climate change team before becoming Director of Infrastructure. Before working for CBI, she spent 5 years in Beijing where she worked for the European Union Chamber of Commerce providing a bridge between European Business and the Chinese government and a year working in Taiwan. She studied politics, social and economic history at Edinburgh University.