Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has partnered with Governors for Schools to help increase the number of skilled school governors across the region and improve education for children.

As part of the partnership the electricity distributor is encouraging its employees to support the local communities they already help power by volunteering their time and skills on school boards. The education charity will support the volunteers by providing training and guidance so they can make a positive impact as a governor right from the start.

Siobhan Barton, Northern Powergrid’s head of stakeholder relations, said: “We have an important role to play powering everyday life for people across our region, but we know that being a force for good goes beyond our network. It means making a positive contribution to the communities that we work and live in. Our partnership with Governors for schools will allow Team Powergrid to take the expertise they already have and learn new skills that will help school children across the region achieve their full potential.”

Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools, said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with Northern Powergrid to encourage those with the skills schools need to join boards and see the difference they can make. Northern Powergrid employees are well-equipped to lend this support while having the opportunity to develop professionally through volunteering in the role. We look forward to working with them to get more governors on boards, and supporting those who take on this important role.”

Northern Powergrid has made a strong commitment to being a force for the good by delivering positive impacts in the communities it serves. Find out more about how the company is increasing spending on social initiatives during its next business plan period (2023-2028) and have your say on it plans by visiting



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Notes to editor:

  • Northern Powergrid is the electricity distribution business for North East England, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. The company delivers power safely and reliably to 8 million customers across 3.9 million homes and businesses.
  • 105 is the free number people in England, Scotland and Wales can call to report or get information about power cuts in their area or report damage to electricity power lines and substations. Funded by electricity distributors, including Northern Powergrid, it routes people to their local network operator. The service was launched in September 2016.
  • Northern Powergrid’s network consists of more than 63,000 substations and 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables, spanning some 9,650 square miles.