Dorothy Thompson was CEO of Drax Group plc from September 2005 up to December 2017. The group’s principal activities are renewable electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and production of compressed wood pellets for use in electricity and heat generation. She is also a non-executive director of Eaton Corporation plc.
Before joining Drax, Dorothy was Vice President of InterGen NV, an independent power company jointly owned by Shell and Bechtel. At InterGen, Dorothy was initially responsible for new business activities in the Middle East and Europe. Later she took on responsibility for the operational assets of InterGen’s European business, comprising 3.2GW of gas generation in the UK and continental Europe. Dorothy joined InterGen in 1998 from PowerGen plc, where she was Assistant Group Treasurer with specific responsibility for raising funding for PowerGen’s overseas power generation facilities. Dorothy started her career in development banking, working for the Commonwealth Development Corporation in the UK and Malaysia and the National Development Bank of Botswana in Botswana.
Dorothy has a BSc and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, London University. In 2013 she was appointed a Commander of the British Empire.