Born in Market Bosworth in 1951, Paul Golby was educated at Hinckley Grammar School and at Aston University, where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He went on to gain a PhD, again at Aston, as a result of research into offshore oil structures whilst training as a graduate engineer with Dunlop.
Following a series of management appointments with Dunlop and BTR, he joined the Board of the ‘mini conglomerate’ Clayhithe plc in 1992. Joining East Midlands Electricity in 1998, he became Chief Executive of E.ON UK (formerly PowerGen) in 2002. He built the business through a series of major acquisitions to become one of the UK’s leading energy companies.
He retired from E.ON December 2011.
Paul was appointed Non-Executive Director of National Grid plc in February 2012.
Paul became Chairman of Engineering UK in September 2010, an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society.
He was appointed as a Member of the Prime Ministers Council for Science and Technology in June 2011. He is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of Aston University.
He is a Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Board of Trustees of the UK Green Building Council.
He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Energy Institute.
He was awarded an honorary degree from Aston University in 2007 and Cranfield University in 2008.