Kate Hearns is Director, NE Gas Finance at National Grid where she is responsible for strategic and business planning, decision support, and reporting and analysis for the NE Gas business. Prior to her current role, Kate held various finance and strategy and performance roles in National Grid, Publishing and Retail industries. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cardiff University, UK, and is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant. Kate serves as a Managing Board member for the NSCC, and a member of the finance committee. She also serves on the ARC, MA North East Chapter as Co-Chair.