Lord Simon of Highbury

Lord Simon of Highbury CBE

Lord Simon of Highbury started his career with British Petroleum and joined the BP Group Main Board in 1985 where he was Managing Director Finance and COO. He became Group Chief Executive in 1992 and was appointed Chairman in 1995.

In 1997, Lord Simon was appointed Minister of State in H.M. Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe. He retired from ministerial office and the Lords Front Bench in 1999 to become Advisor to the Cabinet Office.

He was appointed by President Prodi to be one of the three-man team advising on the impact of enlargement of the European Union.

Board Mandates

Lord Simon is an Advisory Board Member of Dana Gas, Montrose Associates and MWM.

He stepped down as Non-Executive Director of Engie in May 2016.

Lord Simon is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Government in the UK. 

He also sits on the Council for the Centre for European Reform in London and the Board of CEPS in Brussels.

Previously, Lord Simon was Deputy Chairman of Unilever from 2006-2009, having joined their board in 2000. He has been Vice President of the European Round Table of Industrialists and a member of the CBI President's Committee. He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England, RTZ (later renamed to Rio Tinto) and Grand Metropolitan. He was previously a member of the Kuratorium of the Hertie Foundation in Frankfurt. 

Lord Simon has been a member of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Fortis and LEK and a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen. He was also a Trustee and Chairman of the Cambridge University Foundation and then Deputy Chairman of the University Council.


Lord Simon was appointed CBE in 1991, KBE in 1995 and entered the House of Lords in 1997.

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