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Dr Anthony (Tony) Hayward

Dr Anthony (Tony) Hayward

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Public Sector, Private Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector

  • 17 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in mining, oil and gas, financial services, energy, steel, private equity
  • Experience as Group Treasurer, Compliance Committee Chair, Culture Committee Chair, Ethics Committee Chair, Governance Committee Chair, Investigations Committee Chair, Sponsorship Committee Chair, Compensation Committee member, Environment Committee member, Health and Safety Committee member, Nomination Committee member
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Current Positions

Tony is Chairman of Glencore plc, a position he has held since 2014, a Managing Partner of St James’s Asset Management LLP and Chairman of a number of private companies.

Industry Knowledge

Professional experience from a variety of positions at BP, Tony was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having joined BP in 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea. Following a series of roles overseas he joined the Exploration and Production Executive Committee in 1997. He became Group Treasurer in 2000, Chief Executive for BP’s Exploration &Production Business and a member of the Main Board of BP in 2003. 

In 2011 Tony founded Vallares plc, a $2.2bn acquisition company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Following the merger of Vallares plc and Genel Energy International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, he became Chief Executive of Genel Energy plc in November 2011 and subsequently Chairman (2015-2017). 

He was Senior Independent director of Corus from 2002-2007 and a member of the board of Tata Steel from 2007-2009. He was a member of the UK Business Council from 2008-2010 and the US Business Council between 2008 and 2013.

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Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin CBE

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Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver served as Non-Executive Chairman of BAE Systems, one of the world's largest defence contractors, from 2004 until 2014. Prior to BAE Systems he had a 30+ year career at BP in various senior leadership roles. Sir Richard is now an adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC as well as to HSBC Holdings plc. In the oil and gas industry, he is a Director of Sand Hill Petroleum SA. 

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Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Nokia, as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc and Chairman of Outokumpu Oyj, the global leader in stainless steel. Jorma is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alma Media Corp, Chairman of Miltton Oy and Chairman of Xinova LLC. He is also a Board member of TBG AG and of Tetra Laval International SA and an Advisory Partner of Perella Weinberg Partners LP.

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Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is currently Chairman of BT Group plc. He was previously Chairman of Rio Tinto, SABMiller, British American Tobacco and RHM; non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of Lloyds Banking Group and Senior Independent Director of the retailer Marks & Spencer.

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