Sam Laidlaw

Independent Non-Executive Director MA, MBA

Sam Laidlaw, Rio Tinto board
Sam Laidlaw


February 2017; Senior Independent Director (May 2019)

Committee membership

People & Remuneration Committee (Chair), Nominations Committee, Sustainability Committee

Skills and experience

Sam has more than 40 years’ experience of long-cycle, capital-intensive industries in which safety, the low-carbon transition, and stakeholder management are critical. Sam has held a number of senior roles in the energy industry, including as CEO of both Enterprise Oil plc and Centrica plc. He was also a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Current external appointments

Chair of Neptune Energy Group Holdings Ltd, Chair of the National Centre of Universities & Business and Board member of Oxford Saïd Business School.