Simon Henry, Rio Tinto board

Simon Henry

Independent Non-Executive Director



April 2017. Chair of the Audit Committee

Committee Membership

Audit Committee (chair), Nominations Committee

Skills & Experience

Simon, a British citizen, has significant global experience in the oil and gas industry, having spent more than 30 years at Royal Dutch Shell plc, most notably as Chief Financial Officer, a position that he held from 2009–17. He was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Exploration & Production from 2004–09, and prior to this he was head of Group Investor Relations from 2001–04.

Simon brings extensive financial expertise to the board and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has a BA in Mathematics and an MA from the University of Cambridge.

External Appointments (current and recent)

Senior Independent Director of Harbour Energy plc since April 2021. Adviser to the Board of Oxford Flow Ltd. Member of the Board of the Audit Committee Chairs’ Independent Forum. Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform and Advisory Panel of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and trustee of the Cambridge China Development Trust.

Non-executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group from 2014 to 2020. Non-executive Director of the UK Ministry of Defence from 2018 to April 2022. Independent Director, Petrochina from June 2017 to June 2022.