Independent non-executive director, MA, FCMA
Appointment: April 2017. Chairman of the Audit Committee
Committee membership: Audit Committee, Nominations Committee, Sustainability Committee
Skills and experience: Simon, a British citizen, has significant global experience in the oil and gas industry, having spent over 30 years at Royal Dutch Shell plc, most notably as chief financial officer, a position that he held from 2009 to 2017. He was chief financial officer and executive vice president, Finance, Exploration & Production from 2004 to 2009, and prior to this he was head of Group Investor Relations from 2001 to 2004. 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): Non-executive director (and a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee) of Lloyds Banking Group plc since June 2014, Independent director of PetroChina Company Limited since June 2017, member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for European Reform and the Advisory Panel of CIMA, member of the UK Defence Board and Chair of the Defence Audit Committee from January 2018. Member of the Main Committee of the 100 Group of UK FTSE CFOs from 2009 to 2017, chair of the European Round Table CFO Taskforce from 2011 to 2017.