John Wybrew OBE
John Wybrew graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge, with an Honours Degree in engineering and began his career with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in 1964 where, until 1996, he held a variety of posts both in the UK and overseas.
These included positions as Head of Special Projects for Shell UK Exploration and Production, Southern Operations Manager with responsibility for operations in the North Sea, Deputy Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company, and Head of Economic and Sector Planning for Exploration and Production in The Hague. In 1989 John was appointed a Board member of Shell UK as Planning and Public Affairs Director before becoming Corporate Affairs Director with added responsibility for personnel policy in 1995.
During his career at Shell, John was seconded from 1984-88 to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit where he served as Mrs Thatcher’s adviser on energy and transport policies. He was also appointed as Executive Director of the Management Charter Initiative Working Party in 1987 led by Sir Bob Reid, then Chairman of Shell UK.
In 1996 John joined the Board of the then British Gas plc as Executive Director, Corporate Affairs. Following the demerger of British Gas in February 1997, he became Executive Director of BG plc (later renamed BG Group plc) with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, the Health, Safety and Environment Forum, Knowledge Sharing and the development of the company’s Intranet. Following the demerger of the Lattice Group from BG Group in October 2000, John became a member of the Board of Lattice Group plc with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Regulation and Health, Safety and Environment. He retired from Lattice Group in 2004.
Since 2004, John has undertaken a number of roles. He has been Chairman of a Government-backed Sector Skills Council, for which he was appointed OBE. He also served for 8 years as a non-executive director on the board of the UK energy regulator, Ofgem. He is Chairman of the Gas Industry Emergency Committee set up in partnership with the UK Government for crisis planning and preparation. He is a member of the CBI Europe Committee and an officer of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies. From 2004-07, he chaired the British Energy Association, the UK Member of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman of Cresatech Ltd, an innovative monitoring technology company.