Peter Mather

Group Regional Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP
* DATE: Thursday 21st May, 2pm
* AGE GROUP: KS4 & 5/ S4 – 6

Carbon emissions need to fall fast to meet the Paris climate goals. At the same time, the global population continues to grow – and demand more energy. By 2040, another 2 billion people are expected to be in the world, while energy demand is projected to rise by around a third, equivalent to adding another new China and EU’s worth of energy demand on top of what’s required today. How can we tackle this dual challenge?

Peter Mather

Peter’s early career in BP included oil trading, refining and shipping, in London, New York, Paris and Brussels. He then held senior strategic planning roles, initially in BP’s upstream Global Gas group, and then in the Corporate Centre. On moving back into Refining and Marketing he worked on the establishment and implementation of the BP/Mobil JV, led the European Supply and Distribution activity and sat on the Management Board of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands.

He was then appointed to run the supply, trading and marketing business for BP’s new North Europe Gas Business and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of the UK Gas and Power activities and sat on the Board of the UK Interconnector pipeline and the Great Yarmouth power station.

Peter’s current role has overall responsibility for the governance, reputation, co-ordination and integration of all BP’s activities across Europe. He is Chairman of BP Oil UK, BP Lubricants UK, and BP Norway, and sits on the boards of BP Europa SE, BP Spain, BP France, BP Italy and various other internal boards. Peter is Vice President of Europia, and a Board member of Concawe, a Council Member of the Energy Institute and ICC UK.

He is also an Honorary Director of the Royal Opera House, a Trustee of Dartington Hall and a Trustee of the BP Pension Fund. Peter has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD. He is married with three children, and his outside interests cover the arts and most sports, from tennis to triathlons.