Phil Bentley has been Managing Director of British Gas since March 2007 and on the main Board of Centrica since November 2000. Employing 28,000 people in the UK, British Gas is the Number 1 energy and services provider to British homes and businesses. Previously, he was Group Finance Director and Managing Director, Europe for Centrica.
Phil joined Centrica from Diageo where he was Global Finance Director for Guinness-UDV. Prior to that he was Group Treasurer and Director of Risk Management of Diageo plc. Prior to Diageo, Phil spent 15 years at BP in a number of senior roles, working in China, Egypt and the US.
He holds a Masters Degree from Pembroke College, Oxford University and has an MBA from INSEAD in France. When Group Finance Director, Phil was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
He served as a non-executive director, and Chairman of the Audit Committee, of Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement retailer between 2002 and 2010. Phil chairs the Audit Committee.