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Centrica plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Jo Harlow and Sue Whalley as Non-Executive Directors of the Company with effect from 1 December 2023, whereupon Jo and Sue will also become members of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee. 

Scott Wheway, Chair of Centrica, said: “I look forward to welcoming Jo and Sue to the Board as Non-Executive Directors.  Jo will bring extensive knowledge on the use of technology and data to enhance product development and drive growth in consumer businesses.  Sue brings a blend of experience in people and cultural transformation, and strategic, technological, and operational evolution in large, complex organisations. Their valuable experience will be of great benefit to Centrica.


  1. This announcement is made pursuant to LR 9.6.11R of the Listing Rules. 

  2. In accordance with the obligations under LR 9.6.13R(1) of the Listing Rules, Jo Harlow currently holds the following non-executive directorships in quoted companies:

    • J Sainsbury plc
    • Halma plc
    • InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

    Jo was previously a non-executive director of Ceconomy AG (Deutsche Börse) from 2017 to 2021.

  3. There is no further information to be disclosed in respect of Jo Harlow or Sue Whalley pursuant to LR 9.6.13R (1) to (6) inclusive of the Listing Rules.

  4. At the date of this announcement, Jo Harlow has no beneficial interest in ordinary shares of Centrica plc. At the date of this announcement, Sue Whalley and persons closely associated with Sue have a beneficial interest in 13,868 ordinary shares of Centrica plc.

Notes to Editors:

Jo Harlow has more than 25 years’ experience working in various senior roles, predominantly in the branded and technology sectors. Prior to her non-executive career, Jo held the position of Corporate Vice President of the Phones Business Unit at Microsoft. She previously spent 11 years at Nokia Corporation in a number of senior management roles, including Executive Vice President of Smart Devices. Jo currently serves as Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at InterContinental Hotels Group PLC and J Sainsbury plc, and as Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at Halma plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Chapter Zero Limited. Jo will be retiring from the Board of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC on 31 December 2023. Jo was also previously a Non-Executive Director of Ceconomy AG from 2017 to 2021. She attended Duke University in North Carolina and has a BSc in Psychology.

Sue Whalley is Chief People and Performance Officer at Associated British Foods plc (ABF), having been appointed to the role in 2019. Prior to joining ABF, Sue spent 12 years at Royal Mail Group, where she held a number of executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Post & Parcels division and Chief Operations Officer. Prior to that, Sue was a Partner at McKinsey & Company where she spent nearly 18 years in management consultancy. Sue is a graduate of University of Cambridge and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.