Director of Technology, Engineering & Centrica Innovations
Charles was appointed Director of Technology & Engineering on 1 January 2016 and Chairman of Centrica Innovations on 1 May 2017.
Skills and experience:
Charles has extensive technology and engineering experience including research and development, intellectual property management, process technology development and deployment, as well as technical service expertise in refining, petrochemicals, conversion technology, lubricants and fuels. He has also held corporate roles in marketing, planning and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Centrica he was head of technology, downstream at BP plc and was a member of the downstream executive team. Prior to his time at BP, Charles spent 23 years with the French Institute of Petroleum and their catalyst, technology licensing and engineering service business, Axens. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University, Indiana, was a post-doctoral associate of Queen’s University, Canada and a National Science Foundation exchange scientist with France’s CNRS.