Russell O’Brien

Group Chief Financial Officer

Russell joined the Centrica plc Board on 1 March 2023 and is also on the Board of the majority-controlled subsidiary, Spirit Energy.

Russell Obrien

Board and Committee Memberships


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Relevant Skills and Experience:

Russell has broad experience from across the energy value chain having spent more than 25 years with Shell plc. He developed his financial management experience through work in various business models from Retail through to upstream development. Russell has extensive knowledge of controlling, capital markets, commercial finance and mergers and acquisitions activities.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining Centrica, Russell worked for Shell plc from 1995 to 2021. From 2006 to 2009 Russell was financial controller for Shell’s upstream operations in the Americas. Russell was then CFO for Shell’s global retail business from 2009 to 2013. Following this, he was CFO for Shell’s Integrated Gas division. In 2015 he was appointed group treasurer.

During his time as treasurer Russell was also a board member of Shell Trading and chairman of Shell Asset Management Co. Russell has lived and worked in the USA, Singapore, the Netherlands and the UK. He was a board and advisory council member of the FICC Market Standards Board from 2015 to 2021. Russell is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Russell studied Economics and Management and graduated from St. Andrews University in 1995.

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Responsible for providing strategic financial leadership of the Company and day-to-day management of the finance function.

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