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Sam Laidlaw

Executive Chairman

Neptune Energy

London, UK

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Sam Laidlaw’s Biography

Sam Laidlaw has significant international experience in the oil and gas industry.

Sam is a Founder and Executive Chairman of Neptune Energy Group, an international oil and gas exploration and production company set up in 2015, and financed by private equity.

Previously, Sam was CEO of Centrica Plc, Britain’s largest energy provider, where he re-organised the company to increase efficiency and competitiveness. Other previous roles include Executive Vice President of Chevron Corporation; Non-Executive Director of Hanson PLC; Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Oil plc; and President and Chief Operating Officer of Amerada Hess Corporation.

A qualified solicitor with an MBA from INSEAD, Sam currently holds a number of Non-Executive roles including Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings and RioTinto. He is also the Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the UK Council for INSEAD.

Sam has been a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group and a Senior Director of the UK Department of Transport.

Sam Laidlaw’s Newsfeed

The Telegraph
A renewables push will not keep us warm this winter

Executive Chairman of Neptune Energy, Sam Laidlaw, wrote an opnion piece in The Daily Telgraph.

Neptune Energy urges Britain to adjust rules to allow more gas production

Neptune Energy's Executive Chairman, Sam Laidlaw, has written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng requesting a change in regulation to allow it to produce more gas from its North Sea field.


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Sam Laidlaw’s Background

Neptune Energy
Executive Chairman
Jun 2015 - Present
London, UK
An independent oil & gas exploration and production company launched in June 2015. The Group seeks to identify large-scale investment opportunities in the North Sea, North Africa and SE Asia leveraging its strong relationship network and the current energy market dynamics. Neptune is backed by funds advised by two global alternative investment managers, The Carlyle Group and CVC Capital Partners.
Centrica plc
CEO and Chairman of the Executive and Disclosure Committees
2006 - 2014
London, UK
Centrica is the parent company of British Gas in the UK and Direct Energy in North America, serving over 27 million customers in these core markets.
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Current Board Positions

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Chair of the Global Leadership Council
Oxford, UK
Established in 1996, Saïd Business School at Oxford University is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. As Chair of the Global Leadership Council, Sam and other leaders from business and government provide advice and oversee the work of the school, approving major strategic decisions.
National Centre for Universities and Business
Jun 2015 - Present
London, UK
The National Centre for Universities and Business supports, develops and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK.
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Previous Board Positions

UK Department for Transport
Lead Non-Executive Board Member
Dec 2010 - Dec 2014
London, UK
The Department for Transport (DfT) is the governmental department responsible for the transport network within the UK.
Hanson Plc
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2000 - Aug 2007
London, UK
Hanson Plc is a British-based company that produces aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, cement and cement related materials.

Previous Advisory Roles

UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group
2010 - 2012
London, UK


Jul 2013 - Present
London, UK
A medical charity for burns and reconstructive surgery.


Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
2001 - Present
London, UK
The Royal Society of Arts is a charity that encourages the release of human potential to address the challenges that society faces

Sam Laidlaw’s Education

Robert Gordon University
Doctor of Business Administration
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