Commission on Living Standards

Resolution Foundation

Managing Director (British Gas)

Phil Bentley, 52, has been the Managing Director of British Gas since March 2007. Employing 28,000 people in the UK, British Gas is the Number 1 energy and services provider looking after half the homes in Britain. Previously, he was Group Finance Director and Managing Director, Europe of Centrica plc.

Phil joined Centrica in November 2000 from Diageo where he was Global Finance Director for Guinness-UDV.

Phil was previously at BP, where he spent 15 years in senior finance roles, 6 of which were spent in BP’s exploration businesses in China, the US and Egypt.

He holds a Masters Degree from Pembroke College, Oxford University and has an MBA from INSEAD in France. Phil is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Until March 2010 he was also a non-Executive Director, and Chairman of the Audit Committee, of Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement retailer.

He is married, with two teenage children and his interests include rugby, golf and horse-riding.