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Louise Kingham CBE

Louise Kingham CBE

SVP Europe and Head of Country, UK, bp plc

Louise leads bp in the UK and continental Europe integrating bp’s business activities. She represents bp in this region to all stakeholders and works to identify opportunities to deliver decarbonized energy solutions at scale. In doing so, Louise works with her network of 20 European heads of country to tell bp’s story, liaise with governments, build and grow key relationships and seek out partners to collaborate with on the journey to net zero.

Louise joined bp in 2021 from the Energy Institute (EI), where she was CEO for 22 years, working in the public interest at the intersection of the energy industry, policy and education. Here she led the development of global industry good practice, evidence-based energy policy and learning opportunities for people interested in energy careers.

She is passionate about creating inclusive cultures and the role that diversity and equity can play to provide a low carbon future for all. She chairs bp’s UK DE&I Council, accountable for working towards the company’s ambitions, serves as a member of the company’s global Women in Energy committee and is an active ally to bp communities and affinity groups. Externally, she is a founder member of the Powerful Women Energy Leaders Coalition, serves as an ambassador for 25x25 and chairs Business in the Community’s Climate Action Leadership Team.

Internally, Louise serves as a Chair and board member of a number of bp subsidiary companies across Europe and the UK and is also a board member of the bp UK Pension Fund.

Louise is also a non-executive director of VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc.

In 2022, she was appointed a Commander of the Order the British Empire (CBE) for services to the energy industry, having received and OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from University of Bath.