UWE Bristol hosts Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK BP

Issue date: 02 February 2015

Part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series and Bristol European Green Capital events in 2015

Date: 11 February 2015

Venue: 2D67 (Glendinning Lecture Theatre), Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol

Time: 18:00

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Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK BP, is the latest speaker to address the business community at the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS).

In his talk - 'Energy: A Challenging Future' - Peter will address the long-term context for the energy industry and then look more specifically at what this long-term view means for Europe and the UK's energy challenges.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS) is one of the highlights of the University calendar and is a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership, directly from the leaders of organisations driving UK business performance. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA,Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post,Business West, CBI,CMI,FSB,ICAEW, IoD, and the West of England LEP.

About 'Energy: A Challenging Future'

“The global energy arena is very different today from a year ago. The current turbulence in the oil markets is not new, but it is having a profound effect on our industry today. Although we expect demand growth to slow, we will still need an additional 40% of energy by 2035 - which is the equivalent of adding the consumption of another US and another China put together. If we are to meet that demand – securely, affordably and sustainably – we need to consider this shorter term volatility in the context of addressing the longer term fundamentals.”

Following the talk there will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

Peter was appointed the BP Group Regional Vice President for Europe in April 2010. Before this he was Head of Country, UK and Vice President Europe Region. Peter has kept his UK roles as part of his expanded European brief.

Peter's early career in BP included oil trading, refining and shipping, in London, New York, Paris and Brussels. He then held senior strategic planning roles, initially in BP's upstream Global Gas group, and then in the Corporate Centre. On moving back into Refining and Marketing he worked on the establishment and implementation of the BP/Mobil JV, led the European Supply and Distribution activity and sat on the Management Board of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands managing BP's shareholding. He was then appointed to run the supply, trading and marketing business for BP's new North Europe Gas Business and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of the UK Gas and Power activities and sat on the Board of the UK Interconnector pipeline and the Great Yarmouth power station.

Peter's current role has overall responsibility for the governance, reputation, co-ordination and integration of all BP's activities across Europe. He is Chairman of BP Oil UK, BP Lubricants UK, BP Norway, and is the Chairman of the BP Europe Supervisory Board. He also sits on the Boards of BP France, BP Italy and various other internal boards.

Peter is Vice President of Europia/Concawe and a Council Member of ICC UK. He is also an Honorary Director of the Royal Opera House, a Trustee of Dartington Hall and a Trustee of the BP Pension Fund. He sits on the Business in the Community Leadership Teams for Education and Arts & Business and is a member of the British Museum Chairman's Advisory Group.

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community. Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures

Full details of forthcoming BDAS talks are here.

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