The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has announced the appointment of Peter Mather to its board as a senior independent director.
Mr Mather left his previous position at BP at the end of last year, where he had served as UK head of country and regional president for Europe since 2010.
During his tenure he played a key role in driving the company’s strategic shift towards a net zero company, and he remains a non-executive chairman of the supermajor’s Europe supervisory board.
The NZTC said he had demonstrated “a passion” for transitioning the industry towards net zero during that time.
With nearly 40 years’ experience in the energy industry, Mr Mather holds an MA from Oxford University, an MBA from INSEAD and is an honorary Fellow of King’s College, London.
Now dedicating his time now to advisory and non-executive roles, he was also recently appointed as a non-executive director to the board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
In this role, Mr Mather will help oversee the department’s work on the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy, while prioritising efforts to boost the UK’s clean energy independence by increasing home-grown energy and renewables.
He also serves as chairman of the advisory board for a new UK-based venture capital fund, Two Magnolias, focussing on health and global sustainability.
In his new position with the NZTC, Mr Mather will work with CEO Colette Cohen and chairman Martin Gilbert to shape the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Centre as it looks to close the gap in affordable technologies that support net zero in an integrated energy future.
Commenting on his new position Mr Mather said: “I am delighted to be joining the NZTC board at this critical time for the industry and am looking forward to working further on the UK’s energy transition towards a lower carbon future.”
Ms Cohen added: “We’re delighted that Peter is joining and further strengthening our Board. His wealth of experience notably in leading transformation projects heavily focused on the energy transition aligns with the Centre’s mission and vision.
“As the transition gathers pace, we remain at the forefront, welcoming new board members who are charged with challenging and guiding us so we continue to deliver, diversify and grow.”