Former energy minister and home secretary Amber Rudd is joining the board of Scottish Gas owner Centrica.
Ms Rudd, 58, is due to become a non-executive director at the energy firm on Monday (January 10).
The former Conservative MP will also become a member of the company’s safety, environment & sustainability and remuneration committees.
“As secretary of state for energy and climate change, Amber was the driving force in the UK’s participation in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the first legally binding global commitment to reduce national carbon emissions.
“She brings a wealth of real-world experience in energy, which will be invaluable as we face the challenge of delivering net-zero and helping our customers live more sustainably and affordably.
“In addition, through other roles she has held, including as home secretary and secretary of state for work and pensions and minister for women and equalities, she brings a wide range of expertise which will complement the skills and capabilities of the existing board and leadership team.”
Ms Rudd resigned as home secretary on April 29 2018 after misleading the home affairs select committee on deportation targets. Sajid Javid was appointed home secretary later the same day.
She was Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye before standing down from parliament in 2019 to become an energy and cyber security consultant.
As well as Mr Wheway, Centrica’s board includes chief executive Chris O’Sheay and senior independent director Stephen Hester, the former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
Other non-executive directors include former Poundland CEO Kevin O’Byrne and ex-Northumbrian Water CEO Heid Mottram.