View all results

  1. Home
  2. Who we are
  3. Board and executive team
  4. The board
  5. Brian Gilvary

Brian Gilvary

Brian Gilvary - Chief financial officer

Chief financial officer


Appointed 1 January 2012
Brian will retire on 30 June 2020


Outside interests:

Non-executive director and member of the audit committee of Air Liquide SA
Non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Royal Navy Board
Senior independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of The Francis Crick Institute
Chairman of The Hundred Group of Financial directors (The 100 Group)
Member of Trilateral Commission
Visiting professor at Manchester University
Great Britain Age Group Triathlete
Fellow of Energy Institute
Member upReach Development Advisory Board
Non-executive director of Barclays plc








Brian Gilvary was appointed chief financial officer on 1 January 2012. The role includes responsibility for finance, tax, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, audit, global business services, information technology and procurement. He also has accountability for both integrated supply and trading, and the shipping division responsible for BP's tanker fleet.
Brian joined BP in 1986 after obtaining a PhD in mathematics from the University of Manchester. Following a broad range of roles in upstream, downstream and trading in Europe and the US, he became downstream's commercial director from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he was chief executive of the integrated supply and trading function, BP's commodity trading arm. In 2010 he was appointed deputy group chief financial officer with responsibility for the finance function.
He was a director of TNK-BP over two periods, from 2003 to 2005 and from 2010 until the sale of the business and BP's acquisition of Rosneft equity in 2013. He served on the HM Treasury Financial Management Review Board from 2014 to 2017.


Relevant skills and experience

Brian’s broad experience of working across the group has provided him with deep insight into BP’s assets and businesses. He has been key during BP’s strategy implementation to transform into a ‘value over volume’ business where trading is a key creator of value. His deep understanding of finance and trading has been vital in adjusting capital structures and operational costs while ensuring the group continues to be capable of meeting new opportunities. Brian played a major role in overseeing financial aspects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and leading settlement negotiations to resolve outstanding federal and state claims. He also played a lead role in the negotiations around the exit of TNK-BP and investment into Rosneft and led the 2018 acquisition of the BHP onshore Lower 48 assets.

Read Brian Gilvary's recent speeches

  • 27 May 2020 2020 Annual General Meeting: chief executive officer
    Bernard Looney, chief executive officer, bp 2020 AGM, 1 St. James’s Square, London. 27 May 2020. Speaking at his first AGM as chief executive, Bernard Looney talked about the decisive action bp is taking in response to the covid-19 pandemic and the support it is providing to communities. He also spoke about how bp is maintaining momentum behind its plans for reimagining energy and reinventing bp.
  • 19 July 2019 How business is advancing the energy transition
    Brian Gilvary, BP chief financial officer, International Student Energy Summit, London 19 July 2019: Addressing over 650 students, Brian examines how population growth, economic growth and energy use are inextricably linked, and the dual challenge of eradicating poverty while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and outlines how BP is advancing the energy transition – through its reduce, improve, create framework. Brian also announces that, in order to continue the dialogue, BP will work with Student Energy to bring at least 50 students to COP26, offsetting all travel-related emissions through its Target Neutral Programme
  • 15 May 2019 A maritime strategy for the UK – by default or design?
    Brian Gilvary, chief financial officer, RUSI First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2019, The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies , London