Sir Roy Gardner

Chairman, Compass Group PLC

Photograph of Sir Roy Gardner Sir Roy Gardner is Chairman of Compass Group PLC. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Executive of Centrica plc, which trades in Britain under the, British Gas brand.

Centrica plc was formed on the demerger of the supply, services and retail businesses of the former British Gas plc in February 1997 which company Sir Roy joined in November 1994 as Executive Director, Finance.

Before joining British Gas, Sir Roy Gardner was Managing Director of GEC Marconi Limited and was appointed to the Board of GEC in 1994. Sir Roy was Chief Operating Officer of Northern Telecom Europe Limited following their take-over of STC plc, previous to which he was Managing Director of STC Communications Systems and a member of the Board of STC plc. He joined STC in January 1986 as Finance Director from the Marconi Company Limited where he was Group Finance Director between 1979 and 1985. Sir Roy began his career at the British Aircraft Corporation where he worked in the Commercial Aircraft Division.

Sir Roy was appointed Senior Non Executive Director of Compass PLC in October 2005. On 1st January 2000 Sir Roy was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Manchester United plc, and assumed the role of Non-Executive Chairman on 31st March 2002 until 6th June 2005. He was a Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc from December 1996 until the company's takeover in April 2001.

In February 1998 he was appointed President of the Carers National Association, now Carers UK. He is also a Trustee of the Development Trust (for the Mentally Handicapped). In December 2002, Sir Roy was appointed by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, as Chairman of the Apprenticeships Task Force and now Chairs the successor body, Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network. He also Chairs Ambition:Energy as a member of the National Employment Panel.

Sir Roy is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and a Companion of the Institute of Management.

Sir Roy was knighted in 2002 for services to the Gas Industry.

Aged 60, he is married with one son and two daughters. He lives in Hertfordshire and is a keen golfer and runner. He has raised money for a number of charities by completing the London Marathon in 1987, 1991 and 1992, the New York Marathon in 1996 and by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October 1999.