Back to Mentors

Dame Vivienne Cox , CBE

Major Career Roles:

  • NED of GSK plc
  • SID of Pearson plc
  • NED of Rio Tinto plc
  • Lead Independent Director of the UK Department for International Development
  • Executive VP/Division CEO at bp plc
  • Chair of Vallourec SA


Other Career Highlights:

  • NED of BG Group plc
  • NED of the Climate Change Organisation
  • Board Member of INSEAD
  • Chair of Climate Change Capital Group Ltd
  • NED of Eurotunnel plc
  • Member of the Airports Commission

Dame Vivienne Cox has wide experience of business gained in the energy, natural resources and publishing and pharmaceutical sectors. She also has a deep understanding of regulatory and government relationships.


Dame Vivienne is Independent Chair of Victrex plc, Non-Executive Director of Haleon plc and Non-Executive Director of Venterra Group plc. She is also a Board Member of Stena AB and an Advisor to Montrose Associates Ltd.


Dame Vivienne worked for bp plc for 28 years in Britain and continental Europe, in posts including Executive Vice President and Chief Executive of bp’s gas, power and renewable business where she created the alternative energy unit.


She is Vice Chair of SAID Business School at Oxford University, Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Honorary Secretary of the Energy Institute and an Advisory Board Member to the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the African Leadership Institute. She is a Patron of the Hospice of St Francis.


Dame Vivienne was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2022 for services to sustainability and to diversity and inclusion in business.