You are Home   »   2CO   »   Lewis Gillies Biography

Lewis Gillies

Lewis served as Chief Executive of Hydrogen Energy International, the former BP/Rio Tinto joint venture, from its formation until the end of 2009 and, prior to that, was head of BP's Hydrogen Power Business Unit of BP Alternative Energy. In that time he led the development of a number of CCS power projects in different regions of the world including two of the most advanced - in Abu Dhabi and California - as well as the UK's Peterhead project, the first such project to be fully permitted.

Lewis joined BP in 1989 as a Chartered Engineer working on several BP petrochemical sites. Later he managed major capital projects before taking on greater commercial and leadership roles, soon running a number of BP business lines, and ultimately taking on senior management and executive roles at BP. In these positions, he developed new markets for natural gas sales, negotiated new strategic alliances, led new business ventures, and directed both commercial and energy operations.

While a UK native, a considerable part of his career has been spent outside the UK. He spent four years in Asia living and working in Tokyo, Singapore and then Jakarta as well as four years in the US, primarily in Atlanta and Chicago.

Lewis attended Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen, Scotland graduating with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Originally from the islands of the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, he now lives on the Surrey/Hampshire border in England with his wife and three children. His interests are many and varied, but he particularly likes to spend time with his family and is a very keen sailor.

Join 10,000 oil & gas professionals who attend our events and receive our newsletter.


A tour around the South Atlantic Sub-salt
by Neil McMahon from Bernstein Research

"Diverse well presented topics with opportunity to ask questions of speakers during talks or breaks. Well organised by David, Karl etc."


We are planning a webinars program for 2021 -
If you may have an interesting story to share, please contact
Karl Jeffery on