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Harry Benham 

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Over 32 years experience in the oil and gas industry with BP and Shell, and EY Consulting.  Significant experience in commercial and contracting  management, and global strategy leadership roles. Head of Discipline for Major Project Contracts in both BP and Shell, and Executive Commercial lead in key megaprojects – BP’s ACG/BTC Project and the Prelude & Browse Floating LNG projects with Shell. Director in EY’s energy practice advising clients in the UK on repositioning strategies for the energy transition, including decommissioning and exit options.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Commercial business strategy and contracting management in two major oil and gas corporations, mainly in major project delivery in multiple global locations
  • Wide-ranging leadership roles of of global functions, and in-country management of delivery teams
  • Experience in driving change to re-shape business strategy and performance with diverse groups of stakeholders: project managers, suppliers, government agencies and corporate boards, within two major oil and gas companies, and as a consultant in EY.

Main Roles

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  • Associate Director, EY Oil, Gas and Energy Advisory


  • Managing Director, Oil and Gas Strategy

 2006 – 2016

  • General Manager, Contracts, Procurement and Commercial – Browse and Prelude FLNG Projects (Paris)
  • Head of Discipline, Shell Upstream Contracts and Procurement Global Function (The Hague)

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  • Head Of Discipline – Contracts and Procurement, BP Major Projects (London)
  • Contracts and Procurement Manager, BP Azerbaijan & Georgia (Baku)
  • Senior Contracts and Procurement Manager – UK North Sea and US GoM (Aberdeen & Houston)
  • Commercial and Logistics Manager – BP Marine, London
  • BP Regional Support Business Strategy Manager, BP HQ London

Advisory Work & Professional Memberships

AVEVA_LOGO1    2016  – Strategic Business Advisor, Aveva / 8over8 Ltd

chatham  2016 –  Member, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs

rsa logo      1999 –  Fellow, Royal Society of Arts & Commerce


Executive Development Programs


University of Cambridge, Judge Business School – 2002


Stanford Business School – 200


Harvard Business School – 2000



MBA (Distinction), University of Warwick, UK, 1998


BSc (Honours, First Class), Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, UK, 1985


Latest Publications

Dec 2016