Paul Skinner was re-appointed to the Defence Board on 1 September 2014, a position he previously held from 2006-2009. He is also the Chair of Defence Equipment and Support, a trading entity within the Ministry of Defence responsible for defence procurement and related support activities to the UK armed forces, to which he was appointed on 1 June 2014.
He is a non-executive member of the Public Interest Body of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a member of the Advisory Body of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Paul is an experienced leader of major global corporations in the basic resources industries and was formerly Group Managing Director of Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of Rio Tinto.
He also has board experience as a non-executive director of financial services and industrial companies, including Standard Chartered, Air Liquide and Tetra Laval, and in various public sector roles including Chair of Infrastructure UK, HM Treasury.
He was appointed CBE in 2014.
Non-Executive Defence Board Member and Chair of the Defence Equipment and Support Board
Defence Equipment and Support is a bespoke trading entity, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence. It has a £14 billion annual budget to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. It works closely with industry, including through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives.