Sir Roy Gardner

Leading Business Figure & Former CEO Of Manchester United

Sir Roy Gardner has extensive corporate experience, first in executive roles in the utility, telecommunications and defence sectors and then latterly as a non-executive director on a wide range of companies. In his last executive role, he was Group Chief Executive of Centrica plc from 1997 to 2006 having taken the reins following its demerger from British Gas and was responsible for growing the UK-centric gas supplier into a major multi-national energy business.

After stepping down from Centrica in 2006, Sir Roy was appointed Chairman of Compass Group plc, the global food services and catering group, where he served until February 2014. He is currently Chairman of EnServe Group Ltd and of Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd, and a non-executive director of Willis Group Holdings plc. In addition, he has a number of interests outside the corporate sector as Visiting Fellow of Oxford University, Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse Group, Chairman of the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network and Chairman of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College.

Sir Roy is also a former chairman of Manchester United, relinquishing his role after the club’s controversial takeover by the Glazer family in 2005. Sir Roy, who has served on the board of William Hill, stepped down as chairman of Compass in 2014. He also served on the board of defunct housing maintenance and outsourcing group Connaught and helped lead attempts to rescue the company that went into administration in late 2010.

To book Sir Roy Gardener as the business management speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Sir Roy is known to cover the following topics:

  • Business Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Centrica plc
  • Energy Futures Lab
  • Credit Suisse Group