William Samuel Hugh Laidlaw|
3 January 1956
Kensington, London, England
|Residence||Kensington and Chelsea, London|
|Alma mater||Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge|
|Title||CEO of Centrica plc|
|Predecessor||Sir Roy Gardner|
|Spouse(s)||Deborah "Debbie" Morris-Adams|
He is the son of Sir Christopher Laidlaw (1922–2010), former deputy chairman of BP. Sam Laidlaw attended Eton College and studied law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, gaining an MA in 1977. He qualified as a solicitor in 1979 with the Macfarlanes law company. He obtained an MBA in 1981 from the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. His father was director of the management school for seven years.
Laidlaw was with U.S. oil company Amerada Hess (1981–2001), building their North Sea business before running their worldwide exploration and production business and becoming president and chief operating officer (1995–2001). He was executive vice president of global business development of the California-based Chevron Corporation from May 2003 and became chief executive officer of Enterprise Oil in 2002 (which was bought under his leadership by Shell in 2002 for £3.5bn). Enterprise Oil also faced a hostile takeover from Eni, the Rome-based oil company.
In January 2008, he was appointed a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, and in December 2010 he was appointed as the lead non-executive director on the board of the Department for Transport. He was also a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group (2010–2012). Until August 2007, he was a non-executive director of Hanson plc. He is a trustee of the medical charity RAFT.
He has been chairman of the Petroleum Science and Technology Institute, based in Aberdeen, a director of the National Engineering Laboratory and president of the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association. He chaired a report on business and higher education for the CBI in 2010 and led the inquiry into the failure of the competition for the West Coast Rail Franchise in 2012.
He joined Centrica in July 2006, taking over from Sir Roy Gardner and becoming chairman of the executive committee and the disclosure committee. In 2013, Laidlaw received around £4 million in bonuses, leading to critical comments from Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, and Caroline Flint, the shadow energy secretary.
- Daily Mail December 2009
- Low carbon future in December 2009
- Scotland on Sunday May 2009 discussing nuclear power
- Guardian February 2009
- Times August 2008
- Telegraph July 2008
- Times June 2008
- The Sun March 2008
- Telegraph February 2008
- British Gas makes £571m profit in 2007
- Becoming boss of Centrica in March 2006
- Prince's Rainforests in November 2009
- Corporate responsibility at Centrica in June 2009
- Centrica's profits decline 20% as seen on the BBC in July 2008
- "West Coast Main Line: final report of the Laidlaw inquiry". GOV.UK. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
- Rankin, Jennifer (27 March 2013). "Centrica bosses split £16m pay pot as customers face 6% gas price rise". The Guardian.
Sir Roy Gardner
| Chief Executive of Centrica
July 2006 - December 2014
|| Chief Executive of Enterprise Oil
December 2001 - April 2002
Company bought by Shell