Leigh-Ann Russell

EVP Innovation & Engineering


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Speaker Bio

Leigh-Ann was appointed to bp’s leadership team as EVP, innovation & engineering with effect from March 1, 2022. Prior to that she was bp’s chief procurement officer, accountable for a safe, ethical, and competitive global supply chain spend of c.$30BN.

Leigh-Ann has over 20 years of engineering experience, commencing in a range of operational roles with well services company Schlumberger. With bp, Leigh-Ann has led both onshore and offshore teams with accountability for HSE and wells major projects. She has done this regionally as a drilling engineering manager and operations manager in the North Sea, and globally as VP of technical functions, which saw her lead the process safety, engineering, and operations disciplines for wells.

Leigh-Ann holds a BSc Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, is Chartered, and a fellow of the Energy Institute. She is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and on their visiting professor’s management committee, as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Leigh-Ann is an avid reader. So much so, that she read one book per week for an entire year.

Speaker Sessions


Technology At The Forefront Of The Energy Transition

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • Data & Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • ESG & Sustainability
  • Leigh-Ann Russell

    EVP Innovation & Engineering


The world’s carbon budget is finite and running out, requiring action on a magnitude and urgency far greater than ever before. The world needs new, innovative tech like never before – offering smart solutions for secure, affordable, sustainable energy, to help the world get to net zero.

Session Key Takeaways:
Leigh-Ann explores the opportunities technology could deliver to help reduce carbon emissions, including:

  • Digital solutions to help the industry safely transform at pace and scale to meet its net zero ambitions
  • Accelerating agility and responsiveness to tackle new challenges and solve problems
  • Using technology to enhance our operations and delight our customers
  • To reimagine energy for people and the planet

This session is for you if…you are helping provide the energy the world needs today, while helping to build increasingly sustainable energy solutions for the future.

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