2020 Winner Profile

Spirit Energy

James Grant

RANK: #17



James Grant, Director, Information Systems (CIO) of Spirit Energy has had his time taken up with a number of initiatives at the exploration and production company. Spirit Energy was created in December 2017 as a joint venture combining the oil and gas businesses of Centrica with Bayerngas. Upon the separation of Spirit Energy from its parent company Centrica, Grant handled the complex decoupling of all corporate functions and services, such as IT, Finance, HR, Legal, HSE and Procurement, as well as all the associated IT solutions and services – and all within the deadline agreed between shareholders. On his watch, the full independence of both corporate functions and associated IT solutions and services were established on time and to budget.

Grant also helped deliver a common Digital Workplace, offering a coherent set of digital workplace and collaboration tools to enable common ways of working across all users and locations. This facilitated standardised ways of working, engendered greater teamwork, improved information sets and decision-making, and reduced the need for travelling.

LOCATION: Staines, United Kingdom

INDUSTRY: Energy Industry