We may be small, but we are mighty. Mandela once said, “When people are determined they can overcome anything”, and that is what we are doing at Spirit Energy – working together to create opportunities, overcome challenges and build a strong, sustainable business for the future.
PULLING TOGETHER AS ONE
Dean is Spirit Energy’s Executive VP, HR & Communications - with accountability for the business’ HR, Communications, and Information Systems and Technology (IS/IT) functions.
He joined Centrica Energy in 2011 as HR Director E&P, with responsibility for providing HR Leadership to Centrica’s growing E&P business across North West Europe, Trinidad and Canada.
Prior to Centrica, Dean was International HR Director at GMR International, an Indian, family-owned Private Equity Fund with a focus on urban infrastructure. He started his HR career at BP, where he spent 20 years working for the company’s E&P and downstream businesses, together with roles in the Corporate team – including more than ten years based internationally across Moscow, Russia; Caracas, Venezuela and Bogota, Colombia.
Dean’s experience spans all aspects of human resources, including the creation of an HR operating model and building a function from inception; shaping and delivering the Remuneration Committee agenda; the introduction of annual and long-term incentive programmes; planning and performance management; the introduction of a company-wide HR Information System (HRIS); as well as the development of HR and Communications plans to enable the execution of business strategy - from business acquisition, growth and turnaround, to post-M&A integration.
THERE IS STRENGTH IN OUR DIFFERENCES
Being born and raised in South Africa lay the groundwork for Dean’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace; one characterised by the provision of equality of treatment and opportunity for all. It is a commitment that has been strengthened through the course of his career, during which he has lived and worked across a multitude of different countries and regions around the world. His passion for other cultures is something he continues to explore; rekindling his interest in the Spanish language after six years of tuition in Latin America and re-learning French, 35 years since his last lesson.