Accord to Centrica's website, Haythornthwaite:
- has a wealth of knowledge in the energy industry. Rick has significant board experience, both as an executive and non-executive. He led the rescue of Invensys from 2001 to 2005 and the defence, turnaround and subsequent sale of Blue Circle Industries from 1997 to 2001. He spent his early career in various corporate, upstream and leadership positions in BP from 1978 to 1995, including exploration and production roles in the North Sea, Alaska, France and Venezuela before moving to Premier Oil as commercial director from 1995 to 1997. He has served on the boards of Network Rail as chairman and Cookson, Lafarge, ICI and Land Securities as non-executive director.
According to an official biography in 2008: Haythornthwaite is a member of the board of trustees of the British Council, Chief Executive, Invensys plc. Haythornthwaite is also Chairman for the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, partner at Star Capital Partners Limited, is Non Executive Chairman of the Board for Mastercard International, Chair of the Corporate Advisory Group for the Tate Gallery and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Almeida Theatre. He was previously Chairman of the Better Regulation Commission, Commercial Director of Premier Oil and Chief Executive of Blue Circle plc. Haythornthwaite began his career with BP.