Des Thurlby


Joined Petrofac


As Group Director of Human Resources, Des has overall responsibility for advising on all people aspects of the business. This includes developing the people strategy to support the Company in achieving its strategic ambitions, focusing on succession planning, talent management, leadership development, compensation and benefits, key hires, performance culture and employee engagement.


Des has held a number of HR positions during his 25-year career in the automotive industry, including HR Director for Jaguar Land Rover. He was President of IMI China (a division of IMI Plc) and prior to joining Petrofac, was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Seadrill, an offshore drilling contractor.

He has a BA (Hons) in Politics & Economics from Newcastle University and an MBA from London Business School. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD).