British Gas lines up Chris Weston as new boss

The UK’s biggest energy supplier, British Gas, plans to appoint Chris Weston as its new managing director.

Centrica, which owns British Gas, said it was proposing Mr Weston, the current head of Centrica’s US retail gas business, to succeed Phil Bentley.

If approved by the board, it will be formally announced alongside Centrica’s financial results on 27 February.

There has been speculation in the past month that Mr Bentley would step down amid public anger over rising bills.

British Gas has about 16 million customers in the UK.

Mr Bentley had spent six years in the post of managing director.