I have always worked in the energy sector and have had a long-term interest in environmental issues. My earliest experience in this area was through an article in our school science magazine on the destruction of the ozone layer (when the link with CFCs had only just been established). I combine my work as a climate change adviser for Shell, with my responsibilities as a Board Member (and former Chair) for the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Washington based think-tank C2ES. I also work closely with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and have been a lead contributor to many of its recent energy and climate change publications. One of these discusses the role of a carbon price in an economy.

Carbon Pricing Cover


After graduating as a chemical engineer, I started my working life as a refinery engineer in Australia during another period of very high oil prices when energy efficiency was paramount. I then spent a period in the Netherlands, before returning to Australia to become involved with another side of the oil industry, energy economics and supply. This led to a move to London as an oil trader for Shell followed by a time managing the global trading and chartering of Shell’s crude oil tanker fleet. In 2001 I took up my current role and haven’t looked back since.

A few of my thoughts about climate change: