Energy Institute elects new President – James Smith, Chairman, Shell UK
by Energy Institute 22 Jun 15:06
James Smith CBE FEI, Chairman of Shell UK, was elected Energy Institute (EI) President at the EI’s Annual General Meeting at the Institute of Directors in June.
In response to his election, James Smith CBE FEI, President, Energy Institute, says, ‘It is an honour to be President in succession to Sir Roy Gardner HonFEI who did such an excellent job. It has never been a more exciting time to be involved in energy. There is so much at stake – the world needs more energy and less carbon dioxide. The Energy Institute is at the heart of the energy challenge as a professional body that encourages debate, disseminates knowledge and builds skills. The Energy Institute is right up to date with the range of technologies that are going to be needed in a more energy efficient, lower carbon world.’
Louise Kingham FEI FRSA, Chief Executive, Energy Institute, adds, ‘As a long-standing supporter of the EI, I am thrilled with James’ recent election. The energy industry is undergoing its most significant period for some time, coupled with the challenge of current international economies and a keen interest to reduce energy demand in an ever-developing world. I look forward to working alongside James in continuing to deliver professionalism and good practice to support our members in working towards a sustainable future.’
James Smith was appointed Chairman of Shell UK in 2004. He has been with Shell since 1983 and has worked in all the Group’s major businesses including on the board of Shell Chemicals. He has been head of resourcing, which involved ensuring there is a talented and diverse group of leaders for the top 200 jobs in Shell. Much of his early career was in upstream oil and gas production. He lived for 4 ½ years in Malaysia and Brunei and has been involved in Shell business in a number of Middle Eastern countries and in the US.
James chairs the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He is on the boards of Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity, the employer groups supporting gender and racial diversity in the workplace.
James has a degree in physics and is a chartered accountant. Before joining Shell he worked with Accenture. In HM The Queen’s recent birthday honours, he was awarded a CBE for his services to the oil and gas industries.