Colin Bennett joined Shell International in Den Haag and served in the group’s worldwide operations. operations. He held executive positions within the French group TOTAL S.A in strategic planning and economics and at ExxonMobil, where he was a member of the Management Council, Vice President and Director overseeing both the business and technical service directorates at Mobil North Sea and Mobil Gas Marketing. After the Millennium he worked extensively in the UK public service and not-for-profit sectors, across local government, environment, justice, education and health. He was appointed Chief Executive at the Chief Fire Officers Association under the Bain reform of UK Fire & Rescue Service; also Chief Executive at the national mutual Benenden Healthcare and Chief Executive at the UK qualifications awarding body the National Open College Network. Colin has led successful business start-ups in publishing and tourism, has continued a strong interests in earth sciences and environmental protection and is a guest lecturer at Aberdeen University. He holds board positions in environmental biodiversity at the Operation Wallacea Trust and also at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and was appointed Alan Tayler Advisory Fellow by the University of Oxford.