Colin Bennett joined Shell International in Den Haag and served in NW Borneo and other group operating companies including Shell UK. He held executive positions with the French group TOTAL S.A in strategic planning & development economics and at ExxonMobil where he was a member of Management Council, Vice President and Director overseeing the business, scientific and technical service directorates at Mobil Gas Marketing and Mobil North Sea.
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 and Presidential Advisor to the ministerial steering board, pivotal roles under the Bain reform of the UK Fire & Rescue Service; also Chief Executive at the national mutual & hospital group Benenden Healthcare; and Chief Executive at the National Open College Network, a leading UK and international qualifications ‘Awarding Organisation’ overseeing essential vocational learning, apprenticeship development and core functional skills.
He advised on modernising the UK Environment Agency and was formerly Chair at the Atlantic Margin Joint Industry Group covering sensitive marine waters from the Barents Sea through to the Atlantic west of Greenland.
Colin has led successful small business start-ups in publishing, medicine and tourism, has continued a strong interest in earth sciences and environmental protection and a guest lecturer in engineering at Aberdeen University.
He holds other board positions at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and also The Wallacea Trust, an international biodiversity conservation body.
Colin is appointed Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow (Medicine) and also Alan Tayler Advisory Fellow (Mathematics) by the University of Oxford, where he respectively also supports the Affordable Medicines research programme and is advisor to the joint EPSRC industrially focused mathematical modelling, Centre for Doctoral Training programme at the Mathematics Institute.
He enjoys lifelong pastimes in geology, astronomy, ornithology, plants, history, historic buildings and literature.