Graduated in geology from Southampton University and holds a doctorate from Reading University. During his 28-year career with BP he has lived and worked in more than 40 countries, including Russia (Siberia), Vietnam, Mongolia and China. He is author of more than 25 publications on energy, including industry trends and technology and is a sought-after keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide. In 2001, he was made Professor Emeritus at the State University of Irkutsk in Russia and in 2002, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to promoting investment and commerce.

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