Rob enjoys the great outdoors and is a keen hiker, mountain biker, skier and yachtsman. He grew up in Taranaki, raised his adult children in the region and is passionate about the beautiful flora, fauna and natural New Zealand environment and in particular Taranaki and its iconic Mountain.
Rob is the Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand which produce about 70% of the country’s natural gas and a significant proportion of the country’s condensate (or light oil). He joined Shell in 1978 in New Plymouth and has nearly 40 years’ experience in the energy industry, working in a variety of senior roles both here and overseas.
Nothing is more important to him than keeping people and the environment safe, reflected in his national leadership roles. Rob Chaired the NZ Workplace Health and Safety Review Taskforce which has been instrumental in encouraging fundamental changes to the country’s approach to workplace safety and is a Director for National Science Challenge – Sustainable Seas – Project. His other positions include: independent director of Air NZ and Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association NZ.
In 2014 Rob received the Senior Energy Executive of the Year Award at the NZ Energy Excellence Awards for his “standout performance in NZ’s energy sector”.