I have over thirty years experience in the oil & gas industry, spending half of that with Shell International, in more than ten countries around the world. As a former General Manager and regional head of engineering, I was immersed in competence development and mentoring of professionals across the age spectrum, from graduates to experienced team leaders.
A long-time supporter of environmental causes, I left Shell to focus on personal action to address the urgent challenges of climate change. I understand the complexities and the demanding timeline of the energy transition and my experience of personal transition helps me understand the concerns faced by many workers as the energy transition gains momentum. Determined to support a just and equitable transition for all, it was my good fortune back in 2019 to learn of Iron & Earth’s mission to create transitional pathways toward the next economy.
I am proud now to have served on the board of Iron & Earth for the past two years (the past four months as chair). I saw then the important role that Iron & Earth could play in shaping the transitional pathways through policy and training, and today I see the organization becoming ever more relevant and central in the great endeavour that we must all engage in to rapidly decarbonize our energy systems, create meaningful jobs for all and ensure that we leave no-one behind. I am eager to support Iron & Earth in this next phase of development, to help scale the capability of the organization and fulfill the promise to create bridges and pathways for change.
In early 2020 , I founded Thor Hydrogen, focused on developing renewable energy systems that generate and utilize green hydrogen to enable full energy independence and regional economic capability based on zero emission energy. Calling for skills that are closely aligned with those found in the oil & gas industry, green hydrogen is one of the many pathways for job creation in the next economy.
I live in Kimberley BC with Terry Anne, partner in all things for more than thirty years, and we have the good fortune that our three adult sons have also chosen to make their homes in this small mountain town with their partners.