John is a senior advisor with Nestor Advisors focusing on corporate governance best practices and execution for SME clients.
John is a highly experienced senior executive with a track record of leadership and execution of strategy in the global downstream oil & gas sector, following a 21 year international career with Shell and Chevron.
Starting in Shell UK, John held several leadership positions, managing business streams in Europe including products trading, global exports and sales. He was then transferred to Dubai and led market entry projects in Sri Lanka, India, Iran, Lebanon and Central Asia, travelling extensively to build business infrastructure and liaise with governments and state agencies. His work also engaged him on roles on a number of executive boards and leading special project teams.
At Chevron, John rose to lead the downstream marketing business in Europe, Africa and Middle East, leading a large diverse cross cultural team across the region. He led major global organizational changes, business strategy deployments, the implementation of corporate governance practices, complexity reduction projects, operational excellence processes, ERP systems projects, sales management turnaround projects, franchising and safety initiatives. His experience has also engaged him in working across different organizational types including corporate, operating units, joint ventures and distributors. He also led the downstream market entry into Saudi Arabia.
John’s oil and gas experience has also engaged him in working with upstream projects and teams at government level and with state oil companies. He has conducted key refinery infrastructure reviews, leadership and culture reviews, and worked extensively as an expert consultant with global advisory companies preparing large oil and gas entities for IPO / Sale.
John spent 5 years as CEO of a large family business in the UAE, supporting them and other family businesses to successfully align family members to implement succession planning, risk management and family office strategies.
Prior to joining Nestor Advisors, John ran his own corporate governance advisory practice for 3 years, based in Dubai, with clients throughout the Middle East region. His practice completed over 70 corporate governance projects helping SME clients achieve tangible business results. His industry governance expertise includes the following sectors: oil & gas, education, insurance, healthcare, food, hotels, construction, manufacturing, events management, communications, technology and brand / marketing agencies.