His employer is as muscular a global capitalist as any, yet the head of Shell UK has the air of a well-bred, studious patrician figure. He cares passionately about issues such as student loans, developing sustainable energy and other issues of corporate social responsibility.
There's something terribly reassuring about Shell. From the moment you leave the hubbub of London behind and enter the quiet confines of the Shell centre on London's South Bank, you begin to relax.
It's as if the rest of the world doesn't exist. The place exudes the air of supreme confidence, of longevity. The decor is understated, all soothing browns and beiges. The pictures on the walls are of oil tankers and drilling platforms. Nothing screams for attention, there are no strident primary colours to threaten the brain. There's nothing flash or achingly modern.