Former Chairman of The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company plc, a UK FTSE 100 company, he resigned in 2005 having overseen the unification of Shell with Royal Dutch to form a single company. Lord (Ron) Oxburgh retired from The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company plc to take life a little easier but since then he has assumed a number of roles including that of; adviser to the Government of Singapore; member of the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology; vice-chairman of SERC. He is currently Chairman of 2OC, sits on the Advisory Boards of Climate Change Capital and Low Carbon Accelerator and works with a number of organisations in the general field of energy and environment.
Lord Oxburgh trained as a geologist/geophysicist (Oxford & Princeton) and subsequently taught and researched these disciplines at Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford and Caltech where he also consulted for the oil industry. He was Head of the Department of Earth Sciences in Cambridge and served for seven years as President of Queens’ College. Leaving Cambridge he served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Ministry of Defence (1987 – 1993) and chaired the inquiry into the safety of UK nuclear weapons. He subsequently became Rector of Imperial College.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the US Academy of Sciences. He has served as President of the European Union of Geosciences, and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He has chaired the Trustees of the Natural History Museum. He was created a life Peer in 1999 and for four years chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords.