Chris West completed his Doctorate in Ecology at the University of Oxford in 1984.  During his doctorate he deployed his entrepreneurial skills to set up his own business in the environmental services sector.  Following the successful UK and international growth of this social enterprise” in 1992 he took on the position of senior environment adviser at the UK Department for International Development. As an adviser to UK ministers he worked with a wide variety of donors, governments, NGOs and businesses in over 60 developing countries and emerging economies. He has lived in both East and West Africa.name="TEST Chris was involved in early discussions around the creation of the Shell Foundation and joined shortly after its launch in 2000 as Deputy Director. In this role he reinforced an enterprise-based” approach to developing and scaling up solutions to challenges arising from the impact of energy and globalisation on poverty and the environment. Drawing on his business and international development experience, Chris led the design and scale-up of SFs core programmes.  He played a leading role in co-founding GroFin, which is now the leading provider of business development assistance and appropriate finance to start-up and growing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. He was appointed SF Director in 2008. In November 2008 Jeroen joined the Shell Foundation as Deputy Director to establish the Dutch office, build on existing Dutch relations - both internal and external - and mobilise partnerships between the Foundation and Dutch stakeholders.   Jeroen will also oversee the Foundations Breathing Space programme in partnership with Envirofit. Jeroen started his professional career in 1998 with KPMG in the Netherlands, where he worked in Audit as well as Transaction Services. In this latter role, Jeroen was advisor to corporates, financial institutes and private equity players in Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2005 he joined FMO, the Dutch Development Finance Company with a specific focus on private equity and microfinance investments in emerging markets (Eastern Europe, China, Africa). In his role he made investments in several Private Equity Funds as well as direct investments, which he managed from a shareholder perspective, working with a broad range of players in development finance, including microfinance.Judith joined the Shell Foundation in January 2009 as the Business Director for our Sustainable Mobility programme, EMBARQ.  Before this, Judith had 18 years experience in the Shell Group working in a number of different areas including commercial and marketing in the Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Businesses. She has worked in Europe, Africa and North America and came to the attention of Shell Foundation after having valuable input into the Enhance Our Heritage” initiative with UNESCO in 2007.  In February 2012, Judith became Shell Foundations UK Deputy Director as well as continuing to manage EMBARQ.Amanda joined Shell Foundation in July 2007. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and has had a wide variety of finance-related roles since joining the Shell Group in 1986 - including financial and management accounting, system implementation, finance process and organisation design and controls review projects - and has worked in Warsaw and Cape Town. Most recently Amanda was the Controller for the European gas and power trading company, where she also supported the environmental products trading business, and an adviser in the central Controls, Governance and Assurance department.Alison joined the Foundation in April 2006 after 10 years working in the Shell Group. A Chartered Management Accountant by profession, Alison has worked in a variety of roles including consulting, business development and corporate governance in Europe and South America. She has experience in the Natural Gas and Oil Products businesses. Alison is responsible for the Trading UP programme.Pradeep Pursnani is responsible for running the Breathing Space Programme.  He joined the Foundation in January 2010 after spending three years in Strategy and Portfolio for Shell Group.  He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a degree in International Business Management.  He has a passion for entrepreneurialism and social development.Simon is responsible for the Excelerate Programme, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Group in 2006 as a business analyst for Shell Chemicals, Simon has worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and NGOs. Simon joined the Foundation in March 2008.Anu joined the Foundation in 2005 and is based in India. She covers the whole spectrum of SF activity in India but recently has focused most of her effort on the Breathing Space programme. Prior to joining SF, Anu was Brand and Communications Manager for Bharat Shell after managing the Brand and Market Research activity for the same company.Richard helps the Foundation and its strategic partners to promote ‘enterprise-based solutions as the most effective way to impact development challenges on a global scale. Joining from Shell UKs Social Investment team in 2009, Richard had previously spent seven years with the Shell Group in a variety of finance and corporate communications roles. He has a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.Amy joined as the accountant for the Shell Foundation in May 2006, from a background in finance in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant (ACA), and is responsible for providing financial advice to the directors and managers on their projects, and also for managing the Financial and Management accounts for the charity.Joining the Shell Foundation in February 2002, Shelley Addington holds the position of Finance Co-ordinator. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent over 12 years with the Shell Group, most recently with the Shell Business TV Network. Shelley works closely with the Programme Managers to ensure the smooth running of all supported projects, while ensuring all payments to grantees are processed and helping to manage the Shell Foundation accounts.Jo joined Shell Foundation in December 2002 as our Grants and Contracts Coordinator. As well as supporting Programme Managers in managing their portfolio of projects, she also plays a key role in the communications team. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent over 20 years with the Shell Group. She was with the Sustainable Development Team from its inception and worked on the Corporate Identity Programme.Fiona joined the Shell Foundation in February 2008 as Business Support and Events Manager.  Before coming to the Foundation, Fiona worked within Shell Group for eight years in various businesses - Chemicals, International Directorate, General Affairs and most recently within Corporate Affairs as Assistant to the Head of UK Communications. Fiona supports the Shell Foundation Director and is responsible for all event management. She assisted in the establishment of a new Shell Foundation office in the Hague and will work to establish effective working practices and communications between there and the UK.

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Chris West
Director

Chris West completed his Doctorate in Ecology at the University of Oxford in 1984.  During his doctorate he deployed his entrepreneurial skills to set up his own business in the environmental services sector.  Following the successful UK and international growth of this “social enterprise” in 1992 he took on the position of senior environment adviser at the UK Department for International Development. As an adviser to UK ministers he worked with a wide variety of donors, governments, NGOs and businesses in over 60 developing countries and emerging economies. He has lived in both East and West Africa.

Chris was involved in early discussions around the creation of the Shell Foundation and joined shortly after its launch in 2000 as Deputy Director. In this role he reinforced an “enterprise-based” approach to developing and scaling up solutions to challenges arising from the impact of energy and globalisation on poverty and the environment. Drawing on his business and international development experience, Chris led the design and scale-up of SF’s core programmes.  He played a leading role in co-founding GroFin, which is now the leading provider of business development assistance and appropriate finance to start-up and growing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. He was appointed SF Director in 2008.


Jeroen Blum
Deputy Director, Netherlands

In November 2008 Jeroen joined the Shell Foundation as Deputy Director to establish the Dutch office, build on existing Dutch relations - both internal and external - and mobilise partnerships between the Foundation and Dutch stakeholders.   Jeroen will also oversee the Foundation’s Breathing Space programme in partnership with Envirofit.

Jeroen started his professional career in 1998 with KPMG in the Netherlands, where he worked in Audit as well as Transaction Services. In this latter role, Jeroen was advisor to corporates, financial institutes and private equity players in Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2005 he joined FMO, the Dutch Development Finance Company with a specific focus on private equity and microfinance investments in emerging markets (Eastern Europe, China, Africa). In his role he made investments in several Private Equity Funds as well as direct investments, which he managed from a shareholder perspective, working with a broad range of players in development finance, including microfinance.


Judith Pollock
Deputy Director, UK

Judith joined the Shell Foundation in January 2009 as the Business Director for our Sustainable Mobility programme, EMBARQ.  Before this, Judith had 18 years experience in the Shell Group working in a number of different areas including commercial and marketing in the Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Businesses. She has worked in Europe, Africa and North America and came to the attention of Shell Foundation after having valuable input into the “Enhance Our Heritage” initiative with UNESCO in 2007.  In February 2012, Judith became Shell Foundation’s UK Deputy Director as well as continuing to manage EMBARQ.


Amanda Burston
Finance Manager

Amanda joined Shell Foundation in July 2007. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and has had a wide variety of finance-related roles since joining the Shell Group in 1986 - including financial and management accounting, system implementation, finance process and organisation design and controls review projects - and has worked in Warsaw and Cape Town. Most recently Amanda was the Controller for the European gas and power trading company, where she also supported the environmental products trading business, and an adviser in the central Controls, Governance and Assurance department.


Alison Rodwell
Business Director - Trading Up

Alison joined the Foundation in April 2006 after 10 years working in the Shell Group. A Chartered Management Accountant by profession, Alison has worked in a variety of roles including consulting, business development and corporate governance in Europe and South America. She has experience in the Natural Gas and Oil Products businesses. Alison is responsible for the Trading UP programme.


Pradeep Pursnani
Business Director - Breathing Space

Pradeep Pursnani is responsible for running the Breathing Space Programme.  He joined the Foundation in January 2010 after spending three years in Strategy and Portfolio for Shell Group.  He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a degree in International Business Management.  He has a passion for entrepreneurialism and social development.


Simon Desjardins
Business Manager - Excelerate

Simon is responsible for the Excelerate Programme, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Group in 2006 as a business analyst for Shell Chemicals, Simon has worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and NGOs. Simon joined the Foundation in March 2008.


Anuradha Bhavnani
Shell Foundation Advisor India

Anu joined the Foundation in 2005 and is based in India. She covers the whole spectrum of SF activity in India but recently has focused most of her effort on the Breathing Space programme. Prior to joining SF, Anu was Brand and Communications Manager for Bharat Shell after managing the Brand and Market Research activity for the same company.


Richard Gomes
Communications and Business Manager

Richard helps the Foundation and its strategic partners to promote ‘enterprise-based’ solutions as the most effective way to impact development challenges on a global scale. Joining from Shell UK’s Social Investment team in 2009, Richard had previously spent seven years with the Shell Group in a variety of finance and corporate communications roles. He has a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.


Amy Gutcher
Financial Controller

Amy joined as the accountant for the Shell Foundation in May 2006, from a background in finance in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant (ACA), and is responsible for providing financial advice to the directors and managers on their projects, and also for managing the Financial and Management accounts for the charity.


Shelley Addington
Finance Coordinator

Joining the Shell Foundation in February 2002, Shelley Addington holds the position of Finance Co-ordinator. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent over 12 years with the Shell Group, most recently with the Shell Business TV Network. Shelley works closely with the Programme Managers to ensure the smooth running of all supported projects, while ensuring all payments to grantees are processed and helping to manage the Shell Foundation accounts.


Joanne Chandler
Communications Adviser

Jo joined Shell Foundation in December 2002 as our Grants and Contracts Coordinator. As well as supporting Programme Managers in managing their portfolio of projects, she also plays a key role in the communications team. Before coming to the Foundation, she spent over 20 years with the Shell Group. She was with the Sustainable Development Team from its inception and worked on the Corporate Identity Programme.


Fiona Carter
Business Operational Support & Events Manager

Fiona joined the Shell Foundation in February 2008 as Business Support and Events Manager.  Before coming to the Foundation, Fiona worked within Shell Group for eight years in various businesses - Chemicals, International Directorate, General Affairs and most recently within Corporate Affairs as Assistant to the Head of UK Communications.

Fiona supports the Shell Foundation Director and is responsible for all event management. She assisted in the establishment of a new Shell Foundation office in the Hague and will work to establish effective working practices and communications between there and the UK.