Nick graduated from Bristol University in 1978 with an Honours Degree in Chemistry. He joined BP the same year as part of their graduate programme. Over the next 37 years, Nick developed his career in both business and finance roles. His last two roles were the Head of Finance for BP’s Downstream Business, followed by the CEO of BP’s Global Petrochemicals Business based in Shanghai.
Nick retired from BP at the end of 2015 and now holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships. The largest position is as a NED on the Board of the Finnish company, Neste Oy, who are the world leader in renewable fuels with a market capitalisation in excess of Euro 40bn.
Nick is also a member of their Audit Committee. Nick has been on the board of a privately owned construction chemicals company for over 10 years. He has also invested in two start-up companies which have also invited him to join their Boards. One of these, making alternative proteins, recently completed a successful Series B fund raise of Euro 42m and is in the process of building their first manufacturing unit in the Netherlands. The other is a plastics recycling company.
Nick has also made a number of other investments in early stage companies in the sustainability sector including renewable fuels, biodegradable plastics, and ‘green’ solvents.