SINEAD LYNCH Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell

Sinead Lynch

Chairperson of Shell UK Limited, Royal Dutch Shell

Sinead Lynch has been a key driver of Shell’s investments in EV charging and taken huge strides in achieving gender and ethnic diversity at the oil major.

Shell has committed to becoming a net-zero-emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.

Lynch tells Business Insider: “Our investments in EV charging, carbon-neutral home energy, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in the UK make it clear that we are serious about playing our part.”

She adds: “My team has worked hard to establish an Energy Transitions Programme in the UK, and through this we have built strong relationships with important voices in society, including government, NGOs, academics, communities.”

She says her recent appointment as cochair of the UK Hydrogen Advisory Council is testament to her work as “hydrogen could play an important part of our energy future.”

She believes her efforts in lobbying for greater gender diversity at the firm has helped the oil major gain recognition as a top employer of women by The Times.

Lynch, who began her career as geophysicist, undertook a number of roles in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Asia, and eventually took the role of executive vice president for safety and sustainability at BG Group.

During the integration of Shell and BG Group in 2014-15, she was appointed as Shell UK country chair.

She says COVID-19 highlights the importance of ensuring a green recovery, something she is passionate about: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the UK COVID Recovery Committee. This, and other groups like the Hydrogen Advisory Council, will be important mechanisms to help shape UK energy transition policy.”