Mark explains “In fact, it’s a smorgasbord of masterclasses, which build expertise in a wide variety of roles and in diverse areas of the energy industry.”
Mark has always been open to learning from new experiences, and so the Shell culture, which cultivates this, has been a natural fit. So too has the challenge of the work.
“In External Relations some of our biggest challenges involve making sure we have positive impacts on the communities and wider societies where we work,” Mark says. “Transparency is key, and the company must perform in order to maintain its reputation as a responsible operator.”
From temp to the top
Before Shell, Mark was a Public Relations Adviser at the Cape Town City Ballet in South Africa. He had grand plans to travel and made it as far as London where he took on what was intended to be a temporary role in HR at Shell.
Mark recognised he had much to learn about the energy industry, but it was a challenge he approached with enthusiasm. He hadn’t planned on a 14-year career, but he quickly found himself feeling at home at Shell. After two years, he moved back into a role in communications.
“I became increasingly aware of what our industry does,” he says.