Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the audit firm Coopers & Lybrand, Roland joined the Shell Group in 1995.
He started in the retail business in the UK as a management accountant and then moved to West Africa where he was Finance Manager of Shell’s Downstream Business, firstly in Gabon, then in the Ivory Coast. He returned to the UK in 2002 and joined the Downstream Finance Portfolio team where he spent four years working on acquisition and divestment projects before being seconded by Shell to the Project Financing team of an LNG Joint Venture Company.
After that, he moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he set up and ran the M&A and Commercial Finance team. In 2012 he came back to London to take up the role of GM Finance for the Lubricants and Commercial Fuels Business across Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA). In 2015 Roland returned to the M&A and Commercial Finance team as Head of Global Downstream, based in London.
Roland has been an executive sponsor of the Shell African Network, the employee network for people of African and Caribbean heritage, since 2012.
Roland is married and has three sons. In his spare time, he plays, watches and talks about cricket.
About Business in the Community’s Race Leadership Team
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