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Separating ‘Shell Marketing’ from the Upstream

One of the issues surrounding the takeover of BG by Royal Dutch Shell that most commentators have missed is that it will make RDS even more of an “Upstream” company than it is now. The exploration and production of hydrocarbons is ALL that BG does. It is also by far Shell’s core business. In the […]

Shell/BG needs Downstream like a hole in the head

RETIRED SHELL EXECUTIVE PADDY BRIGGS SAYS: Above is a comment by retired Shell executive Paddy Briggs posted on an article published 23 Dec 2015 by The Independent: “The many reasons why Shell’s deal with BG will happen in 2016“

BG acquisition offers Shell opportunity for major strategy change

By Paddy Briggs As a Shell “lifer” – more than forty years if you include my time as a Director of the Pension  Fund – I cannot recall a bigger strategic shift than the acquisition of BG. It offers the Corporation a unique opportunity to do what Tom Peters called “stick to its knitting” – to concentrate on […]

Scandal hit bosses of HSBC and Shell are both ordained priests!

By John Donovan I wonder if Paddy was thinking of Shell when he published this on this Facebook page? The grotesquely high “compensation packages” of the Directors of the likes of HSBC as well as being morally repugnant are also bad for business. The rewards for making it to the top are so obscene that […]

Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?

BRENT CRUDE PRICES HAVE SLUMPED SINCE PEAKING AT $115 IN JUNE By John Donovan The news media is waking up to the potential seismic impact on big oil from falling oil prices. Our headline – “Big oil is exposed to falling prices who can survive?” – is taken from an article by John Ficenec published […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup 25 August 2014

RUSSIA Jeroen van der Veer, the former Royal Dutch Shell CEO who evaded responsibility for his role in the cover-up of the Shell reserves fraud, claims that the sanctions against Russia are not working and are counter-productive. This analysis comes from the man who badly misjudged the Putin regime in 2006 and as a result, ended up meekly surrendering […]

Upstream and Downstream – always oil and water

When I retired I was presented with a small silver Shell emblem which I still wear with pride from time to time. It once stood for excellence in marketing and was one of the world’s most familiar brand symbols. Now it’s a bit of a collectors item symbolising a world that has long gone… By […]

The scandal of Corporate bonuses, and why they continue:

Extract from an informative article by former Royal Dutch Shell senior executive, Paddy Briggs, published 27 Feb 2014 Seven-figure bonuses are common across the corporate world – at the very top of course! Here, for example, is what “The Guardian” reported about the remuneration of Peter Voser the then top man in Shell just under […]

The Miners’ strike – a personal story I haven’t told before

An article I found on the website of Paddy Briggs… By Paddy Briggs The Miners’ strike – a personal story I haven’t told before  I was the Commercial Manager for Shell in Scotland from 1983-1986. In this job I had the overall responsibility for serving the needs of our customers in (inter alia) the Road […]

Jeroen van der Veer: Hypocrite Supreme

Mr Van der Veer (shown right) is no fan of this website. In January 2008, as was reported in The Times, we published a leaked email from him in which he forecast that world demand for oil and gas would outstrip supply within 7 years. Events has shown that he was talking nonsense on that […]

Ruthless and bad behaviour at the top of Royal Dutch Shell

The foot soldiers, of whom I was one in Shell, often took their leads from what they saw as ruthless and bad behaviour at the top – and, unsurprisingly, sometimes behaved badly themselves. (Disgraced Shell Chairman Sir Philip Watts shown right) Article by retired Royal Dutch Shell executive Paddy Briggs. I received my first monthly […]

Jeroen van der Veer exit from Shell

I am only surprised that an ex CEO of Shell leaves the board at a young age. Is Jeroen washing his hands in innocence or trying to put light between him and Shell?? In the past they used to hang in there for long periods until they had to get up too often to take […]

How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal

FROM OUR NOVEMBER 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal: “The root of the problem, however, goes significantly further back than Sir Philip’s reign, which began in 2001”: “These deeper roots are significant because the company has yet to make a full break with its past. Mr. van der […]

How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal

FROM OUR NOVEMBER 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE How Shell’s Move To Revamp Culture Ended in Scandal Paddy Briggs, a retired Shell communications executive, recalls one event where he and about 40 executives were issued shovels and pick-axes and dispatched to a Dutch village to help it restore an old playground. The oilmen gave up around […]

Can Shell survive reserves affair?

FROM OUR SEPT 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE News Analysis: Can Shell survive reserves affair? Last week, the FSA imposed the largest fine in its history on Shell for market abuse over the oil reserves scandal. A Shell PR veteran traces the firm’s reputational demise.: “the reputation of Shell has been destroyed by hypocrisy, mendacity […]

European Journal: Shell’s Enemy No. 1

European Journal – The Magazine from Brussels European Journal is a 30 minute magazine on DW that delivers the inside take – reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU with a strong focus on the European integration process. European Journal features issues that move Europeans and shows Europeans on the move. […]

Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell

John Donovan at the Shell Centre, 4 April 2012 Professional translation (by OneHourTranslation) of the German narration in the ARD TV Europa Magazine documentary feature: Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell. Broadcast Saturday 21 April 2012. Great Britain: A lone fighter against Shell Next to the London Eye, the Shell Centre stands tall. Its […]

United Kingdom: a lone fighter against Shell

ARD TV in Germany – the German equivalent of BBC TV – on Saturday, 21 April, broadcast a feature about me and this website ( as part of the EUROPA MAGAZINE programme. By John Donovan ARD TV in Germany – the German equivalent of BBC TV – on Saturday, 21 April, broadcast a feature about […]

Shell, Ferrari and the controversial 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has contractual obligations to Ferrari which it must honour. However there is no reason why Shell  should not take the action I have outlined above in order to protect its reputation… EMAIL FROM RETIRED ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EXECUTIVE PADDY BRIGGS TO SHELL CEO PETER VOSER —– Original Message —– From: Paddy […]

Shameless, unrepentant and corrupt, Bertie Ahern

So there you have it. An Irish Prime Minister who has a track record of corruption associated with planning matters and a greedy ruthless oil giant, also with a track record of corruption. A true meeting of like minds. By John Donovan Earlier today the The Mail Online reported an announcement by the corrupt, disgraced […]

Corporate Social Responsibility – what it really means

…if Shell had been treating an oil field in the U.S. or Europe in the way that it has its assets in the Niger Delta, where 2,000 major spillage sites have never been cleaned up, then the political and media fallout would be similar to what BP is now struggling with in the United States. […]

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser on a Swiss roll…

Introduction by John Donovan It seems timely, in view of recent postings on our Shell Blog, to republish an article about Shell CEO Peter Voser authored by retired Royal Dutch Shell Executive, Paddy Briggs (right). It was first published on 27 July 2009. Paddy is currently a Member Nominated Trustee of the Shell Contributory Pension […]

Shell arch-critic emailed over 400 Royal Dutch Shell senior execs

In a front page lead story in the Financial Times, our site was properly credited with breaking news of the restructuring plans of Peter Voser. FROM OUR ARCHIVE: EXTRACT FROM A RELATED EMAIL MESSAGE SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO OVER 400 SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES Congratulations! I am writing to offer our best wishes on your […]

Corrib – Ireland’s Last Offshore Development for a Generation

Printed below is an article by Tony Allwright, a retired Irish Shell EP manager. (SOURCE ARTICLE) 26 November 2011 Protests – overwhelmingly unfounded and politically unchallenged – have trebled the cost of developing Ireland’s offshore Corrib gasfield. This huge “political risk” will deter further such investments for a generation. Many years ago, in the late 1970s […]

Flood closes Shell Centre

The London Central Office of Royal Dutch Shell has been closed as a result of there being a major flood in the basement during the night of 15th November 2010. Heating, air conditioning and water supplies are all affected. The flood caused the building to be closed today and it will remain closed tomorrow. Current […]

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors relationship with Shell

Royal Dutch Shell Nazi Secrets: Authors extraordinary relationship with Shell

Shell Corrib Gas Project, Bertie Ahern and Corruption

VIDEO FEATURING COMMENTARY BY FORMER ROYAL DUTCH SHELL EXECUTIVE, PADDY BRIGGS httpv:// By John Donovan In the video above, *Paddy Briggs quotes from the minutes of a meeting of Royal Dutch Shell Group Managing Directors held on 23 July 2003 (MARKED “MOST CONFIDENTIAL”. “It was noted that development of the Corrib field may be […]

BP, Arts sponsorship – and the fat cats…

Paddy Briggs’ letter, published in “The Guardian” 28th June 2010 It is understandable that, as you report, many artists and green groups are protesting against arts institutions receiving sponsorship from BP – but it is important to describe what such corporate charitable donations are – and what they are not. They are not in any […]

A review of “Corporate Social Responsibility” in the light of Deepwater Horizon

Please visit this link for an article by Paddy Briggs about Corporate Social Responsibility in the light of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Retired Shell Global Chief Petroleum Engineer Iain Percival comments on BP oil slick

Article by former Royal Dutch Shell executive Paddy Briggs… “Obama is not being anti-British over BP“ …stimulates following comments on Shell Blog from retired senior Shell staff MUSAINT on Jun 12th, 2010 at 2:47 pm Paddy, I cannot fully support your comments concerning those made by Obama over the BP oil spill. Certainly BP have […]

Has Shell’s advertising budget been wisely spent?

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2010 Shell’s latest corporate advertisement followed by candid commentary/analysis by Paddy Briggs (right)… LET’S DELIVER ENERGY FOR A CHANGING WORLD. LET’S GO Today’s consumers are smarter than ever about energy. Naturally they want it to heat, cool and light their homes, get them to work, and power their mobile phones. But […]

Reputation Management

ROADSIDE RETAIL The maintenance of a good corporate reputation in today’s febrile multimedia age is no easy task – not least because the needs of a company’s various stakeholders are all too often contradictory. Investors may seek cost efficiencies which boost earnings and dividends whilst employees seek job security. The need to boost the resource […]

Shell decides to “stick to its knitting”

Posting by former Shell Executive Paddy Briggs on the article “Shell defends continued focus on fossil fuel-paper“: Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 am Tom Peters seminal book “In Scarce of Excellence” was first published in 1982 and in it there were eight themes for success in business one of was “Stick to the knitting” – […]

Shell Internet Censorship

“One of the principles underlying all of our work on the Web has been that we should be true to the spirit of New Shell. This means that we are seen to be open, listening, interested in the views of others…”: SHELL CENSOR – MARCH 1999 Shell Internet Censorship By John Donovan Printed below is […]

Shell says former Shell exec Paddy Briggs should choose his friends more carefully

A SHELL INTERNAL EMAIL DATED 25 JUNE 2007 SUPPLIED TO JOHN DONOVAN UNDER DATA PROTECTION ACT LAW From: Sent: 25 June 2007 13:57 To: Subject: RE: DONOVAN – WEBSITE FYI, xxxxxs latest contribution – I think he should choose his friends more carefully…. In the absence of “Tell Shell” I think that this is possibly […]

Shell apologises for Poppy Appeal shambles

By Paddy Briggs The important words in the media release below are “We apologise”! Well done Shell! “Having reviewed our policy and listened to customers, we are happy to immediately endorse collection boxes for the Poppy Appeal at Shell petrol stations. We realise our customers have been upset by our original policy. We apologise. Our […]

Shell shoots itself in both feet on Remembrance Day

By Paddy Briggs The real question to ask about Shell’s unbelievably crass decision not to allow the sale of poppies at their petrol stations this year is at what level the call as made. Ignore the statement from Shirley Cinco, at Shell’s “Customer Service Centre” in Manchester, that: “Rather than simply giving to worthy causes, […]

Paddy Briggs elected as a Trustee of Shell Contributory Pension Fund

It has come to our attention that former Shell executive Paddy Briggs (above) has been elected to serve the thirty-three thousand Shell pensioners in the UK as a Trustee of the Shell Contributory Pension Fund for four years commencing January 2010. In addition to the elected members, the Board of Trustees has seven Shell appointees, including […]

Arch-critic emails over 400 Shell senior execs

Richard Wiseman, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer (Photo supplied by him for display on this website) EMAIL MESSAGE SENT BY JOHN DONOVAN TO OVER 400 SENIOR SHELL EXECUTIVES Congratulations! I am writing to offer our best wishes on your appointment/new title, as announced on our website within the lists of […]

Debate flares over Shell/Motiva refineries

Yesterday we published an article authored by “Jo Blow”, a contributor whose real name is known to us. The article stimulated the Shell Blog comments published below: From Motivaman Jo blow, On the contrary, I did not take offense at all to your post. Actually it made me see that I was making mistakes in […]

The writing is on the wall for Shell’s downstream business

The days when it was beneficial for an oil company to be vertically integrated with business all the way from the well head to the petrol pump are long since gone. Shell’s decision to move out of refining in the United Kingdom is logical and almost certainly the precursor of a complete withdrawal from the […]

Retired Shell Group Auditor questions integrity of Jorma Ollila

By Bill Campbell (above), retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International On the subject of the integrity of Royal Dutch Shell Chairman, Jorma Ollila, raised by former Shell executive, Paddy Briggs, the information below was copied to Nokia yesterday, it should be self explanatory, if Nokia do not act they could find themselves guilty by association: […]

Time to reflect on the integrity of Shell Chairman, Jorma Ollila

By Paddy Briggs Time to reflect on the integrity of Jorma Ollila (above), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. In his time as Chairman it seems, if we judge from the actions of Shell’s new CEO Peter Voser, he has allowed Shell to become an over-staffed, unfocused, top heavy bureaucracy. […]

Shell Blog reaction to Shell 2nd Quarter Results – fire Brinded

Comments posted on our Shell Blog this morning by two regular contributors in reaction to the 2nd Quarter 2009 results announced by Royal Dutch Shell Plc  at 7am today. Guest1 is a senior Shell insider. Paddy Briggs is a highly esteemed former Shell executive. guest1 on Jul 30th, 2009 at 8:05 am Just read: “We […]

On a Swiss roll…

Here’s the story. You are a Swiss accountant with a proven record of ruthlessness and synthetic business acumen. You are comfortable with numbers – that’s what you do – but you know little about the minutiae of the oil business. How can you be – you are not an “oil man” you are a “dollars […]

Shell retiring CEO Jeroen van der Veer: a candid assessment by Paddy Briggs

By Paddy Briggs Denis Healey recently said that he would prefer people to wonder why he hadn’t been Prime Minister rather than have them wondering why he had been. Jeroen van der Veer (above) was never meant to be Shell’s top man and had he not reached that position few would have wondered why. As […]

File of outspoken articles about Royal Dutch Shell 2004 – 2009

File of outspoken articles about Royal Dutch Shell published by this website since 2004.

Shell Blog Posting by Iain Percival, Royal Dutch Shell retired Global Chief Petroleum Engineer

By Iain Percival I have now caught up with the news / comments having returned from a most refreshing break at my home in Scotland – no internet connection which is good, for a while at least My two pence of observations are as follows. 1. I have written on several occasions that Shell upstream […]

What on earth happened under the van der Veer leadership that has got Shell into its present mess?

Paddy Briggs on May 30th, 2009 at 10:57 am  Excellent Post by Guest1. It is indeed “corruption” and the irony is that it got far worse under Jeroen who was meant to be sweeping away the dishonesty and the self-first mindset that characterised the Watts years. I’m genuinely puzzled by this. I knew Jeroen reasonably […]

Peter Voser’s message to Shell staff presages a gloomy future for all of Shell’s employees and stakeholders

Posted on May 28th, 2009 by Paddy Briggs Shell’s CEO designate Peter Voser would have to have been terminally naïve to assume that his extraordinary internal Email to staff would not immediately be placed in the public domain – as indeed it was within minutes of its transmission. Assuming that Voser knew exactly what he is doing let’s […]

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