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Person in Shell leadership role is a registered child sex offender


By John Donovan

I understand from a Shell insider source that Shell staff are concerned about the fact that they are forced to work for a recently promoted senior Shell leader who is on a Child Sex Offenders register. He is guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child. The date shown on court records is 2004.

Extracts from emails received from the insider source:

“INTEGRITY OF LEADERSHIP …as a Shell staff member I am always concerned about the integrity of the leadership team at any level. …there is a recently promoted individual (xxx) in xxxxxxxx in a key leadership role. Staff are not happy working for this person as he is a registered sex offender since 2004 for aggravated sexual assault against a child. XXXXXX website has his full profile including yearly pictures. All verifiable in the public domain. …but for some reason management are turning a blind eye. It says a lot for the company! His conviction lists his full name as………….. You can confirm the Shell link via xxxxxxxx. He works for Shell xxxxxxx. Staff are appalled that he has now moved from xxxxxx xxxxxx to a leader… He is now tasked to working with suppliers like xxxxxx to improve the quality of services provided to Shell. Some suppliers are now also beginning to learn his history and quietly voicing surprise.”

There are other related postings on our Shell Blog. 

Although I have court records confirming the allegations, including that the Shell leader in question is indeed on the Child Sex Offenders Register, I have redacted some of the above information. 

Shell supposedly operates within a set of business principles, including respect for its employees. Is it proper to expect Shell staff to work for such an individual? The principles proclaim that it is the responsibility of management to lead by example… Suppliers knowing the past history of the individual in question are also placed in an uncomfortable position.

The insider says that for some unknown reason Shell management has turned a blind eye.

It seems to me that there is a moral quandary involved. If a person is convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a child and is placed on a Sex Offenders Register, should that mean that they can never work again? Conversely, is it right to expect other people to work with, or for such an individual, after becoming aware of their background?

I will not be publicly naming the relevant person in a key Shell leadership role. 

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One Comment

  1. Concerned says:

    I know the individual concerned and have to say this is not being fair to staff who must work for the individual. Shell promotes respect, but this person will never gain the respect of others, so don’t place staff in this situation. I realise one cannot choose their manager, but this person has a life-long registration for a reason. Simply ridiculous to have placed them in a leadership role. Management needs to face up to this one.

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