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Tom Delay

Chief Executive, Carbon Trust 

Tom Delay

Tom was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust in 2001.  Since then, he has grown the company to become a world leader in advising businesses, governments and the public sector on carbon emissions reduction and the development of low carbon technologies, markets and businesses.

Tom has placed the Carbon Trust at the heart of low carbon business, helping identify and capture the commercial opportunities of a sustainable, low carbon World.  In recent years, he has taken the company's unique capability to international markets including China, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, India and South Africa, extending its mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

A chartered engineer, Tom began his career with Shell, working for 16 years in commercial and operations roles including four years as General Manager of Pizo Shell - a subsidiary in Gabon, Africa.  He moved into management consultancy with McKinsey and then as a Principal with the Global Energy Practice of A.T. Kearney before joining the Carbon Trust.

Tom gained a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southampton in 1981 and completed an MBA, with distinction, at INSEAD, in 1988.

Tom chairs the advisory board of the MSc in Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College London. He was awarded a CBE by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours 2018 for services to sustainability in business.

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