Strategic Advisory Board

Sir Alan Duncan

Strategic Adviser

Sir Alan Duncan has had a career in both oil and politics. After studying at Oxford and Harvard he worked first for Shell, and then for ten years as a crude oil trader with Marc Rich & Co (now Glencore). He spent 27 years as a Member of Parliament, during which he was Minister for International Development and later Foreign Minister and deputy to Boris Johnson. In January 2020 he left Parliament and returned to the energy sector.

Charles Hendry

Strategic Adviser

Charles Hendry was Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden from 2001-2015 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, from 2005-2010. On leaving Ministerial office, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, a role he continued until leaving Parliament in 2015.
He was awarded the CBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours for his work in supporting British Trade in Russia and Central Asia. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School and a Visiting Professor at the Mining University of St Petersburg. He is President of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce; President of the British Institute of Energy Economics; and Vice-President of The Energy Institute. He works extensively across the energy and trade sectors.
Charles was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he received an Honours Degree in Business Studies.