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JCC Officers

President - Richard M Oblath

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Post his retirement from Royal Dutch Shell, Richard has a portfolio of global advisory positions for boards and senior c-suite executives in the Downstream Oil, Chemicals and other industries predominantly focusing on corporate transformations ahead of the Energy Transition. He is also pursuing personal interests including teaching, philanthropy and more time spent with family and friends.

In his last London based VP role, Richard oversaw and led many of Shell Downstream’s more complex and/or larger M&A activities. In addition, he was Shell’s lead Non-Executive Director on the board of two pan-African JVs: Vivo Energy and Shell Vivo Lubricants. He also co-led Shell Chemicals 2050 strategic review resulting in the RDS Board decision to make Chemicals a growth engine for the company. 

Immediately prior to this appointment he was VP, Downstream Portfolio Americas and Global PCRO. In this role, he led all M&A activities for Shell Downstream in the Americas and managed integration/implementation of Downstream transactions globally as well as post-closing rights & obligations (PCRO) from previous transactions. He also had responsibility for global legacy issues for ex-Shell Downstream businesses and other cross business liabilities such as Shell’s former Agricultural business and asbestos litigation in the US which together with PCRO included the management of balance sheet liabilities exceeding $1bln. Richard was, during his time in this role, also a Non-Executive Director of Shell Oil Products Company LLC, Equilon Enterprises LLC, Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and various other US Downstream companies of RDS.

Previously he led Strategy & Portfolio activities for Shell Lubricants in the Eastern Hemisphere with regional business accountability. Prior to that he was Manager, M&A for Shell Chemicals including being a member of the Portfolio Task Force that divested 40% of the then Chemicals portfolio during 1999/2000 and Enterprise Account Manager for Shell Chemicals focusing on some of the top 15 strategic global customers with sales of over $4bln.  

Richard had joined Shell in 1992 as Technology Director of the then newly acquired North American PET business, the leading material for food and beverage packaging, and was soon appointed as the global head of this Chemicals business.

Richard has a B.Sc. with Honours in Metallurgy and Materials Science (Nottingham University, UK) and a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry (Royal Military College of Science/Imperial College, UK). He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and recently completed a graduate diploma from the FT in non-executive directorships. Prior to joining Shell, he held appointments for 14 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in various roles including Strategy, Manufacturing Director, Technology Director and President of a JV.

During his industrial career Richard has lived in the UK, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore and the USA. He has led or been accountable for approximately 50 M&A transactions with a combined headline size of circa $20bln with different counter party types (major corporations, small businesses, family companies and private equity firms). This was undertaken in multiple countries & cultures (including the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Caribbean, France, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Australia, India, China and the Middle East).

Richard is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is a dual US/British citizen and outside of work is involved in “not for profit” organizations engaged in classical music (member of the Board of Trustees, London Chamber Orchestra) and the funding of six financial aid Nottingham University undergraduate students annually allowing them to spend time studying outside of the UK. He is also the 2019/20 President of the John Carpenter Club (the alumni association for the City of London School).  He enjoys international affairs (member of Chatham House), music; art, and too infrequently golf.

Click here for Richard's 2019 AGM speech

President-elect (June 2021 - June 2022) - Russell Jones

Russell Jones attended CLS between 1972 and 1977. He was an Acting Prefect, Captain of Carpenter House, and an active sportsman. He captained the First XI football team for two years, while also a regular for the First XV rugby and First XI cricket teams.

After CLS, he completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in economics and economic history at Bristol University, and went on to undertake further academic research under the tutelage of Lord Plowden and Professor Sir Alec Cairncross, both of whom had been senior advisors to various post-war UK governments. He also found time to captain the Old Citizens Football Club for much of the 1980s.

In 1985, he began a 35-year career as a professional economist, working for various financial institutions in the UK, before heading overseas to Japan, the Middle East, and Australia. Latterly, he has been a partner at the macroeconomic research consultancy, Llewellyn Consulting, based close to the school in the City of London.

Russell has written several books, including the autobiographical, 'The Itinerant Economist - Memoirs of a Dismal Scientist', and has at various times acted as an advisor to HM Treasury, and the Australian and US governments. He is also a member of the Policy Reform Group, a politically non-aligned body that develops and advances policy proposals to enhance countries’ political and economic health, and present them as a basis for rational and informed debate.

As President-elect of the JCC, he views his primary tasks as putting into operation the recently published new strategy for the Club; working closely with the school and its alumni team; and doing as much as he can to help CLS pupils make their way in the world.

He has been married for thirty three years, has two grown-up daughters, and lives in Barnes in west London. Despite increasingly rickety knees, he continues to keep fit by running, aiming to complete a number of half marathons and marathons each year. 

Secretary - Dov Katz 

Dov Katz, JCC SecretaryEmail [email protected]

Dov is a Partner at Blake Morgan LLP and based in New Street Square in the City of London.  Dov is listed as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 and as a leader in the field of capital markets in Chambers.  He specialises in corporate finance with particular expertise in AIM flotations (acting for nominated advisers and issuers), Venture Capital Trusts, fundraisings and public and private M&A including takeovers. His broad transactional experience also includes joint ventures, MBOs, MBIs, general corporate transactions and company law and advice. 

Dov is a former top ten England international junior table tennis player and regularly represents Middlesex County and also Apollo in the Wembley & Harrow League.  He has participated in 5 Maccabiah Games and 7 European Maccabi Games all over the world winning a host of gold, silver and bronze medals. Dov is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Treasurer - Stephen Kelly

JCC Treasurer

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Stephen is co-founder of BM2020, a firm offering outsourced finance functions to growing companies. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London within their Audit Department and spent many years working in industry, including as Financial Controller for the international business of Richard Ellis (acquired by CB Commercial to form CBRE), now the world’s largest property services firm.
Stephen took over as Treasurer from the long-serving Dickie Jones in 2014.
Stephen was at CLS 1979-1984.  He is a keen fives player and also acts as Treasurer of the Old Citizens Eton Fives Club.

General enquiries should be directed to the Alumni Engagement Officer.