Ken Rivers


Ken is Past President & trustee of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He also chairs the UK’s Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) Strategic Forum, which is the joint industry/regulator group tasked with raising standards and improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation. Ken also sits on the Industrial Safety Steering Group monitoring the follow up to the Building & Fire regulations review post Grenfell.

Ken’s extensive international career included being CEO of Refining NZ and responsibility for Shell’s UK refining and petrochemical operations. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association and chaired the joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion.

He was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Heath and Safety Forum.  

More recently, he chaired the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force”, which considered ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review.

Ken is an Honorary Fellow of NorthTec–Tai Tokerau Wanaga for services to the wider New Zealand community.