Bob Nolan

Head Subsurface & Wells Support – Europe & Global Support Workstream Lead, Shell Global


Bob has first-hand experience of disability. Bob has been deaf since birth and is gradually losing all his sight but he continues to work full time and have a very active life inside and outside Shell.
In his presentation, Bob shares his “glass half full” attitude to life and work and how he has not allowed his disabilities to hold him back. Bob travels the world with Shell, has run marathons, cycled 1000’s of miles on a tandem and loves hill walking, photography and playing guitar … interesting hobbies for someone who does not hear or see well!
He also explores the behaviours necessary to deal with disabled people, which (funnily enough) are exactly the same as the behaviours needed to deal with non-disabled people.
Bob was recently nominated to carry the Olympic Torch for Shell UK. The honour recognised his positive attitude to life, his work in supporting deafblind people (as chair of Deafblind Scotland) and how he inspires others to make the best of themselves, in and out of Shell. The picture shows Bob carrying the Olympic Torch in June 2012 in Aberdeen, Scotland.