Clive Mather is the Chairman of Tearfund. Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency, mobilising a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty. Through its disaster relief capacity, it is able to bring front line emergency help to those communities ravaged by war, earthquake or other calamities. Haiti is a prime example in 2010. Through its advocacy, Tearfund highlights the impact of climate change, injustice and corruption on those least able to cope. It calls governments and global institutions to account, arguing for concerted global action and a fairer allocation of resources to meet the needs of the poor and oppressed. Clive has been Chairman since 2008 and has visited Tearfund's work in more than 40 countries, encouraging partners and local churches.
He is Chairman of the Shell Pensions Trust Ltd, one of the biggest defined benefit pension funds in the UK. The Trust oversees the investment and management of the Shell Contributory Pension Fund, providing benefits for 40,000+ active and retired members of Royal Dutch Shell in the UK. He also Chairman of Shell's new UK defined contribution scheme, the UK Shell Pension Plan Trust Limited which started in 2013. He serves as a Director of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) which works to develop and commercialise technologies which will reduce carbon and other GHG emissions in Canada.
In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association and stepped down in 2017 after serving his full term of 9 years as a Trustee. He is the former Chairman of Iogen Corporation, a Canadian bio-technology company specialising in enzyme technology and based in Ottawa. Iogen is the leading producer of cellulosic ethanol. He served as a Director for 10 years of which 9 were as Chairman. He retired in July 2017.
Mather is a former employee of Royal Dutch Shell.He joined Shell in the United Kingdom 1969 and retired in 2007. His career included assignments in Brunei, Gabon, South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and the UK where he was Chairman of Shell UK Limited between 2002 and 2004. His last position was as President and CEO of Shell Canada Ltd based in Calgary, prior to its take over by Royal Dutch Shell Limited.
Mather was formerly Chairman of the UK Government/Industry CSR Academy, Deputy Chairman of the Windsor Leadership Trust and Chairman of the IMD Business Advisory Council in Switzerland. He has held a number of public appointments in the UK including Commissioner for the Equal Opportunities Commission, Chairman of the Petroleum Employer’s Council and Chairman of the Lambeth Education Action Zone. In July 2009 he was appointed as one of the 12 members of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy in Alberta. He has also served on the Royal Anniversary Trust for some 7 years.
Mather was educated at Warwick School and Lincoln College, Oxford. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He speaks on issues of leadership, ethics, the environment and energy internationally.
In November 2013 Mather gave a lecture in the Palace of Westminster to the Christian Association of Business Executives on the occasion of its 75th birthday. It was entitled "Time travel - has big business lost its compass?" For the full text see http://www.cabe-online.org/
In October 2004 Mather gave a speech to the Evangelical Alliance in London entitled “Trust: Whose business is it” during which he said “Meticulous compliance with all the new regulations is a must, but will not be enough. We have to try harder; we have to set the highest standards in everything we do, because trust is essential to our business.”
Mather has been involved with the Relationships Foundation to whom he has said "Concern for relationships is a vital part of sustainable development – whether economic, environmental or social - and must feature in political debate and decision making".