Simon Bennett was appointed General Manager for Sustainable Development for The China Navigation Company in August 2011. This portfolio includes responsibility for Corporate Philanthropy, Employer of Choice, the Environment, Health and Safety and Supply Chain Management.
He went to sea as a Navigating Cadet in 1978 and has worked for the Swire group for the past 32 years, initially with Swire Pacific Offshore. After a number of tours as Master in command he came ashore and served as HSE Manager, Country Manager in Brunei, Project Manager, Marketing Manager, General Manager for a joint venture operating three ice-breaking PSVs in the Russian Far East and since Sep 2008 as General Manager both for Training and for Sustainable Development for Swire Pacific Offshore Operations Pte Ltd.

Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Environmental Sciences majoring in Meteorology and Oceanography and has a Diploma in Safety Management issued by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. He has attended executive programmes at INSEAD and was awarded the Reserve Decoration as Lt. Cdr. in the Royal Naval Reserve.