Patrick C K O'Ferrall, OBE

Artist: June Mendoza

In office from: 1993 - 1999

Background: Oil industry

O'Ferrall regarded his biggest challenge as Chairman as overseeing the development of the organisation's computer and operating systems. After army service in the Middle East, he graduated from oxford in 1958 and then spent 32 years in the oil industry, finally becoming director of Total Oil Marine (Engineering and Construction) Ltd. While with Total he was awarded an OBE in 1989, in recognition, he believed, of his work in coordinating the £1.5 billion Alwyn North project in the North Sea.

O'Ferrall was fluent in Arabic and French, as he worked in the Middle East for companies including Iraq Petroleum and BP.

Joining Lloyd's Register's General Committee in 1989, he became Deputy Chairman in 1991, and Chairman in 1993, where he was proud to have attended meetings of 12 out of the 16 National Committees. He was the Society's nineteenth Chairman, but was the first not to come from a shipping or insurance background.

Patrick O'Ferrall had a further career after retiring, taking holy orders and becoming a Church of England minister in Surrey. He was following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who were all parsons.

Related links:

Alwyn North

Maria Tsakos Foundation O'Ferrall bio

A Society of integrity

"We would rather lose business than compromise our standards" - Patrick C K O'Ferrall