3rd Annual

Offshore Safety Conference USA 2014

Sep 29-Oct 1 // Doubletree By Hilton Houston - Greenway Plaza, Houston, USA

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Experts Speakers to deliver critical Process Safety and Human Factors Insight at the OSC 2014!

We have invited the industry's leading experts to lead and deliver new strategies in Process Safety and Human Factors Managent in upsteam oil and gas. With leading operators, contractors and service providers already confirmed to attend, secure your place here now to join over 300 senior decision makers at this landmark event.

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Kevin Lacey
Kevin Lacy

Executive Vice President, Technical Staff and Disciplines,

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Kevin joined Talisman Energy as the Senior Vice President of Drilling and Completions in February 2010. Kevin Lacy has worked in the oil & gas industry for the past 32 years. His career began with Chevron U.S.A. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kevin rose through the ranks of Chevron in various roles in drilling, production, and asset management to ultimately become Vice President of Global Drilling and Completions at the merger of Chevron and Texaco.

After spending 26 years with Chevron, Kevin retired from Chevron and joined BP in July 2006 where he initially held the role of D&C Head of Discipline for the Western Hemisphere. He then held the position of VP for Drilling and Completions in the Gulf of Mexico. He was responsible for the central team established in 2008 to manage all drilling and completions operations for the Gulf of Mexico.

Kevin has traveled to over 45 countries and lived in five outside the US. He holds a bachelor of science with honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Kevin received the International Association of Drilling Contractors Exemplary Service Award in 2007. He was elected to the Tulsa University Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002.

Kevin is married to Kate and has 4 children: Sheehan, Paul, Eric and Laura.

John Turley John Turley
Author of "The Simple Truth: BP's Macondo Blowout"
and retired VP of Worldwide Drilling for Marathon Oil

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John Turley's resume includes Phillips Petroleum, Fluor Ocean Services, Tenneco Oil, Marietta College (professor, petroleum engineering), and twenty-five years with Marathon Oil, as Gulf Coast drilling manager, U.K. operations manager, manager of worldwide drilling, and VP of engineering & technology.  His academics include petroleum engineering (Colorado School of Mines), ocean engineering (U of Miami), and executive education at Harvard.  Following BP's April 2010 blowout, Turley studied well data and investigative reports, ignored finger-pointing and hearsay evidence, and assessed the cause of the blowout from engineering and management perspectives.  Mr. Turley speaks to academic, business, and civic groups on the topic.  More information can be found in his Website:  JohnTurleyWriter.com

Patrick Hudson Emeritus Professor Patrick Hudson
Delft University of Technology

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Patrick Hudson is a psychologist with wide experience of safety and management in a variety of high-hazard industries. He has worked with the Oil and Gas sector, both upstream and downstream, commercial and military aviation, shipping, mining and hospital medicine. He was one of the developers of the Tripod model for Shell, together with Jim Reason and Willem Wagenaar, better known as the Swiss Cheese model. He was part of Shell's team developing the theory of SMS in response to Piper Alpha and am now involved in teaching and developing SMS concepts in Civil Aviation, primarily in Asia and Australasia. He also developed the HSE Culture ladder, together with Dianne Parker and is now working on improving concepts of risk analysis in hospital medicine, transferring knowledge and experience between industries.
Patrick us now emeritus professor at Delft University of Technology in The Human Factor in Safety at the Department of Safety Science.

Specialties: Psychology, aviation safety, Oil and Gas HSE, patient safety, Nuclear engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, design.


Brad Muir Brad Muir
Director of Global Drilling and Completions, Vice President, Technical and Operations Solutions
Nexen Energy ULC

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  • Brad Muir – Director Global Drilling and Completions with accountability for all Nexen operated D&C activity worldwide
  • 34+ years in industry – the majority of which has been in drilling and completions.  Have worked in 32 countries covering the majority of basins, offshore and onshore, in a variety of engineering, operations and management positions including  8 years of wellsite supervision.
  • Previously with Petro Canada and subsequently BHP Petroleum, Brad has been with Nexen 16 years
  • Brad has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary
Martyn Fear Martyn Fear
Husky Energy

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Husky Energy
Martyn Fear is Vice President of Drilling and Completions, for Husky Energy’s Atlantic Region, stationed in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His responsibilities include leadership of drilling & completions activity in an area of the NW Atlantic stretching from offshore Newfoundland, up to Greenland. Martyn is also a senior member of the Management team for the region, and a member of Husky’s Extended Upstream Leadership team. Prior to joining Husky in 2010, Martyn spent 21 years with BP, working and living in 7 different countries and supporting operations in 10 more, in a variety of wells and associated roles. Martyn is a B.Sc graduate of the University of Birmingham, England, and is married with two young children.
Gary Clifton Gary Clifton
Sr. Staff EHS Specialist - SEMS D&C Support Lead

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  • Currently Senior Staff Regulatory Analyst – SEMS Drilling and Completions Lead
  • 30 years of oil and gas experience including 24 years with Exxon Mobil
  • Certified Project Management Professional – PMI
  • Past 2 years working on SEMS with drilling and completions  
Steve Eckman Steve Eckman
Drilling Superintendent for Deepwater GOM

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Speaker bio coming soon.
Garry Kolafa Garry Kolafa
Exploration Systems International

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Exploration Systems International

Garry Kolafa is a University of Miami, Fla. graduate, where he studied directly under the late Dr. CesareEmiliani, the father of paleooceanography and paleoclimatology, as well as the late Dr. Frederick Nagle, a leading authority on Caribbean Geology, and Dr. Jerry Stipp , today a leading authority in Radiocarbon Dating technology.

Garry also worked under Dr. Homer Hiser and Dr. H.V. Senn , at the U. of M. Remote Sensing Laboratory in Hurricane Research Studies,  and has been acknowledged in their works. 

After university days, Garry  directly entered the Oil & Gas Industry and worked in standard operations in wireline logging and exploration surveys, worldwide.

He became the technical and sales manager of a small but highly active geophysical supply and service company (WDS, Western Data Systems) based in Munich and Houston, and helped break the ice with Eastern Europe. Garry then helped introduce “state  of the art” mass storage systems which could control  as much as 10 Petabytes, back in 1992, to a select worldwide high end market, both in Research, and the Oil and Gas Industry. 

Garry joined CGG (CompagnieGenerale de Geophysique) to  help insure that these systems were applied correctly in Shell’s operations, which included managing a massive transcription project for PDO (Petroleum Development Oman).

Garry has since been consulting for major companies such as Saudi Aramco, ENI/AGIP/NAE, and the Kuwait Oil Company. 

Garry founded Exploration Systems International Ltd. for consulting and trading. Garry also has represented Subeo Ltd. (Submarine Engineering Organization) since 2001, and developed an innovative atmospheric regeneration system for nuclear powered submarines. 


David Pritchard David Pritchard
Successful Energy Practices

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Successful Energy Practices

Mr. Pritchard obtained a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1970, and has over 43 years of oil and gas production, exploration, operations and drilling experience.  He has consulted for over twenty (20) major and national oil companies, independents, chemical companies and all major service providers in over twenty (20) locations across the globe.  He is a registered professional engineer and expertise includes drilling hazards management and training, well planning, execution and analysis with a focus on risk, particularly related to narrow margin drilling and High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) operations. Mr. Pritchard has co-authorship of several Major Oil company key processes, such as stage-gated well design planning and execution, Management of Change (MOC) and risk and uncertainty management.

Mr. Pritchard has authored or co-authored 16 industry publications, a Deepwater patent, and was selected as Co-Chair for the Technical committee for the Deepwater Horizon Study Group.

Speaker bio coming soon.
Soon Oscar Gabaldon
Senior Operators Manager
Blade Energy Resources

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Blade Energy Resources

Oscar has more than 17 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes projects in Underbalanced and Managed Pressure Drilling worldwide with significant experience in South America.

After earning his Engineering degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Oscar joined MI Drilling Fluids as UBD Operator. After a short period, he was supervising aerated mud jobs in Venezuela, Bolivia and Abu Dhabi. During his time with Weatherford, Oscar spent some time as Latin America UBD engineering support and finally as Eastern Venezuela Operations Manager for UBD. In early 2007, Oscar joined Blade Energy as Rotational Project Manager in a large MPD project in Southern Mexico. Following that assignment, he went to Algeria for a tight gas UBD project. In 2009 moved to work full time in Blade’s Dallas office, mainly supporting UBD and MPD projects, as well as teaching UBD and MPD related courses. Since July 2013 Oscar is Operations Manager, looking after the rotational project engineers and project managers, globally.

During his career, Oscar has worked in UBD and MPD projects involving Mist, Aerated mud, single and 2 phase drilling, HPHT, etc., in all engineering phases: feasibility, detailed engineering design, field implementation, end of well analysis and reporting. His experience includes HAZID and HAZOP processes and also developing and teaching Blade’s UB Operations & Well Control (IADC WellCAP accredited), Advanced UBD Well Design, and MPD Well Design courses. Oscar serves in the IADC UBO & MPD Committee and is a member of SPE and ASME.

Shawn “Twitch” Grenier Shawn “Twitch” Grenier
Leadership and Team Performance Consultant

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Shawn Grenier grew up in Southern California and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation he reported for flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1987.

With over 20 years of valued leadership experience in aircraft maintenance, quality assurance, squadron operations, aircrew instruction, and staff planning, Twitch is a proven project manager with a record of successfully exceeding required objectives.

He served in multiple FA-­‐18 squadrons including deployments to the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. While with VFC-­‐12 in Oceana, Virginia. He became a fully qualified Adversary Pilot and attended the adversary course at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School in Miramar. After a year in Newport, Rhode Island attending the Naval War College, he became the Officer-­‐in-­‐Charge of VFA-­‐204 and was selected for command. Shawn joined the “Hunters” of VFA-­‐201 as Executive Officer in April 2002 and assumed Command in July of 2003. Following Command, he served as a Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John McCain. He then served as the Director of Senate Affairs for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon.

He retired after more than 25 years. During his time in the Navy he has logged over 3000 hours and 355 carrier landings in Naval Aircraft. Following retirement from the Navy, he joined the Check Six team and currently serves as the Africa/Middle East Client Manager.

He and his family live in Denver, CO.
Ron Sweatman Ron Sweatman
Principal Advisor - Petroleum Engineering
Baker Hughes

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Baker Hughes

Industry Career Experience Summary:

Prior to employment at Baker Hughes, worked in many positions at well service companies: BJ Hughes (now part of Baker Hughes) for 17 years, Western Petroleum Services, UK Ltd (part of Western Company of North America) for 4 years, and Halliburton for 17 years. Also worked on oilwell cement chemistry for 6 years at a cement manufacturing plant. In all, 45 of oil and gas industry experience while residing at 11 locations around the world. Obtained a broad range of oil and gas service company experience in well construction and production/injection applications including assignments in field-laboratory testing services, field/office engineering, operations/sales and engineering management, and regional/corporate technical support groups. Assignments included frequent travel to projects all over the world. 


Soren Risgaard Jeppesen Soren Risgaard Jeppesen
Senior Director, Head of QMHSE
Maersk Drilling A/S

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Søren Risgaard Jeppesen is the Head of QMHSE at Maersk Drilling and based at the company headquarter in Copenhagen, Denmark.

His coming from a shipping background and served as Master on cruise vessels and ferries as well as being trainer and facilitator for the global education of seafarers in safety and health.

In 2007 he joined the offshore industry and through his employment with Maersk Drilling he served on a number of units in the Norwegian Sector and it was from this offshore position he transferred to an onshore career as a QMHSE professional in 2009.
Joe Stough Joe Stough
Vice President for Innovation Technologies

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Joe Stough is the visionary and strategist behind the IMPACT ERM® Suite of Solutions, a key product in the IHS global EHS & Sustainability platform. With a professional background in large scale database software design and a graduate degree in Applied Statistics from the University of California, Stough has been leading the innovation of solutions that successfully combine the disciplines of enterprise-level business software and advanced statistical analysis.

Now with a large “collective” data set due to years of global usage of the IMPACT software, Stough’s primary focus is to capture the unique opportunity afforded by applying statistical methods to mine valuable findings from the EHS & Sustainability data set. His ongoing mission as the leader of Innovation Technologies at IHS is to continuously pursue the measurable organizational factors which yield both a safer work environment and more sustainable operations – so they can be “practically measured” by business leaders to drive continuous sustainability performance improvements.

Todd Lunsford Todd Lunsford
North American Manager - Operational Risk - Solution Engineering

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Todd Lunsford is a North American Manager of Solution Engineering for IHS, specializing in Operational Risk Management. He serves as an Operational Excellence (OE) consultant and project advisor to IHS customers, enabling them to make critical decisions using the insights gained from their business process data. Todd started his career as a principal consultant with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 1998, where he designed business processes that optimized financial, HR, and supply chain operations. He joined Syntex Management Systems in 2003, and Syntex was acquired by IHS in 2010. After 4 years of providing his consulting and project management expertise on large, global EHS system implementations, Todd became an IHS Solution Engineering Sr. Mgr. in January 2007. In this role, he assesses business problems pertaining to Operational Excellence & Risk Management, and provides solutions to improve and sustain business process performance.
Larry Russell  Larry Russell 
Principal Consultant
Behavioural Science Technology

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Behavioural Science Technology

Ted has more than 25 years of experience in organizational performance improvement, and applies the principles of the behavioral sciences with many of the world’s most respected corporations. He has facilitated goal-setting, decision-making, and planning processes with executive teams in more than two dozen countries.

Ted has dedicated his career to producing measurable business results by creating high-performance work environments. He recently helped one client launched a critical safety behaviors campaign; upgrade their subcontractor management processes; and improve communication and visibility with managers in the field. In less than 12 months, safety performance went from their worst in a number of years to the best in their history.

He also led the design and implementation of a leadership observation and feedback program that reduced incident rates five-fold in two years at an Asian shipyard with over 15,000 employees.

As a coach to the senior management at one of the world’s largest refineries, Ted helped transform the site’s investigation of serious environmental and safety incidents, reducing lost time accidents and achieving better reporting of near misses.

Prior to joining BST, Ted co-founded and served as president of a consulting firm for 15 years, providing custom training to more than 50 Fortune-1000 firms.

Throughout his career, he and his project teams have been recognized for outstanding contributions to human performance technology by the International Society for Performance Improvement, receiving five awards since 1991.

Ted holds a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University.

Norman Ritchie Norman Ritchie
Director and Owner
vPSI Group

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Norman Ritchie’s 29 years in the oil and gas industry have been split equally between Exploration & Production and consulting companies. Educated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, he has a technically broad, multidiscipline background gained through engineering and management positions in numerous operating units and capital projects. Ritchie’s experience covers the full hydrocarbon development life cycle from conceptual design to shut-down and decommissioning.

Since 1997, Ritchie has consulted in project management and enterprise risk management. As a Director of vPSI group, LLC, which he co-founded in 2003, Ritchie provides consulting and training in performance measurement and improvement, principally in the areas of risk, loss prevention, safety and problem solving.
Lewis Senior Lewis Senior
Senior Executive Coach and Co-CEO

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After 30 years in the oil industry, working my way up from roustabout to Offshore Installation Manager, and then becoming Health and Safety Manager for the largest drilling contractor in the world, I decided, along with three partners, to start a coaching company called Equilibria. Over the last ten years we have built an organization that truly makes a difference, and now we are in the process of going from being ‘a great little company’ to a ‘globally recognized brand’. We developed a simple process called the E-Colors that enhances self-awareness and an awareness of others. Many applications have evolved since its inception, and today, communication, leadership, teamwork, personal development, safety and risk mitigation are all impacted by the E-Colors and a self-management tool we call Personal Intervention.

In 2010 we expanded our sphere of influence and started working in schools, as well as industry, which was our main focus. We saw such a positive impact being made that in June 2013 we launched E-Colors in Education (ECiE), and now have a general Manager of ECiE dedicated to making our vision of E-Colors, ‘Every School, Every Nation’, a reality. We have developed a strategy of growing our organization on three fronts as we look to the future. We will continue to have a wonderful team of world-class coaches working with our clients, with a professional and consistent approach, continuously looking to enhance our offerings, but always remaining humble in the process. Another part of our business will be to empower people with a passion for taking what we do, into their own areas of expertise. We call these vertical industries. Education is the first and this will be closely followed by E-Colors in Sport, Law and Construction. The third part will be dedicated to offering the E-Colors and associated applications to the Rest of the World. This will be achieved through digital platforms and online user experiences.


Alec Harley Alec Harley
Head of Process Safety
Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin
Alec is a Control Systems engineer to background with 25 experience in Process Industries. He joined Real Time Engineering Limited from Rockwell Automation in 1997 as a Senior Consultant and held various roles including O&G Director specialising in Process Control. He led the O&G Business Unit for two years during the Sword acquisition and was the Energy lead for the management buyout that formed Amor Group in 2009.

Within Amor, Alec held several roles including interim Sales Director, Sector Director and formed the partnership with ScottishPower to develop the Process Safety offering. Following the acquisition of Amor by Lockheed Martin in late 2013 Alec is now Head of Process Safety with responsibility for development and delivery of the consultancy within the Information Systems & Global Solutions division.

Alec has been directly involved in the majority of Process Safety projects undertaken including GDF SUEZ, EDF Energy, DONG Energy, Centrica Storage, Oil & Pipeline Agency, Contact Energy and others.

His extensive business and programme management expertise along with a strong consultancy and engineering/technical skill set enable him to drive successful process safety management programmes within Energy businesses.


Kevin Graham Kevin Graham
Director of Compliance
M&H Energy Services

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M&H Energy Services
Kevin Graham has more than 20 years of experience managing regulatory requirements related to health, safety and environment. He has designed, developed and managed compliance efforts for a variety of clients in a variety of industries.  Before joining M&H, Kevin created and managed a compliance process/system which is now utilized by more than 50 oil/gas industry clients to document and monitor contractor-company and individual personnel qualifications.  He has, on behalf of his clients, participated in many State and Federal regulatory inspections throughout the US and has designed internal auditing processes for the purpose of ongoing compliance assessment.  Since joining M&H as the Director of Compliance, Kevin has overseen client projects related to many facets of onshore and offshore compliance issues.  Most notably, he was involved in developing and overseeing the M&H SEMS auditing program.  M&H conducted the first formal SEMS audit in the Gulf of Mexico and has, at this point, gone on to work directly with BSEE and more than two dozen offshore Operators in conducting SEMS-specific audits.
Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy
U.S Chemical Safety Board

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U.S Chemical Safety Board

Dr. Mulcahy joined the CSB in April 2009 and is currently supporting the Chemical Safety Board’s Deepwater Horizon investigation.  Previous CSB investigations she has been involved with include a fatal fireworks disassembly accident in Hawaii, a university laboratory accident at Texas Tech University that severely injured a graduate student, and fatal natural gas explosions at a ConAgra food plant and at the Kleen Energy construction site of a new power plant.  Dr. Mulcahy began her working career as a high school science teacher, but returned to school to earn her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  After graduate school, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation at the Instituto Balseiro in Bariloche, Argentina and then spent time doing research for a biotechnology company before coming to the CSB.  

Richard Tomlin Richard Tomlin
HSE Manager GoM
Rowan Drilling

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Rowan Drilling
Richard Tomlin serves as Manager, Health, Safety & Environmental Affairs for Americas at Rowan Companies located in Houston, Texas.

Joining Rowan in 2007 as floorman on a land rig, Richard quickly learned the aspects of drilling operations as well as equipment maintenance, and was soon promoted to HSE Compliance Coordinator, followed by Supervisor of Compliance Assurance during which time he supervised an international staff of 75 HSE technicians and was responsible for implementation of global audit criteria as well as global incident investigations.  Richard became HSE Manager for the Americas region in October 2012.  Richard is committed to development and implementation of programs and processes that support Rowan’s HS&E policies, working to achieve an injury-free work environment and the highest HS&E standards in the industry.

Richard’s experience is enhanced by numerous industry certifications and accomplishments, a few being TopSet Senior Investigator, TopSet Train the Trainer, ISO14001 Lead Auditor, Global and Regional Audit Development, and SEMS Development and Auditing.
Richard Tomlin Dr Gary Kenney
Senior Principal
VisionMonitor Software

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In the thirty-five years of experience Gary has accumulated since receiving his Doctoral degree, he has led the investigations into a series of accidents with consequences typically referred to as serious, severe and even catastrophic. Cumulatively these accidents have resulted in the loss of over 260 individuals’ lives, injuries to individuals far in excess of that. Property damage losses estimated at over US $100 Billion and most recently an accident that has been described as leading to worst offshore oil-spill in history. Details on the more notable accidents he has led the investigations on include:

2010 - BP Macondo - Deepwater Horizon Well Blowout and Fires (Gulf of Mexico)

               In April 2010 near the completion of drilling the Macondo well, which is at a depth of 1,500 meters in the Gulf of Mexico a blow-out occurred. Within minutes of the well-fluids reaching the deck of the offshore drilling rig the Deepwater Horizon, the entrained gases exploded. These explosions severely damaged the drilling rig most likely immediately killing eleven members of the drilling crew. The subsea blowout preventer (BOP) failed to contain or seal the well and the well continued to flow for 87 days resulting in what has been described as the worst oil-spill ever in the history of offshore oil and gas production.

               The US Department of Interior and the US Coast Guard convened a Board to conduct a joint investigation. All civil litigation was collated together into a Multi-District Litigation presided over by Judges Barbier and Sushan of the Fifth District Court of Eastern Louisiana.

               As parts of the investigations would include activity that could be considered destructive or compromising the evidence it was agreed between the two Regulators and the Court that the investigations would have to serve the needs of all three parties. In August Dr. Kenney was appointed to lead those independent technical investigations with a joint responsibility to the Department of Interior, the Coast Guard and the Fifth District Court.

1987 - Kings Cross Underground Station fire (London, UK), resulting in thirty-one fatalities and a Public Inquiry chaired by Mr. Justice Fennell, QC. Mr. Fennell appointed Dr Kenney as Project Manager investigating those causes and factors arising from the fires that led to the number of fatalities. Mr Fennell’s Public Inquiry sat for approximately five months. Mr Fennells’ Report was delivered to the Secretary of State for Transport in October 1988.

1988 - Piper Alpha Offshore Installation explosion and fires (UK Sector, North Sea), resulting in 167 fatalities and a Public Inquiry, chaired by Lord Cullen. Lord Cullen appointed Dr Kenney to direct all required technical investigations into the initial explosion and fires, the escalation of those fires and the failures to safely evacuate those aboard the installation. Lord Cullen’s Public Inquiry started in December 1988 and was completed in May 1990. His report was published in November 1990.

1998 - Longford Gas Plant flash and jet fires (Victoria, Australia), two fatalities and the loss of natural gas supply to the state of Victoria for approximately two weeks, resulting in a Royal Commission chaired by Sir Daryl Dawson. Sir Daryl appointed Dr. Kenney to investigate all of the causes and contributing factors leading to the initial events, their subsequent escalation and the inability to protect and secure the Victorian gas grid from such an event. Sir Daryl’s Royal Commission began hearing evidence in December 1998 and his Report to the Premier was delivered in June 1999.
Dan McKnight Dan McKnight
Production Manager
Helis Oil & Gas

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Helis Oil & Gas

I am married with two children, both married and a total of 4 grandchildren.

Graduated with a B.S. in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.

1981 to 1991:
10 years as a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron U.S.A. in New Orleans with roles over that period of time in Production, Drilling and Reservoir Engineering.

1991 to present:
23 years as a Petroleum Engineer with the Helis Oil & Gas Company in New Orleans with roles in Production, Drilling and Reservoir Engineering. Currently serving as the Production Manager with additional involvement within the company in Oil Spill Response and as a member of the SEMS development and implementation team.

Coming Soon Ray Smith
Special Projects Consultant
Walter Oil & Gas

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Ray Smith is a 32 year industry professional holding various operational and management positions for ODECO, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Grey Wolf Drilling and Precision Drilling. Mr. Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 1981 and was commissioned as Ensign in the USN in 1981.  Mr. Smith started his oilfield career with ODECO, later Diamond Offshore, in 1982.  Mr. Smith served on the Step Change in Safety Executive Board, Board of Directors for the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (UK) and Chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, North Sea Chapter. Mr. Smith is currently working as an independent consultant for Walter Oil & Gas and serving on the API Standard 53 Committee.


Soon Ellen Thomson
Staff HSE Representative

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Speaker bio coming soon.
Shawn M. Galloway Shawn M. Galloway
President & COO
ProAct Safety

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ProAct Safety

Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and coauthor of two books, his latest published Feb 2013 by Wiley is STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has consulted with hundreds of organizations within every major industry to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He has recently been listed in National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World. In addition to the books, Shawn has authored over 300 podcasts, 150 articles and 80 videos on the subject of safety excellence in culture and performance. He is also the host of the highly acclaimed weekly podcast series, Safety Culture Excellence and a columnist for several magazines.

Ken Wells Ken Wells
Lifeline Strategies

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Lifeline Strategies

Ken Wells has had a diverse career that includes association management, oil and gas safety management and journalism. On October first, he became the President of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the international organization representing the energy-related seismic and survey companies. Prior to that, he founded Lifeline Strategies, a safety and regulatory management consulting company that caters to the needs of the oil and gas industry. As an association management executive, he was the President of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) , representing the U.S. oil and gas workboat industry, and Vice President of the American Waterways Operators, representing the U.S. tug and barge industry. Prior to that, he was an award-winning television reporter in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In his capacity as President of OMSA, Mr. Wells helped form a formal safety partnership between industry and the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a part of the U.S. delegation at the International Maritime Organization process that revised the STCW Code.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the American University and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Soon Lincoln Stroh
Director of SEMS
Jodi Connor Consulting

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Jodi Connor Consulting
Lincoln has over 25 years of experience in maritime safety with over 10 years of experience in creating and examining process and safety management systems. His areas of expertise are marine safety, risk management, incident management, environmental protection and pollution response. 

Prior to JCC, Lincoln served over 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Captain. His Coast Guard operational specialties include vessel inspections, marine safety engineering, marine environmental response, incident management and response, and waterways operations and management. He holds a National Level Incident Commander (IC-T1) certification and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Mechanical Engineering. 

While in the Coast Guard, Lincoln served three tours in the Gulf of Mexico region, including Captain of the Port (COTP) in New Orleans, LA and in Corpus Christi, TX. As COTP in Corpus Christi, he oversaw the integration of MODUs Thunderhorse, Atlantis, and Independence Hub. As Deputy Director for Prevention Policy in Washington, DC, he oversaw the stand-up of the Coast Guard’s Outer-Continental Shelf Center of Expertise, and as a Staff Naval Architect at the Marine Safety Center he reviewed and approved MODU structures, stability and operation manuals. 

Lincoln has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He has two Master of Science Degrees from M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA; one in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, the other in Polymers. He also attended The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC as one of five Armed Forces Federal Executive Fellows


James Pettigrew James Pettigrew
Director of Operations
Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI)

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Former Navy Captain James Pettigrew is the Director of Operations for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). OESI provides a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government, industry and other non-government organizations in offshore-related technologies and activities that help ensure environmentally safe and responsible offshore operations. Pettigrew assumed the position of Director in May 2014.

Throughout his three decades in the Navy, Pettigrew worked predominantly in operational oceanography, surface warfare and information systems; managing and mitigating risk at all levels of operations. He served most recently as Chief of Staff for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he was responsible for the direction and leadership of a team of 150 people, who executed a $300 million annual budget, the operations of 4000 personnel worldwide, the nation's Master Clock, two world-class supercomputing facilities, and six military Oceanographic Survey Ships. He also had the privilege and honor of serving as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s Global Atmospheric Modeling Supercomputing Center (Fleet Numerical, in Monterey, CA) and as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s only forward deployed Operational Oceanography support center in Yokosuka, Japan.

Pettigrew received his Masters of Science in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and received his Bachelors of Science in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is also the recipient of numerous military awards.

Contact Jim at:
Director of Operations
Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI)
3122 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3122
phone 979-845-3339 or 979-845-3489
Commander James V Rocco Commander James V Rocco
Detachment Chief, National Center of Expertise
U.S. Coast Guard

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U.S. Coast Guard
In July 2012, Jim transitioned into his current assignment as Chief of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Center of Expertise after completing a two year assignment as the Coast Guard’s liaison to vessel and offshore classification societies. In his twenty one years with the Coast Guard, he has served in field assignments as a commercial vessel inspector and port operations officer working in the ports of Seattle, Morgan City Louisiana, and Chicago. Past field experiences have included oversight of multiple new vessel/facility construction projects and foreign flagged vessel examination initiatives, to managing coastal and offshore spill response capabilities. Additional Washington DC headquarters assignments include policy and procurement positions in the Offices of Navigation, Port and Facility Activities, the National Maritime Center, and the Coast Guard’s Office of Acquisitions. Jim is a 1989 graduate of Central Michigan University. He earned his MBA with a focus in Finance from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of International Public Policy with a focus in Energy Resources from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Heather Palmer Heather Palmer
Environmental Partner
Bracewell & Giuliani

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Bracewell & Giuliani
Heather Palmer offers clients in-depth environmental regulatory knowledge and experience in energy-related environmental issues.  As a partner in Bracewell’s environmental strategies group, Heather practices all aspects of environmental law, advising clients on regulatory requirements, assisting them in the evaluation and negotiation of corporate and real estate transactions and representing them in environmental litigation and enforcement matters. Her areas of focus include onshore and offshore oil and gas regulation; solid and hazardous waste; oil and gas waste; environmental remediation; water quality; water rights; wetlands; endangered species; Superfund litigation; and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. She plays a major role in advising clients on the environmental issues surrounding shale play development, hydraulic fracturing and the permitting, construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) import/export facilities in the U.S.

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Ostmeyer Kevin Lacey Patrick Hudson
Keynote Speaker John Turley
Author of "The Simple Truth: BP's Macondo Blowout"
and retired VP of Worldwide Drilling for Marathon
Keynote Speaker Kevin Lacy
Sr VP Global Drilling & Completions
Talisman Energy
Emeritus Professor Patrick Hudson
Delft University of Technology

Here is a sample of confirmed attendees for 2014!

Job Title Company
EHS Representative Anadarko
Senior Staff EHS Specialist - SEMS D&C Support Lead Anadarko
Drilling Superintendent - Deepwater GOM Anadarko
Worldwide Conventional D&C HSE Manager BHP Billiton Petroleum
Superintendent HSE - Analysis & Improvement, Major Projects BHP Billiton Copper
Health & Safety Team Lead BP
Contractor Audit Advisor - Wells BP
Management Team Lead


Contractor Safety BP
Contractor Safety BP
Contractor Safety Management HSE Advisor BP
Safety Programs Advisor BP
Safety Programs Advisor BP
Contractor Safety Management BP
Logistics Health & Safety Advisor BP
Upstream Marine Authority Chevron Asia
SEMS Manager ENI US Operating Company
Safety and Emergency Response Manager Eni Petroleum
International HSE Manager Marathon Oil
GoM HSE Manager Marathon Oil
Operations Manager Marathon Oil
HSE Supervisor Marathon Oil
Offshore Operations Superintendent  Marathon Oil
Director, Global Drilling and Completions Nexen CNOOC
VP Corporate HSE Nexen CNOOC
Manager HSE Global Drilling and Completions Nexen CNOOC
Manager Design and Operational Integrity – Global D&C Nexen CNOOC
GM Canada Well Construction Nexen CNOOC
EHS Manager Israel Noble Energy
EHS Project Lead Noble Energy
EHS Project Lead Noble Energy
Vice President - EHS Noble Energy
EH&S Director Noble Energy
Emergency Response Manager Noble Energy
EHS Manager - Cyprus Noble Energy
EHS Manager - Cyrpus Noble Energy
EHS Coordinator Noble Energy
Safety Lead Noble Energy
HSE manager Saipem
Senior Regulatory Specialist Shell
Well Operations Manager Shell
Chief - Offshore National Center of Expertise U.S. Coast Guard
Chief - Plans Section BOEM
Director of Operations Ocean Energy Safety Institute
Senior Investigator US Chemical Safety Board
Senior Director - Head of HSSE Maersk Drilling
Vice President of Operational Excellence Noble Drilling
HSE Manager Americas Rowan Companies
Commercial Manager ARMS Reliability
RCA and Incident Investigation Facilitator and Analyst ARMS Reliability
Regional Manager - USA Atlas Knowledge
Global Sales Lead Atlas Knowledge
Operations Manager Blade Energy Partners
Partner Bracewell & Giuliani
Executive Vice President BST Solutions
Vice President, Energy Services Bureau Veritas North America
Client Manager/Coach Check 6
Emeritus Professor Delft University of Technology
Regional Manager EORM
Co-CEO & Senior Executive Coach Equilibria
Managing partner Environment Group
Marketing Services Coordinator Fluke Corporation
QHSE & Operations Integrity Manager FTO Services
QHSE Lead FTO Services
Drilling & Completions Husky Energy
Independent Independent
Vice President, SEMS Services Jodi Connor Consulting
Head of Process Safety Lockheed Martin
Business Development M&H Energy Services
Director - Compliance M&H Energy Services
VP of Business Development Offshore Technical Compliance
CEO Offshore Technical Compliance
Drilling Supervisor OMV Petrom
President ProAct Safety
Owner Successful Energy
Senior Principal Vision Monitor
Director vPSI
Legal Counsel Wartsila North America

Brand New Features for 2014!

  • SEND UNLIMITED EMPLOYEES FOR ONE FLAT RATE – this discount program allows operating companies to send unlimited employees for one flat rate of US$4,995.
  • DRILLING AND WELLS PRE-CONFERENCE DAY – invite your drilling and wells team to develop new strategies to tackle the new risks and challenges presented by the deep water environment
  • CONNECTING 300+ DRILLING AND PRODUCTION MANAGERS – network with key decision makers including senior management personnel for Drilling & Completions, HS&E, Process Safety, Well Integrity and Control to engage in high-level business discussions that will set a new benchmark in offshore safety standards  

The assembly of operators, contractors, service providers, consultants, and industry and regulatory representatives was outstanding - without inhibiting open exchange

Jim Kepper, Regional Representative - Process Safety, Shell E&P

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Pre-Conference September 29 Interactive Workshops
  • Drilling Process Design and Improvement
  • Deep Water Drilling and Completion Challenges
  • Deep Water Well Complexity and Design
Sponsored Dinner and Official Opening Reception
Conference Day 1 September 30 Keynote Presentations
  • Operator Case Studies
  • The Next Level in Human and Organizational Management
  • Safety Culture
  • Risk Management Strategies
Networking Drinks Party
Conference Day 2 October 1 Topic specific presentations and expert panel discussions, including:
  • Regulatory Development and Criteria
  • Safety Management Systems (SEMS) and Audits
  • Contractor Management
  • Skills and Knowledge Management Systems
  • Training and Competency
End of Conference



A good overview of current SEMS issues was presented along with several practical solutions. The sessions were well organized and the two chairman did an excellent job

Robin Pitblado, Director, SHE Risk Management Services, DNV

A Journey to Enhanced Safety and Organizational Reliability

To address the critical process safety (major accident risks) challenges in offshore drilling and production activities, DecomWorld’s Offshore Safety Conference is returning to Houston for its 3rd year running. It aims to raise the bar in offshore standards for drilling and production. We will bring you executive insight into successful strategies for safer drilling, completion and production practices that influence Organizational Safety Culture, Control Major Accident Risks and help you Achieve On-Going Reliability.

Expert speakers - representing operators, drilling contractors, service contractors, suppliers and regulators - will provide you and your teams with the most critical industry-wide challenges. Practical solutions will be delivered through a series of inspiring keynote presentations, interactive panel debates, Q&A’s, and stimulating discussions.

The comprehensive 3-day technical program covers it all - so you can rest assured that every angle of the industry will be covered - providing exceptional value for your organization.


Enjoyed the speakers; Great networking - attendees were engaging, professional, and experienced in issues similar to the ones I work with on a regular basis

Farley Burge, HSSE Legal Counsel, BP

Who Should Attend?

Everyone involved in drilling and production operations are responsible for safety and therefore must attend this conference to learn how they can improve their attitudes, approach and strategies for enhanced safety culture and organizational reliability.

Job functions that should attend the OSC 2014: 

  • Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Safety and Environment Management Systems (SEMS)
  • Offshore Operations/Operational Integrity
  • Gulf of Mexico (GOM)/Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Compliance
  • Deepwater/Offshore Drilling, Completions, and Production
  • Training
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Workforce Safety
  • Offshore/Process Engineering
  • Regulation

What people said about previous Offshore Safety conferences:


The conference was very informative and the cross section of the attendees allowed for effective networking opportunities

Tracy Burger, Shell E&P

Marathon Oil Corp

Great networking opportunity. Very reputable and experienced presenters

Terry Guillory, Marathon Oil Corp

Pacific Drilling

The conference exceeded my expectations and gave a good solid understanding of how SEMS will be implemented'

Neil Campbell, Pacific Drilling

A New Era for Offshore Safety

On April 20, 2010, a well control incident allowed hydrocarbons to escape from BP's Macondo well onto Transocean's Deepwater Horizon, resulting in explosions and a fire on the rig. Eleven people lost their lives, and 17 others were injured. The fire, fed by hydrocarbons from the well, continued for 36 hours until the rig sank. Hydrocarbons continued to flow from the reservoir through the wellbore and the blowout preventer (BOP) for 87 days, causing widespread environmental impact on an unprecedented scale. No one could have predicted the resulting impact of the disaster.

The incident demonstrated how a convergence of risk factors: significant planned organizational changes, a risk-heavy set of deep water wells, along with tremendous pressure to reduce cost, can result in a major loss of well control. Low frequency – high consequence events are entirely probable. The question now is no longer if, but when, the next incident will happen. And what can we do as an industry to prevent it from happening again?

The risks and complexities associated with deep water drilling and production operations will continue to grow as operators move into deep and ultra-deep water. The offshore drilling service market will grow from an estimated $73.1 billion in 2013 to $121.1 billion by 2018.  There are now 816 drilling rigs worldwide, each with around 100 employees managing the rigs. Combined with the erosion of the level of competency and high-staff turnover, can safety levels meet the required demand?

The industry has made exceptional progress so far, but has the industry done enough to ensure future readiness and effectiveness to contain the next deepwater spill? Can operators and drilling contractors guarantee that their safety management strategy is robust enough? How will the developing regulatory landscape impact the control of major accident hazards? What KPI’s measure real progress?

The general consensus across industry indicates that while developments so far are positive, much more needs to be done, in terms of both government policy and industry commitments.

In order to help industry move towards a high reliability sector the OSC 2014 has brought together regulators, drilling contractors, operators and leading safety experts to develop new strategies for better organizational safety culture and more robust safety management systems for drilling and production operations.

Adam Minkley

Adam Minkley
Adam Minkley
Project Director

Phone: +44 (0) 207 375 7239
Email: aminkley@decomworld.com
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U.S. Coast Guard
U.S Chemical Safety Board
Drilling Contractors
Rowan Drilling
Leading Offshore Services and Contractors
Lockheed Martin
Behavioural Science Technology
M&H Energy Services
Bracewell & Giuliani
ProAct Safety
Baker Hughes
Successful Energy Practices
Exploration Systems International
 Jodi Connor Consulting