I joined Hawker Siddeley Aviation Limited (later national and established to become British Aerospace) as an apprentice in 1974. After a four-year apprenticeship and qualifying as a General Aeronautical Engineer, I worked in full-scale fatigue testing of airframes (Phantom and Buccaneer) and components for other aircraft for a year.
In 1979 I joined Shell in Holland as a driller. A year later I was posted to Brunei where I worked as an Assistant Driller and Driller on land and offshore rigs.
In 1985 I left for British Gas based in London and then Easington (on the coast of Yorkshire), responsible for operations on the Rough platform. It was during my time in London that I met Andrew Mackay, then working for the UK Department of Energy in London. After 3 years the project was complete and rather than return to the London office, I started consulting as a Drilling Supervisor offshore. I have consulted ever since, working in over 30 countries in operations, training and facilitating workshops. I became a Chartered Engineer in 1995. I’m also a Member of the Institute of Industrial Accident Investigators and have carried out forensic investigations of several technically complex incidents.
I joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2016, completed the International Arbitration training pathway and peer interview to become a Fellow of the Institute.
I have also published two Drilling books (see ) I created an online Drilling course for Robert Gordon University, see the first module free at .
My Linkedin profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/st
For fun I enjoy flying light aircraft, sometimes inverted, and riding motorbikes on and off road.
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