Project Management/Engineering, 40+ years Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Power, Nuclear, and other major industries

Last Updated: 22nd August 2020 (over 2 years ago)

Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom


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Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level



Experience Summary:
I am a Certified Professional Engineer (P.Eng/PE) as well as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 35 years experience predominately within the energy sector including; Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Power, Nuclear, Railways, Telecoms, and other major industries that have over the years provided me with;
• International experience on a variety of projects and operations undertaken in challenging social, political, and often extreme climatic environments, working with people across a broad spectrum of nationalities and cultures.
• The ability to adapt quickly to changing work environments.
• Extensive experience of PMC, FEED, E&P, EPC, EPCM, EPCC, and EPCIC environments
• Experience in Project Engineering/Management, Risk Assessment, QA methods.
• Staff management & supervision, Training & presentation skills, computer literate with programming skills.
• Good working knowledge of many engineering disciplines, systems, and engineering/management software tools & packages.
• Broad knowledge and familiarity of various International Industrial & Engineering standards; ASME, ANSI, API, BS, EN, IEC, ISO, IEE, IEEE, ISA, etc.

Main Expat Experience:
Most Recent Overseas Assignment; Saudi Aramco Projects Dept. Saudi Arabia (2016, 2017, & 2018)
Previous Overseas Experience Includes; Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Sinai, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Industry Summary: Dates & Companies
Energy Sector; 1984 to 2019 (35+ years)
Oil & Gas Industry: 2016 to 2020 & 1983 to 1996
Offshore related; 2016 to 2020 & 1984 to 1996
Power Industry/Nuclear: 1996 to 2016 & 2019

Companies; SAUDI ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia), WAHA OIL (Libya),
SIRTE OIL (Libya), OTS (Libya), TEKNICA (Libya),
BRITISH GAS Exploration & Production (UK), SCOP (Iraq),
AGIP Comerint / Snamprogetti (Nigeria), KRPC - Kaduna Refinery & Petrochemical Company (Nigeria), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Energy / JACOBS (UK) UKA Energy, BN Fuels Ltd, Saudi Consolidated Electric Company (SCECO)

Telecoms, Railway Signalling, TV/Radio; 1988, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1973 to 1979 (12+ years)
Companies: British Telecom - BT (UK), National Railways of Zimbabwe - NRZ
South West African Broadcast Corporation - SWABC (Namibia)
NKF Kabel (Netherlands)

Main Qualifications;
Masters’ Degree - Management & Law (Health, Safety, Environmental) including;
Site Licencing & Permitting, Safety Legislation, Functional Safety
MSc- Engineering - Software - Process Control
BSc - Technology
HNC - Engineering
NCD HNC - Engineering
CGLI- IEE Electrical Regulations 15th Edition
NCD Cert’ - Programmable Logic Control (PLC) Systems
MPT - Communications / Electronics & Navigation Systems
CGLI - Tele/Radio-communications
ULCI - General Engineering

International, EU, & UK Institution & Society Memberships:
Registered Professional Engineer - P.Eng, PE, Ing.P.Eur
Certified Project Management Professional - PMI PMP
Institution of Analysts & Programmers – Fellow FIAP
Institutions of Engineering Designers – Member MIED
United Kingdom Energy Lawyers Group - UKELG
International Bar Association – Member MIBA


Aberystwyth University, UK
Masters Degree in Management & Law

   Feb 2012
— Jun 2015

Project Management Institute - PMI
Certified Project Management Professional - PMP

   Mar 2003
— Aug 2020

International Union of Professional Engineers

   Jul 1998

P.Eng / P.E Professional Engineer

U.I.D.P. Europe

   Jan 1997

European Professional Engineer Registration (Ing.P.Eur)

Institution of Engineering Designers
MIED - Member

   May 1993

Certified Member of Institution of Engineering Designers

Institution of Analysts & Programmers
FIAP - Fellow

   Nov 1991

Elected Fellow of the Institution of Analysts & Programmers

Teesside University, UK

   Sep 1990
— Sep 1991

Master of Science; Engineering - Software - Process Control

Open University, UK
BSc Technology

   Feb 1990
— Dec 1994

Bachelor of Science in Technology

New College Durham, UK

   Sep 1987
— Jul 1988

Higher National Certificate in Engineering

New College Durham, UK

   Sep 1987
— Jun 1988

Higher National Certificate in Instrumentation & Control Engineering

Wray Castle Marine College, UK
MPT Marine Engineering

   Sep 1979
— Jul 1980

Ministry of Post & Telecommunications Registration Examinations

Wray Castle Marine College, UK
City & Guilds (C&GLI) Final Certificate

   Sep 1979
— Jun 1980

City & Guilds of London Institute (C&GLI) Technicians Final Certificate

Openshaw Technical College, UK
City & Guilds (C&GLI) Intermediate Certificate

   Sep 1975
— Dec 1975

City & Guilds of London Institute (C&GLI) Technicians Intermediate Certificate

Stockport Technical College
ULCI in Engineering

   Jan 1974
— Jun 1974

Union of Lancashire & Cheshire Institutes (UCLI) in General Engineering


Saudi Aramco
Subject Matter Expert - Projects

   Dec 2019
— Current

Location; Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Employed as; Subject Matter Expert - Projects
Project; SAUDI ARAMCO Marjan Development Project

Job Purpose/Role;
To provide project management and engineering expertise relating to large projects on a case by case requirement basis and support the Senior Management Team on all project management related matters. Provide expertise gained from extensive experience in EPC project execution (including FEED and commissioning stages) and acquired knowledge of Engineering and Construction, including field experience and a strong background in project management.

Main Third Party Company Interfaces;
McDermott, WorleyParsons, Emerson

Key Responsibilities and Duties;
• Providing realistic and practical solutions to operational engineering and project management challenges.
• Evaluating potential existing and new manufacturers for technical competence and compliance.
• Reviewing engineering and design proposals for large project.
• Reviewing and developing engineering and design documentation, including engineering procedures, standards and specifications.
• Monitor both company and EPC Contractor progress and quality and confirm acceptability.
• Monitor and review construction practices, including design control, document control, interface management and special processes.
• Surveillance of EPC Contractor’s activities to ensure compliance with project requirements, specifically project quality requirements.
• Provide a main engineering interface between company departments, Project Management Consultants (PMCs), EPC Contractor, other parties.
• Third Party Company interfacing, monitoring, and surveillance as required; inspections, vendor vetting, Factory Acceptance Testing (FATs), Technical Query Handling (TQs), construction matters, Site Acceptance Tests (SATS), and other relevant activities of third parties involved.
• Performing studies in applicable project related issues and prepare reports and feedback for presentation to engineering and management personnel.
• Participating in scheduled reviews relating to; project progress, safety, hazards analysis, HAZOP, HAZID, LOPA, SIL assignment, design revisions, and active involvement in all other relevant meetings and reviews.
• Working collaboratively with managers, design engineers, operation engineers, purchasers and other internal personnel.
• Liaising with clients, suppliers, contractors and relevant authorities.
Requirements Associated with Job Role;
• Bachelors’ degree in relevant field (Engineering/Management), Masters’ Degree preferred.
• PMP Certification or equivalent formal project management qualification with relevant experience.
• Strong project background, including full project life cycle experience from determination of business needs through to construction, commissioning, start-up and operations.
• Specific experience in management and engineering within the energy industry sector.
• Good knowledge of materials and material selection
• Knowledge of safety critical systems, hazardous area design implementation, and associated engineering disciplines.
• Knowledge and experience of working with appropriate national and international standards.
• Experience on selected project vendor’s PCS (project control system) and FAT (factory acceptance test)
• Extensive knowledge of and experience with Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD), Fire Alarm & Detection Systems (FADS), Distributed Control System (DCS), Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA), Telemetry & Telecoms Systems, and their implementation.
• Computer literate with advanced level of experience in use of office and technical/engineering software
• Good knowledge of English, both written and verbal

Main Competencies;
• Plan, Organize, & Manage
• Analyze & Solve problems
• Promote Safety
• Communicate openly & effectively
• Incorporate Project & Engineering Knowledge & Expertise

EDF Energy / Jacobs
Project Manager

   Mar 2019
— Current

Project Management Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following;
• Directing and leading activities and personnel associated with the full lifecycle of the project within the programme
• Managing the performance of other Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers, and Project Engineers, and taking responsibility for the delivery of either a large complex project, a programme, or a small portfolio of projects
• Successful project delivery from concept design to handover and closure stages in accordance with safety, cost, scope, quality and time in line with the overall project schedule, meeting all business and technical requirements
• Anticipate, manage and resolve contract and package issues, identify risks and facilitate the resolution of all issues raised, develop and update the programme budget, and escalate any issues as necessary to the Delivery Manager (Programme Director)
• Identifying, implementing, and complying with all applicable technical, environmental, health, safety, quality, and security standards, client procedures and policies, and other relevant legislative and regulatory requirements
• Develop and implement the project execution plan for the delivery of the project
• Define the work scope to be delivered and the interfaces to the other elements of the programme
• Track progress against milestones, deadlines, and budget, and provide key stakeholders with reports on these matters
• Change management
• Fulfil all contractual requirements and deliverables
• Evaluate, organize, and priorities workload within project schedules
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all project team members, stakeholders and advisory services
• Liaising with Project Sponsors to ensure the business benefit is being delivered
• Manage, Coordinate, Direct, and Support a team of Project Engineers, Designers, Engineers & Technicians, and other engineering support staff.
• Securing the required resources to meet project requirements, ensuring the maintenance of SQEP for any assigned resource and promptly identifying any personnel shortfalls or issues within their project team
• Manage up to 5 direct reports - plus a matrix team of other disciplines forming the project delivery team
• Leading and coaching team members as part of creating a positive team working environment
• Interaction with Site Construction Teams involving the management of design, procurement; commercial and construction resources of between 10 and 50 staff,
• Third Party Company interfacing, monitoring, and surveillance as required; inspections, vendor vetting, Factory Acceptance Testing (FATs), Technical Query Handling (TQs), construction matters, Site Acceptance Tests (SATS), and other relevant activities of third parties involved.
• Acting as coach and mentor to other Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers, Project Engineers and project team members in developing their project management knowledge, skills, and experience
• Direct accountability for contract management with values typically within the region of £250k to £500m (generally single contracts).
• Interface with other programmes to ensure a high-level view of how the total project is progressing and to identify and adopt the use of best practice

Saudi Aramco / SRACO
Field Operations & Maintenance Representative - Projects

   Aug 2016
— Sep 2018

Role; Project Management & Engineering
Employed as; Field Operations & Maintenance Representative - Projects
Departments supported; Engineering & Coordination Division (E&CD), Capital Projects Unit, Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Unit, Construction, Commissioning,
Operations & Maintenance, Offshore Projects Department, Hook-Up & Tie-In Unit,
Salary; £135000+ pa

Projects Managed;
• RTU replacement plus SCADA upgrade for 103 production facilities (US $84M)
• Field SCADA host migration and subsea cable upgrade (US $32M)
• ESD system replacement for 29 production facilities (US $12M)
• Control system upgrades for 15 production facilities (US $1.5M)
• Top Side Upgrade for 14 production facilities (US $8M)
• Numerous ongoing Well Hook-Up & Tie-In projects valued less than US $1M including associated Permanent Down Hole Monitoring System (PDHMS), Smart Well Completion (SWC), and Intelligent Field (I-Field) requirements.

Main Third Party Company Interfaces; WorleyParsons, KBR, Wood Group/Mustang, Emerson, McDermott, Saipem, RAYMAR, Pentair

• Assisting Saudi Aramco senior management in developing project objectives through review processes of; identified business needs, project requests & proposals, Scopes of Work (SOWs), plans, schedules, and conferring with Saudi Aramco senior management, key stakeholders, and other affected parties.
• Interpret Saudi Aramco project requirements
• Identify engineering & safety problems to ensure viable solutions are recognized, agreed, and implemented
• Evaluate, organize, and priorities workload within project schedules
• Liaise with third party companies and contractors to ensure targets, milestones, materials, equipment, and deliverables are met in-line with project requirements.
• Provide a main engineering interface between Project Management Companies (PMCs), Contractors, other third parties, and Saudi Aramco.
• Organize and chair project meetings as required, and maintain formal records such as ‘Minutes of Meetings’ (MOMs)
• Maintain project schedules through analysis of project plans and specifications; calculating time requirements and sequencing project elements.
• Provide support in respect of reviewing designs, specifications, plans & schedule changes, and recommending appropriate actions as required.
• Prepare weekly project status reports through collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends, including notification of identified actions required.
• Act as a project and engineering representative in regard to Third Party Company; inspections, vendor vetting, Factory Acceptance Testing (FATs), Technical Query Handling (TQs), construction matters, Site Acceptance Tests (SATS), and other relevant third party activities.
• Arrange and coordinate third party project site activities such as; site surveys, site visits, contracted work execution, and other third party project related site activities.
• Maintain project records, spreadsheets, DBs, and other project control software and documentation
• Working within relevant Saudi Aramco safety objectives and legal requirements
• Maintain and ensure safe clean working environments by implementing appropriate procedures, rules, working practices, and regulations.
• Maintain product and company reputation by complying with applicable company, national, and international engineering & safety standards.
• Contribute to team effort by accomplishing expected project results

UKA Energy Authority
Project Manager / Engineer

   Apr 2000
— Aug 2016

Job Roles; Appointed Project Manager and Operator Representative for a number of new and ongoing projects. Appointed; Risk Assessor, Electrical Specialist Risk Assessor, and several Area Supervisor positions. Involved in a variety of Project & Engineering support roles relating to the requirements of UK Atomic Energy Authority’s ongoing projects.
Duties; Full project life-cycle Project Management & Operator representative duties during long periods of scheduled shutdown. Outside of shutdown periods, similar duties also undertaken but primarily relating to front-end project activities. During operational periods, in addition to some front-end Project Management activity periods, day-to-day duties also related to operations & maintenance, including; engineering support, risk assessor / specialist risk assessor, and area supervisor duties.

NRL Engineering / BN FUELS Limited UK
Project Engineer

   Aug 1996
— Apr 2000

Job Roles; Project Engineering and commissioning support, Training Needs Analysis, and other project support roles required during the installation, commissioning, acceptance, and initial operations & maintenance project stages of the Thorp group’s new MOX fuel facility.
Duties; Involved in a variety of Engineering project support activities required for the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of the Thorp Group MOX fuel plant. Including duties associated with site licence compliance, Installations Inspectorate audits and visits, training needs analysis of project personnel, vendor vetting, third party site inspections, project presentations, design reviews, factory & site acceptance tests (FATs & SATs), and other project support duties as required. In addition to direct project stage activities, a personal background of Electrical, Control & Instrumentation Engineering ensured duties of heavy involvement in engineering support relating to all stages of manufactured fuel production.

AGIP Comerint / Snamprogetti - Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Senior Maintenance & Training Co-ordinator

   Jan 1996
— Jul 1996

Location; KRPC - Kaduna Refinery & Petrochemical Plant- Nigeria
Employed as; Senior Maintenance & Training Co-ordinator
Duties; Operational & Training support/coordination required for NNPC’s Refinery and Petrochemical (LAB) Plant at Kaduna, including preparation and production of; operations & maintenance procedures, personnel development & training plans, and engineering course delivery requirements relating to the Automation, EC&I, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics, Telecoms and other associated technical disciplines applicable to the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry. Duties also included direct management & supervision of local NNPC operational engineering & technical staff.

Waha Oil Company, Sirte Oil Company, OTS, & Teknica
Senior Engineering & Training Consultant

   Jan 1995
— Dec 1995

Location; Libya & UK - Including Tripoli, Brega, & Oil field sites throughout Libya.
Employed as; Senior Engineering & Training Consultant
Duties; O&M / Training needs analysis and assistance applicable to Oil refineries and petrochemical plants throughout Libya. Supervision and control of staff and activities associated with setting up & initial development of training and maintenance workshops, including course delivery for the Control Instrumentation, Telecoms, and associated disciplines applicable to Oil, Gas and Petrochemical industries.

British Gas Exploration & Production Ltd

   Feb 1992
— May 1994

Location; British Gas Morecambe Bay Field Support Base, Heysham, UK.
Employed as; Systems Engineer.
Duties; Management, supervision, and control of British Gas’s support base; electronic, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and well services workshops and associated shore based personnel supporting the Morecambe bay gas field. Duties also included; Direct Offshore Engineering & Technical support, design and construction of dedicated test facilities as required for Fire & Gas, ESD, and Process control equipment of offshore systems. Involved in all aspects of work relating to the interests of the various engineering departments e.g. vendor vetting, upgrade/modifications specification reviews, design reviews, factory & site acceptance tests (FATs & SATs), feasibility studies, and other relevant engineering activities.

Various including; Saudi Aramco, Iraq SCOP (Strategic Crude Oil Pipeline), see Description below for main list
Various Project and Engineering Positions

   Sep 1973
— Jan 1992

Main Companies During Career since 1973; SAUDI ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia), WAHA OIL (Libya), SIRTE OIL (Libya), OTS (Libya), TEKNICA (Libya), BRITISH GAS Exploration & Production (UK), SCOP (Iraq), AGIP Comerint / Snamprogetti (Nigeria), KRPC - Kaduna Refinery & Petrochemical Company (Nigeria), EDF Energy / JACOBS (UK) UK Atomic Energy Authority, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, Saudi Consolidated Electric Company (SCECO, British Telecom - BT (UK), National Railways of Zimbabwe - NRZ, South West African Broadcast Corporation - SWABC (Namibia), NKF Kabel (Netherlands)

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