Operations Specialist

Last Updated: 22nd November 2019 (over 3 years ago)

Rhynie, United Kingdom



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Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
HNC/HND/City & Guilds



After completing my apprenticeship, college and serving in the armed forces, I have enjoyed over 30yrs in the oil and gas industry, much of this with independent oil and gas Companies. I have developed a flexible and pragmatic approach due to the diversity of positions held from ‘hands-on’ to Operations management, Maintenance and Projects throughout the full asset lifecycle to decommissioning and re-use of facilities. Working on small to major projects from concept through to commissioning and start-up in senior operations leadership roles. Providing technical standards guidance in design and operations.
I have been actively involved in organisational, staff development and competency assessment roles.


Bathgate Technical College / Willesden Technical College
City & Guilds Apprenticeship

   May 1981
— May 1985

Working for Mercedes Benz (UK) Ltd on indentured C&G Apprenticeship.


S&D Beeson Limited
Operations Specialist

   Nov 2019
— Current

Employer: S&D Beeson Limited
Position: Operations Specialist
Duration: November 2019 to present
Working as an independent Operations Specialist after approximately 2.5 years at ADIL. Practicing the diversity and wide-ranging world of Operations and Maintenance. Currently working in Bahrain as independent verifying consultant for the Bahrain LNG regasification project working on behalf of the National Oil and Gas Authority.

Employer: Asset Development and Improvement Limited (ADIL)
Position: Operations Specialist Lead
Duration: July 2017 to November 2019
A ‘hands on role’ leading a team of consultants to deliver operations excellence across hugely diverse oil and gas projects from concept select, FEED, brownfield and greenfield Operations, field life extension, Operations improvement, troubleshooting, maintenance reviews, competency assessments, PTW and isolation standards reviews, organisational restructuring, OPEX evaluation, transition, digital oilfield, due diligence in oil, gas and LNG facilities amongst others. This varied role has encompassed worldwide locations such as Algeria, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Canada, China, Malaysia, Poland, Romania both onshore and offshore and for national and independent oil and gas companies.

Employer: Ithaca Energy (UK) (S&D Beeson Ltd)
Position: Production Superintendent / Operations Manager / Client Rep
Duration: 2012 to June 2017
Approached directly by the Operator to join a small team to manage project Operations contractor interfaces in the concept, FEED, design, construction hook-up, commissioning and through to oil and gas export operations for the redeveloped FPF1 semi-submersible. Located primarily in London for the design (FEED), India to assist the engineering design house and coaching the local engineers on design of a floating installation and then Remontowa shipyard, Gdansk for 2 years representing the client and to oversee the Operational requirements in the project execution.
A challenging and diverse position that included amongst others, FEED, concept selection, design, FAT, HAZOP, SIL assessment, coaching, daily report design, commissioning and First Oil/Gas.
• Directing, coaching and guiding engineering personnel in London, India and Poland.
• Company representative for comprehensive HAZOP, SIL, BAT and risk assessments.
• In-depth 3D design, P&ID and Operability Reviews.
• Company Operations representative for Factory Acceptance Testing.
• Operations input into the Safety Case development.
• Direct interaction with regulatory bodies (DECC, HSE, Lloyds etc.) ensuring the Companies interests are best served.
• Company Site Operations representative for onsite shipyard activities in UK and Poland.
• Managing the development of bespoke Offshore Production Reporting System including safety statistics, daily production data, initial loss reporting, component allocation, chemical usage and stock control.
• Leading the creation of comprehensive Operations and First Oil procedures with the Contractor.
• Input into the implementation of maintenance management strategy and philosophy including liaison with the IVB ensuring SCEs, performance standards and integrity management are represented.
• Verification of punch listing and commissioning system (Go Completions) sign-off completion.
• Operations liaison with the Duty Holder Contractor ensuring Operations are ready for first oil.

Employer: ADIL (Asset Development and Improvement Limited) (S&D Beeson Ltd)
Position: Oil & Gas Operations Consultant
Duration: 2007 to 2012
Headhunted to join a small team to manage and develop the Operations arm of a newly formed company, ADIL.
A varied role that has included amongst many others:
• Operations Manager for SNS independent, acting directly for the oil company. Role involved the oversight and management of 3rd party Duty Holder Contractor, regulatory liaison, budgetary responsibility, production planning and management of general day-to-day operations support activities.
• Providing the Operations based input and guidance for new entrant Companies.
• Management of Safety Case transition for Duty Holder from contractor to Oilco including compilation of supporting Management Systems, SSoW (PTW, isolation standards etc.) emergency response organisation, logistics, etc.
• Undertaking project specific assignments within this period acting in the role of OIM for incumbent Oilco during period of platform modifications for the tie back and commissioning of a new subsea field.
• Decommissioning activities including Operations Manager and when required, OIM for decommissioning a Southern North Sea NUI with platform and subsea wells using platform-based coil tubing and ‘Liquid Stone’.
• Undertaking loss reporting and prevention studies to maximise client uptime.
• Operations improvements including field life extension reviews and change management for industry majors.
• Benchmarking of UKCS assets.
• Undertaking training role for client technicians and competency assessments.

Employer: BHP Billiton Petroleum
Position: Offshore Installation Manager
Duration: 2005 to 2007
Headhunted for the position of Offshore Installation Manager Douglas Platform, Liverpool Bay.
• A complex and involving operation that required in-depth but flexible and pro-active planning processes with oil tanker offloading and Point of Ayr Gas Terminal.
• The nature of the field infrastructure meant an almost constant need for NUI interventions to maximise oil and gas production throughput in order to meet our contracted gas nominations.
• Budget responsibility of circa $72mm for the field including the preparation, control and reporting for all offshore and onshore Douglas based production infrastructure.
• Challenging the established views whilst improving morale, nurturing the culture and maintaining focus on operational issues.
• ‘Inclusive Leadership’ with the ability to influence managers, peers, and team members, whilst maintaining relationships was a crucial aspect in this position.

Employer: Revita Management Consulting (AS) Ltd)
Position: Change Management Consultant
Duration: 2004 to 2005
Amerada Hess Ltd (AHL) relinquished the duty holder status of the AH001 to Aker Kvaerner Operations (AKO) Ltd. Revita Management Consulting (AS) Ltd. were contracted to undertake the Duty Holder transition with the addition of a Field Life Extension Project. I was requested to be the onshore Amerada Hess project lead. The project was to design and implement a cost effective onshore and offshore operations structure and also to facilitate the transfer of Duty Holder responsibilities from AHL to AKO. Using RCM and benchmarking techniques, the restructuring managed to reduce operations expenditure by circa 18.5% of previous controllable Asset costs and improved AH001 process availability by 3% per annum. On completion of the project I was asked to join Revita via a self-employed status (as no UK infrastructure existed at the time for Revita).

Employer: Amerada Hess Ltd.
Position: Operations Team Leader / Offshore Installation Manager - AH001
Duration: 1992 to 2004
Managing a team of multi skilled operations technicians and vendors to ensure the safe and efficient execution of all aspects of production and maintenance operations.
Project Manager / Leader for several key projects within the AHL organisation including comprehensive Gas Compressor overhaul and upgrades; annual maintenance and refurbishment Transition Manager and project team member for offshore Maintenance and Operations Team working integration; Liaising with HSE officials and partners on a regular basis to ensure full compliance while supporting and motivating all platform personnel to achieve continuous improvement.
Project Leader of a review team appointed to change manage the operational restructuring and implementation for the transition of AH001 floating production installation ‘Duty Holder’ status from Amerada Hess Ltd, to Aker Kvaerner Operations within the confines of the existing installation Safety Case. In addition, the remit covered the extrapolation of budget and operational data from previous platform operations to define a streamlined organisation and operations for field life extension.
Manager for the successful 1999 and 2003 AH001 installation annual maintenance and refurbishment shutdowns, including major refurbishment works on both gas compressors. Both shutdowns were completed on time and without incident. Shutdown scopes encompassed full resource planning and integration of numerous vendors and workscopes. Finally, achieving the position of OIM with Amerada Hess Ltd. prior to relinquishing the AH001 duty holder to Aker Kvaerner Operations.

Employer: Aberdeen Marine Oil Developments Ltd.
Position: Production Operator – AH001
Duration: 1989 to 1992 (overlap in date below due to HM Forces and offshore transition period)
Contract Production Operator on AH001 Floating Production Facility. Due to recognition of my increasing experience and knowledgeable endeavours I was offered a staff position with Amerada Hess Ltd.

Employer: HM Royal Marines Commandos
Position: Royal Marine
Duration: 1986 to 1990
A challenging and character-building career that taught me self-discipline and self-reliance that has served me well in my oil industry career and personal life.

Employer: Mercedes Benz (UK) Ltd.
Position: Apprentice Mechanic/Mechanic
Duration: 1981 to 1986
Time served City & Guild indentured apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz (UK) Ltd., specialising in diesel fuel injection systems with a college-based education at Willesden Technical College and Bathgate Technical College. I continued as a time served mechanic for a further year before I decided to change route and join HM Forces.

An active and energetic person who strives for the best in whatever he does whilst being inclusive and a team player – something the forces life has engendered.
Hobbies include motor boating, running, road and mountain biking, car maintenance and DIY. I have a Yachtmaster Offshore Commercial license with Maritime VHF DSC radio and VHF restricted radio qualifications.


DoB: 22/02/1965
MARITAL STATUS: Married for 30 years
DEPENDANTS: 2 (26 and 27 years)

CONTACT: Mobile 07887 860358
Home 01464 861387
Email simon@rhynie.vispa.com

Muir Cottage
The Muirs,

PROFESSIONAL City & Guilds MVCS Parts I, II & III Distinction
QUALIFICATIONS: OIM Commandability Competent
Offshore Installation Manager
Management of Major Emergencies
OIM Regulations
DECC Oil Spill Response
Platform Stability Simulator
D32/33 Accredited Assessor

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