Managing Members

Paul Millar – OSPR

OSPR was founded in 2015 to support HSE Professionals in the Energy Industry. Having worked across different sectors of the industry, from Drilling to Subsea Construction, the realisation that little or no support existed for HSE professionals inspired the creation of OSPR.

Paul is now managing OSPR as a full-time role as membership levels increase and is delighted that the concept has struck a chord with his fellow professionals.

“I wasn’t sure if other professionals felt the same or not. Now we have a fully functioning community and competence assessment carried out by our Managing Member.  HSE professionals can use the standard to benchmark progress and develop their careers with the benefits we provide”.

OSPR isn’t just for experienced offshore HSE professionals. We are set up to assist professionals at all levels whether you are looking to start a new career or have 30+ years experience. We are here to guide, assist and provide opportunities”.

Derek Harrold – Senior HSE Advisor, Wood Group

Derek transitioned into offshore HSE from a background in Training having spent 15 years with Petrofac Training Services as an Emergency Response instructor, teaching various offshore Emergency Response and Safety related training courses.

Derek brings with him experience from both the Duty Holder and Service Company perspective, and as someone who is directly involved in the management of Health and Safety both on and offshore, Derek has a fantastic view of the benefits that OSPR membership can bring to the industry.

“There are many HSE professionals out there, but with individuals who hold OSPR membership I know I am speaking to someone who cares about their profession, and more importantly can demonstrate the level of membership they have achieved”

Steve Collins – HSSE & ER Advisor, Chrysaor

Steve has been an HSSE Advisor for the past 6 years and is already experienced across many sectors including drilling, marine (including dive support) and production platforms within the North Sea.

Steve views his support of OSPR as a two-way street saying, “We all need to invest time and energy into our profession outside of our day jobs. OSPR is a fantastic membership for anyone in our industry and by supporting OSPR i’m able to develop my own career at the same time. I’d urge anyone to join and involve themselves as much as possible as the organisation grows”.

Roderick (Rod) Laird – Consultant, IOSH North East Chairman

HSE Consultant with 30+ years as a Safety Professional, Rod most recently held the Senior HSE Advisor role for an Oil and Gas company in the Middle East where he founded and grew the Middle East IOSH branch to over 200 members.

“I first became aware of OSPR through an IOSH meeting I chaired here in Aberdeen. So, at the first opportunity I looked at the website, loved the concept and immediately joined realising this was a gap that the offshore industry needed to close”.

The concept is of great value to both Oil and Gas industry management as OSPR grade its members at a level appropriate to their qualification and vocational experience and to the individuals who join as they can use the benchmark of each level to plan further qualifications and training to enhance their career. Not to mention all the opportunities OSPR creates for free!”

“I immediately agreed to join the Managing Members Board as I could use my experience and give something back to the industry where I worked for so many years as a Safety Professional”.

Stuart Wallace – HSE Advisor, Maersk

“This is long over due. I envisage OSPR becoming the leading representative group for offshore safety professionals; I’m ready to promote our membership to the offshore industry, to set new standards, create initiatives and opportunities to the members and encourage continual development as well as the creation of an open environment for member discussions”.

A North Sea and internationally experienced Offshore and shipyard HSE professional, Stuart  brings over 7 years of offshore HSE experience to OSPR having previously worked on drilling Jack-ups and Drillships. Stuart is a well recognised Offshore HSE presence and possesses the drive to continually improve himself and his colleagues to achieve higher standards every day. Stuarts passion lies in helping his colleagues adapt and overcome any challenges faced while operating offshore and delivering a reliable front line HSE service on behalf of the shore based management team.

James Brown – Consultant, Former BP Director of HSE

James is a highly qualified HSE and Safety / Risk Management Professional, with over 20 years’ experience working for Major Oil, Gas and Energy Production Operating companies in the UK, Mainland Europe, Central Asia and Australia.

James has managed HSE on some of the World’s largest, most technically challenging and environmentally sensitive Oil, Gas and Energy projects; from the early Appraisal, Concept Selection and Design Engineering Stages through EPC Fabrication and Construction to Commissioning and Start up and brings a wealth of experience to the OSPR Managing Members Board.

Originally trained as an Officer in the Merchant Navy, James started his HSE Professional career as a Safety Engineer for Offshore FPSO Operations back in the early 1990’s and has since held progressively more senior and responsible roles including as UK Offshore Operations HSE Advisor with BP, Major Projects HSE Manager for Europe with ENI, Head of Corporate HSE Management and Assurance for INPEX Oil in Australia and Director of HSE with BP.

Gordon Foot – MA MSc CMarTech FIMarEST FIIRSM FinstLM AFNI IEng IntET

Gordon Foot is a consultant Client Representative on major oil & gas projects and offshore wind farms and has been employed at sea for over 35 years.

He was recently the vessel representative for Total Upstream Nigeria on their EGINA OML130 operations.

He is currently a consultant for ScottishPower Renewables as the Client Representative on UXO operations on East Anglia One offshore wind farm.

Gordon is a retired Weapons Engineering Manager of the UK Royal Navy having served a 19 year career in nuclear submarines on special operations.

His academic background includes an MSc in Professional Practice in Maritime Client Representation and an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

He is also a Fellow of the IIRSM and Fellow and chartered member of IMarEST. He is an ISPS qualified CSO and SSO including anti-piracy training and a retired Naval air dive supervisor and now sports PADI Divemaster.

Gordon has worked across multiple disciplines in relation to HSSEQ including military ordnance, nuclear (both weapons and propulsion), diving, offshore wind and offshore oil and gas operations.

“I enjoy informal mentoring and assisting those who wish to further their careers and aspirations and OSPR membership helps us to focus on these aims of helping each other out”.

John (Jack) Kiely

Jack has worked as an EHS professional for over 20 years, in wind power specifically for the last eight years. During his time in wind power Jack has been involved with and worked on some of the largest offshore wind farm projects in Europe and internationally, mostly as Head of HSE.

Time spent on large construction projects and in senior management roles has allowed Jack to gain valuable experience and knowledge. Jacks ambition is to continue to use the knowledge and experience gained to make a difference, not only to future projects but to individuals, groups and OSPR members.

Stuart Graham

Stuart started his career as an EHS professional in 2004 whilst working in the leisure industry. After taking a year out in 2009 to study Renewable Energy he took his first role in the offshore windfarm construction business in 2010 as an Offshore HSE Engineer.

Since that first step into the offshore world, Stuart has worked on numerous offshore windfarm projects in the UK and around Europe. Having worked on both the client and contractor side of projects he has hands on experience of the manufacturing, installation and commissioning phases of all components making up a windfarm and managing EHS teams offshore.

The soft management skills gained in those years in the leisure industry combined with the more recent knowledge and experience offshore allow Stuart to provide balanced, suitable and workable EHS solutions to the project companies he works for.

Judith H. Weaver FIIRSM, GradIOSH. OSPR-5
Freelance Offshore HSE Consultant

With a varied 15 year HSE career including onshore and offshore experiences; multi-site construction build and inspection projects throughout the UK, automotive and construction manufacturing, major retail and Governmental premises refurbishment projects.

Judith’s offshore career began in 2009 and to date, includes Marine (2D,3D,4D) streamer seismic survey operations, Marine CSEM survey operations, Marine OBC operations, Marine Renewables operations and  Marine OBN (3D, 4D) survey operations.

“When I first became aware of the OSPR, I thought, at last, a register for offshore HSE  professionals within the energy industries that focusses on competency levels and experience, not only for potential employers to more easily navigate levels of professional qualification, competence and experience but one that also focussed on the development and training of others.  This is a positive for our energy industry professionals to identify the right level of experience for the right project”.

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