Plant and Production Management
Fundamentals of Process Safety
Develop your understanding of the key principles of process safety and its management.
Chris graduated from Heriot Watt University in Chemical Engineering in 1989 and spent 31 years working for BP. He started at BP Grangemouth on the HDPE facilities, then the Ethylene plant as an Operations Leader, and then became the Operations Manager for four integrated plants on site. Through these roles, Chris embedded skills in managing HSE and risk, steady-state operations and upsets, start-ups and projects, finance and budgets, organisational change, and leadership and development.
Chris moved to BP Azerbaijan in 2004 to commission a new offshore platform in the Caspian Sea, becoming the OIM. In 2010 he moved to offshore BP Angola as OIM on a deepwater FPSO. He has significant people management experience, both UK and international, leading large teams, and has balanced priorities of people, risk, HSE, and commercial delivery. In 2012 he became the BP Angola Region NOJV Manager, representing BP’s partner interests on two large JV-operated offshore blocks in Angola, responsible for assurance of risk and performance.
He retired from BP in 2020, becoming a freelance consultant in oil and gas, helping operating organisations improve performance using safety, risk management and engineering core values.
Chris is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the IChemE.