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Thursday, 16 February 2012, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Lids on Coffee Cups? - The Changing Face of Safety in Oil & Gas

Les Thomas, Group Director, John Wood Group PLC

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 16 February 2012, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



The Oil & Gas industry has a commendable record of continuously reducing injury rates over many years and companies in the sector go to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate their commitment to safety, sometimes attracting ridicule in the process. Technical Safety and Assurance have assumed a more prominent role in recent years, but major incidents have continued to occur on a disturbingly frequent basis. How is the industry handling this phenomenon? What can be done to improve and what does best practice look like?


Les Thomas has been a Board member with John Wood Group PLC since 2004, responsible for growing the company's Production Facilities business, providing operations, maintenance, engineering and construction services to oil and gas clients around the world. Over that period Les has also been the Group Director responsible for Health, Safety & Environmental issues. Following the acquisition of PSN and its integration into Wood Group during 2011, he is currently focused fulltime on HSE. Les worked for several years as a Civil Engineer in construction contracting before switching to oil and gas in 1981. He spent 23 years in various locations around the world with Marathon Oil Corporation, starting out as a petroleum engineer and finishing as the company's European Business Unit Leader. Les has a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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