John is an experienced oil industry professional, who spent 34 years working for a major international oil company in many parts of the world. He was responsible for innovations and application of new technologies in directional drilling, wellbore surveying, rig design and deep water drilling. In addition to international field experience on land and offshore rigs, he has managed new-start exploration projects in deep water, remote areas and harsh environments.

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Since retirement he has acted as a technical advisor to a number of operators and service companies. He has developed well engineering management systems, technical policies and standards for several operating companies. He has continued to advise teams on new start exploration projects, including areas featuring unusual oceanographic conditions and other unique technical problems.

He has advised service companies on end-user requirements for new technologies, undertaken technical assessments for venture capital companies and acted as an expert witness. He assists the Research Council of Norway with assessments of research proposals and advises the International Research Institute of Stavanger

He is active in the field of drilling automation and the human factors aspects of how drilling teams make decisions and manage change during operations.

He served a three-year term as director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers with responsibility for Drilling and Completions. He remains a member of the editorial review committee for the SPE Drilling and Completions Journal. He is a member of the Programme Committee for various drilling conferences. He chaired the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section. He served a four-year term on the Engineering Development Panel of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme, www.iodp.org.

He is recipient of the 2011 SPE International Drilling Engineering Award.