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Taming Tigers: Safety Excellence in Engineering - Speaker Biographies

Taming Tigers: Safety Excellence in Engineering - in partnership with The University of Manchester - More information and book your place!

 

TafTaf Powell, B.Sc, FEI; SPE - Managing Partner, Corporate Integrity Partnership

Taf Powell studied Geology and Chemistry at Nottingham University and joined the international upstream oil sector as a petroleum engineer.

In 1988 Taf was engineering project manager in BP leading safety upgrades to production platforms in the aftermath of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster.

Taf joined the HSE in 1992 as Aberdeen Operations Manager. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Offshore Division where he revised the UK Regulations and inspection programmes to tackle major accident risk offshore such as hydrocarbon releases and to curb the spate of fatalities on drilling rigs. In 2006 Taf was appointed to lead the Government's investigation into the devastating explosions and fires at the Buncefield fuel storage facility. Taf published nine reports for the Board and 78 recommendations to UK Ministers.

Taf became Director of Emerging Energy Technologies in 2008, a role established in support of UK energy policy for the safe introduction and expansion of new technologies such as shale gas, renewables, carbon sequestration and hydrogen.  Following the Macondo accident in April 2010 Taf was assigned to the European Commission as its expert advisor in oilwell drilling and production, in which role he drafted and negotiated EU-wide legislation for safety, environment, economic liability and licensing. This entered into force in 2013.

In 2013 Taf joined the worldwide drilling organisation of 2,000 member companies based in Houston Texas, as its Executive Vice President. This role led major reforms through informing international policies in safety, environment, taxation and expansion of the oilfield sector, securing better regulation and providing stewardship of best practices in drilling.

In 2016 Taf established the Corporate Integrity Partnership, a professional community dedicated to the pursuit of ethical behaviours in large corporate bodies and the public sector.

 

DavidDavid Warriner, Head of Primary Component Operations (PCO) Improvement Programme, Rolls-Royce

David has worked in variety of Commercial, Programme Management and Operational roles in Rolls-Royce.  In the past decade he has lead capital acquisition programmes to deliver propulsion plant into a variety of applications, and a number of major improvement programmes.  These have included developing and delivering the MT30 to the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship and the UK's Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers, taking the Trent 900, installed on the Airbus A380, into Service and most recently delivering the Nuclear Steam Raising Plant for the UK's Astute class of Hunter Killer submarines.  David is based in Derby and is a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of Project Management.

 

mattMatt Clay, Head of Centre for Risk Management, Health and Safety Laboratory

Matt heads the Centre for Risk Management within the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE's) Science Division (SD), helping a wide variety of clients to intelligently manage risk, particularly those engaged with new technology or major accident hazards.

Matt has worked in a variety of roles within for the Health and Safety Executive and the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL), now the Science Division. He has a detailed knowledge of major hazard management principles, having been an assessment manager for COMAH (the UK onshore major hazard regulatory regime) safety reports, whilst in HSE's Hazardous Installations Directorate. Matt worked in the Electrical & Control Systems Corporate Topic Group and was involved in the formulation of engineering technical policy and guidance for HSE, together with providing technical support to operational and policy colleagues. The work required close, collaborative work with external stakeholders, for example industry associations and professional institutions and focused upon low voltage power system hazards and the use of electrical equipment in hazardous areas.

Within SD, Matt is involved in providing advice to a wide range of external organisations, particularly in relation to major accident hazards and emerging risks associated with moves towards a low carbon economy. He has previously worked with clients such as the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to perform a risk analysis of the risks associated with electric vehicle charging where Distribution Network Operators provide Protective Multiple Earthing (PME) facilities. Matt is also involved in providing risk management advice internally within HSL in relation to the construction and operation of experimental rigs which feature fire, explosion and toxic hazards. This involves chairing hazard evaluation studies, such as HAZOP and FMEA.

Matt has also worked with an Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to pilot adopting hazard evaluation techniques such as HAZOP and Bowtie Analysis to Electricity Distribution systems. More recently he has chaired mechanical and electrical failure modes and effects analyses within offshore wind power generation. Matt is also working with private sector clients to deploy process safety and asset management improvement methodologies on legacy assets in the water industry.

Matt's academic background was initially in Electronic Engineering, although his MSc is in Power Distribution Engineering - heavy power engineering where the principal risks are associated with electric shock, flashover and fire. His experience has been much wider than these disciplines having worked for clients within a wide range of sectors, including nuclear, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy technologies.


Rosemary Whitbread, Principal Consultant, Health and Safety Laboratory

Rosemary Whitbread is a Principal Consultant at HSL (HSE's Health & Safety Laboratory) in Buxton, UK, working within the newly established Energy Innovation Centre which coordinates HSL's ongoing activities to understand and manage the changing risk profile of the UK's evolving energy sector.
Her current focus is on understanding corporate risk tolerance and risk appetite in emerging energy systems and developing the evidence base to underpin the 'licence to operate'. She is a strong advocate of effective risk communication, designing and delivering training courses for industry, particularly senior management teams.
Rosemary has a regulatory background and is an experienced policy/strategy advisor. As an operational inspector within HSE she has experience of both 'Occupational Health & Safety' and 'Major Hazards' within process industries. She has a detailed knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and the requirements for demonstrating effective compliance. Rosemary also has wide experience in the development of policy and regulation and cross government working. As a senior policy advisor she drafted the HSE regulatory and knowledge strategies for emerging energy technologies designed to reduce the potential for health & safety regulation to act as a barrier to innovation.

Rosemary Whitbread is a Principal Consultant at HSL (HSE's Health & Safety Laboratory) in Buxton, UK, working within the newly established Energy Innovation Centre which coordinates HSL's ongoing activities to understand and manage the changing risk profile of the UK's evolving energy sector.

Her current focus is on understanding corporate risk tolerance and risk appetite in emerging energy systems and developing the evidence base to underpin the 'licence to operate'. She is a strong advocate of effective risk communication, designing and delivering training courses for industry, particularly senior management teams.

Rosemary has a regulatory background and is an experienced policy/strategy advisor. As an operational inspector within HSE she has experience of both 'Occupational Health & Safety' and 'Major Hazards' within process industries. She has a detailed knowledge of the regulatory frameworks and the requirements for demonstrating effective compliance. Rosemary also has wide experience in the development of policy and regulation and cross government working. As a senior policy advisor she drafted the HSE regulatory and knowledge strategies for emerging energy technologies designed to reduce the potential for health & safety regulation to act as a barrier to innovation.

 

Dr Moray Kidd BEng (Hons) DMS EngD FHEA CEng FIMechE, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester

Moray is a Subject Matter Expert in Risk and Reliability Engineering. He currently teaches on the Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management MSc. Moray has taught Risk and Reliability Engineering to over five hundred Professional Engineers from a wide range of industries including Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Power Generation, Alternative Energy, Rail, Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Food, Pharmaceutical, Nuclear and Mining. Moray provides consultancy support in Reliability Engineering. He is particularly interested in RAM modelling to improve business performance.

Moray started his career working as Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice Technician for ABB Wylex. On completion of his first degree, Moray accepted a Senior Mechanical Engineering Design role with GEC Alsthom. Soon after, following a takeover by GE Power Controls, Moray was appointed Project Manager for Air Circuit Breaker Enhancements. In 1998, he joined BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Division as a Senior Systems Engineer.

In 2001, Moray started his Engineering Doctorate (EngD) at The University of Manchester sponsored by Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions. His research focused on Automotive Engineering Reliability. In 2007, Moray accepted a management role and senior teaching post with the University of Manchester. His main research interests include Maintenance Engineering and Project Management. In his research support role, Moray has supervised over eighty MSc Dissertations and is currently managing four PhD projects. He also supervised six PhD to successful completion. Many of his students hold senior engineering senior roles in industry.


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