This page is an introduction to some examples of the kind of people who keep our clients happy and make Ritchie & Partners successful:

Michael, Project Director (Oil & Gas)

Michael specializes in project and asset management, development planning, risk assessment & contract management for $mm turnkey engineering & construction projects, green-field development, revamps and/or turnarounds. He has over 25 years in project management, commercial development and financial engineering (including 8 years at project director level) of $MM lump sum turnkey mechanical, electrical and civil projects from front-end engineering to start-up and operations of offshore and onshore process facilities, storage terminals, pipelines, refining, petrochemical and power plants. He has many years experience as client and prime contractor in project management and business development in Europe and USA as well as 10 years in Asia/Pacific, FSU/CIS, India & Middle East. Facilitated, managed and audited turnkey/EPC projects (US$ 50 million up to US$ 1.5 billion) involving international alliances/partnering, BOT, PFI financing & development aid with Governmental Agencies, public/private sector companies, prime contractors and suppliers in upstream and downstream energy sectors.

Norman, Project ManagerProject Manager (Oil & Gas)

Fifteen years experience, mainly in oil and gas industry, as both client and vendor. Technically broad, multidiscipline background. Business and management oriented, with good understanding of commercial and economic issues. Proven skills in business development, marketing and sales. Team player with highly developed communication skills. Knowledgeable in project management techniques through full development life cycle, including economic justification, budgeting, cost control, planning and reporting, specification, design, procurement of services and equipment, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and documentation.

Norman, Project Manager (InfoTech)

A strategic business consultant with strong management and analytical skills, more than 25 years in the software, financial, manufacturing, construction and service industries in both the private and public sectors. Established a methodology, including a risk management action plan, by providing required business information, to identify and correct potential Year 2000, (Y2K), software, embedded chips, and operational shutdowns across the enterprise and corporate vendors.

Jim, Project Manager (Oil & Gas)

Thirty years of Project Management and Engineering experience, mainly in the Oil & Gas Industries, but also including time in the Power sector. Currently specializing in early development engineering assessments and asset management activities such as preparation of economics, technical and development reports and field development plans. Experienced in Construction and Commissioning. High level of expertise in gas compression systems.

Mike, Project Manager (Oil & Gas)

Extensive project management, design, and construction experience in areas of oil & gas producing, refining, handling, and transportation facilities projects and environmental clean up of oil fields and facilities, at the Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager level. Experience relates to all aspects of project management including budgets, facilities planning, project proposals, funding approval, detail design, material procurement, construction contract procurement and management, construction management, scheduling, estimating, and cost control. Size of projects handled ranged up to $150 million.  Experienced in dealing with design and construction contractors, and vendors both domestically and internationally (Europe, Middle East, Far East). 

Ralph, Business Unit / Country Manager (Oil & Gas)

An executive with 28+ years of diverse oil and gas industry experience, 21 years of which were international. Led a committed team of professionals as President of an overseas Business Unit of an independent E&P company with annual financial responsibilities of $200+mm in revenues with $60mm capital and $35mm operating budgets. Direct reports included exploration, operations and engineering, commercial and government relations, legal and negotiations, support services (human resources, administration, IT, purchasing, security), and finance and accounting. Well-developed ability to work within multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams to create a performance-driven work force in a logistically complex third world environment. Exceptional analytical skills combined with the ability to prioritize issues, to ensure a sustainable and profitable business operation.

Kenneth, Construction & Commissioning Manager

A confident team leader with a 20 year track record of safe & successful completion of major offshore projects in the Oil & Gas Industry. Key strengths in teamwork, planning and organisational skills, contractual and commercial awareness, occupational safety awareness and an excellent overall knowledge of Construction and Commissioning of multi-discipline projects.

George, Production Operations Manager (Oil & Gas)

Over twenty five years of engineering, management and operations experience in domestic and international locations. Background in project management and construction of surface facilities, CO2 flooding, waterflooding, unitization, coal gas, workovers, completions, fracture treatment design, artificial lift, property evaluation, and oil and gas operations. Results oriented, hands on stable manager with desire to attain objectives.  

Andy, Operations / Base Manager (Oil & Gas Services)

Thirty years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry. As Operations Manager for a subsea services company, was responsible for all operations, safety, logistics, proposals, sales and marketing in the North Sea, Middle East and West Africa, including extensive operations locally in Nigeria, Angola and Cameroon. Extensive international experience includes several years based in Nigeria. Consulting specialties include contract reviews, bid analysis and procedures preparation.

Gordon, Operations / Project Manager

A results orientated Manager with twenty five years oilfield experience, in both Operational and Project environments. Experienced senior player within both oil and contracting companies. Extensive exposure to politically sensitive and multi-cultural environments. Strong multi-skilled technical background, with broad commercial exposure specializing in the oil & gas environment. Excellent team leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.  Innovation with the experience and skill to assess and implement the best solutions even in difficult circumstances. A seasoned campaigner in climatically extreme conditions. Recent assignments include responsibility for a complete Asset including production, the start-up of a large Offshore Gas Field, management of the Operating Contractor, Drilling and Seismic activities.

Kyle, Director, Health Safety & Environmental

An innovative Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management executive with 20 years in the international manufacturing, consulting, mining and telecommunications industries, Kyle has led HSE management processes from a senior management perspective. For the last four years he served on a major oil company’s corporate governance team that had oversight for HSE affairs. Areas of expertise include HSE assurance in international operations, successful integration of HSE management systems, implementation of performance scorecards with leading key performance indicator metrics, integration of traditional, management systems and behavioral approaches to workplace safety and health assurance, HSE knowledge management and information management systems, corporate strategic planning for HSE organizational redesign, benchmarking with Fortune 500 companies and assisting clients in best practice replication, due diligence services focused on safety, occupational health and industrial hygiene; safety and health auditing expertise on corporate HSE audits of client systems; and comprehensive occupational/industrial hygiene services including litigation support and expert witness.

Gerry, Manager (Risk, Reliability & Quality)

Twenty-five years of experience of management in the areas of asset integrity, loss prevention / safety engineering and inspection / corrosion services. Safety design engineering, HazOp, HazId, FMEA, FMECA, Fault Tree Analysis, Event Tree Analysis, Safety Engineering, Fire and Explosion engineering, Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics, QRA, Professional training in general and specialist areas, Authorities liaison including Government bodies, Risk Based Inspection Management, RCM, Corrosion Management, software reliability, Human Factor Intervention and risk perception.

James, Principal Consultant (Loss Prevention & Reliability)

Over 25 years experience as an internal consultant to refinery and marketing terminal operations on safety, operations reliability, and other loss prevention functions.  Technically knowledgeable and experienced in on-site consultation at plant facilities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and throughout the United States, Effectiveness in operations analysis that integrates data and incorporates input from plant personnel, co-workers, and professional associates, Major Capital Projects Loss Prevention Hazard Analysis programs, project health and safety reviews, facility safety auditing and crisis management preparation including emergency response simulation exercise development and execution. Involved in incident investigations for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Emergency Preparation and Prevention Office (CEPPO).

Martin, Principal Consultant (Risk & Reliability)

Fifteen years experience in simulation of safety related design problems of nuclear reactor plants including four years experience in reliability engineering in petrochemical industry. Development and application of Finite Element analysis methods to engineering problems. Advanced Simulation Modelling and Analysis Techniques, Nuclear Reactor Safety Modelling and Analysis, development of Software for Various Finite Element and Stochastic Methods. Safety Assessment of Reactor Shielding using Various Simulation Techniques. Application of the Finite Element analysis in Oil Well Logging. Damage assessment of the Ozone Layer using Monte Carlo Simulation. Co-developer of a Reliability & Availability software toolset which is an advanced simulation package using Monte Carlo & Analytical Techniques.

Suzanne, Principal Consultant (Health & Safety)

Eighteen years progressive responsibility in the development of safety, health and environmental management systems and training programs. Particular expertise in performing comprehensive safety management system assessments and subsequent design of corporate HSE training and management systems including: policy development, organization, planning and implementation, measuring performance and auditing/review. Resourceful with an extensive network of international industry, government, education, and professional contacts. Strong communication, training, and policy writing skills.

John, Principal Consultant (Health & Safety)

Twenty-one years working within the health and safety environment, conducting inspections / audits and preparing and reviewing safety management systems for a variety of industries, including the Construction, Power, Chemical, Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas industries.

Bob, Principal Consultant (Electrical Engineering)

Twenty-five years of experience as Electrical Engineering Consultant in the Oil and Gas industry including: Audits, studies and preliminary engineering; Electrical maintenance and safety guidance; Modification appraisal and conceptual engineering; Special fault/accident investigation; Advice and guidance on competence issues; Battery test and replacement strategies; Electrical HAZOP / design reviews; Advice and guidance on explosion proof equipment maintenance; Procedure writing and technical authorship

Fred, Principal Consultant (Environmental Sciences)

Senior environmental engineering academic and program administrator and consultant to high-tech environmental businesses and government. Initiator of new traditional and distance education programs for a range of disciplines, developed joint business ventures with industrial partners for technology transfer, mediator for personal and project disputes. Professor of Civil Engineering, responsible for curriculum development, teaching, research, and administrative duties in Environmental Engineering and Applied Science. Specializes in environmental consulting, infrastructure software development and mediation services. Development of environmental planning and management procedures customized for clients. Development of Clean Air Policy, industrial environmental guidelines and Environmental Management Systems. Marketing environmental technology including assessment and business plans.

Eddie, Principal Consultant (Drilling Operations)

Over 35 years in the shipping and offshore oil industries. Project management experience in fifth generation drilling rig construction and refurbishment for projects up to $300 million. FPSO project engineering and management experience with project values exceeding $100 million. As Plant Manager for a fleet of drilling rigs developed maintenance procedures resulting in operating cost savings of over $500,000 per year. Wide range of experience and responsibilities in ship and drilling rig conversion, repair, operation and maintenance. Operations responsibility in remote areas where local resources and support are limited. Extensive service periods in the Middle East and SE Asia.

Sam, Principal Consultant (Process Engineering)

Thirty five years experience in Chemical Engineering/Process Design on both sides of the street (oil co. and contracting). Holds British and Canadian Citizenship as well as a US Green Card. An honors graduate in Chemical Engineering, he has worked at both technical and managerial levels. He has extensive experience in the field of sweet and sour natural gas processing, sulfur recovery, SNG production and petrochemicals. His professional career has been with large EPC Contracting firms in the UK, Norway, USA and Canada and with a major Canadian integrated oil company. Has worked in the U.K., Canada, former USSR, Romania, Finland and Syria, commissioning SNG, methanol and ammonia synthesis plants (all employing steam/naphtha reforming technology), and an ethylene plant. Has spent the recent past in North America designing, monitoring and troubleshooting oil and natural gas processing facilities, of varying complexities and capacities.

Tim, Systems Manager

With Chartered and Euro Engineer status, Tim has 25 years international experience in the Petro-chemical industry, primarily in off-shore design engineering, but with experience in all phases of construction, commissioning and operation as well as land based projects. Particular specialties includes ESD/PSD systems, F&G systems, Fiscal metering and all aspects of design of field instrumentation. Tim also has recent experience in management at an equipment vendor in the roles of projects manager, commissioning manager, product development manager and systems engineering manager.

Brett, Senior Consultant (Business Continuity)

Consultant in business continuity and contingency planning for existing application base and new applications. Information risk analysis for client companies. Open-ended consulting in areas of secure system design, information security policy and IT security systems and products. Disaster recovery planning. Network management including international LAN/WAN design and testing.

Lawrence, Senior Consultant (Dynamic Simulation)

Twenty years experience including: Dynamic simulations of upset conditions, response of protective devices/ HIPS; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); Low temperature dynamic simulations associated with depressuring; calculation and simulation of potential gas releases and resulting scenarios; Fault Tree Analysis and Qualitative Risk Analysis (QRA); Flare study and fire risk analysis (FRA); Subsea oil and gas production facilities; Formal safety assessments (FSA); Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

Parker, Project Controller (IT) Project Controller (InfoTech)

Information Technology Consultant, specializing in software and database architectures, methodologies and metrics. More than thirty years experience as a planner, facilitator, mentor, developer, trainer and author having successfully produced ADP, MIS, EIS and DSS systems and OLTP, OLAP and enterprise databases for government and industry. Developed, sold and installed expert, rules and knowledge-based systems to sophisticated users of software, such as NASA, Rockwell International and AT&T.