We now need to innovate in a wholly new way, to make sure that we do not get left behind in our “new normal” world.

The collapse of much of the world’s economic activity during the Covid-19 crisis, combined with increasing evidence that climate change is likely to pose a threat of at least similar magnitude to economic activity, mean that we are living in exceptional times. Society is beginning to take a stronger interest in the activities of companies, and can exert pressure through any combination of investors, employees, communities and governments. Markets will move faster and be less predictable than ever before, and we need new tools to allow us to navigate these new markets while developing and commercialising the products, services and solutions that they need. We need to be rapid and flexible in our actions to ensure our own success.

Throughout a career spanning more than three decades and living on three continents, I have been in the thick of the innovation and new product/service/solution development process and have been responsible for the rapid and successful introduction of key new technologies and solutions for clients. I know how to create product and service development models, and new business models, that are integrated with each other and which maximise speed and flexibility while ensuring customers get exactly what they need and that the enterprise successfully extracts value from its efforts.

Because I think that in these extraordinary times there is more than ever a need for extraordinary thinking and new ways of innovating, I have set up my own consulting business and I am now available to consult, mentor and train on innovation strategy and the innovation process, develop new and bespoke innovation strategies and processes, develop new business models, or consult on technical issues.

Qualifications

First Class MA (Hons) in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. (1984)

Masters Diploma in Global Business (Distinction) from Said Business School, University of Oxford. This covered global strategy; risk and reputation; corporate diplomacy; doing business in the BRICs. Dissertation described methods of identifying and ranking new markets for entry. (2013)

Oxford Strategic Innovation Programme from Said Business School, University of Oxford. (2020)

Professional affiliations

CEng FIMechE (Chartered Engineer, Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Chair of the IMechE’s Upstream Oil and Gas Committee, and an active member since its formation in 2008.

Member SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

Member of the Programme Committee for the annual SPE/IADC Drilling Conference 

Member of the SPE Drilling Advisory Committee

Board member and Program Chair for Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section of SPE, 2017 to 2020

Joint leader of SPE’s Geothermal Workgroup, which is expected to lead to the formation of a new Geothermal Technical Section