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Derek Park

Derek Park has 35 years experience of operational and organisational management in the oil, process and utilities industries. A chartered mechanical engineer, he spent time as a construction and commissioning manager on major offshore projects and was later an OIM in the North Sea. He has also managed operations on major pipelines and at onshore petrochemical facilities. During this time he realised that whilst the actions of people are key to the performance of any organisation, this is often not fully appreciated by managers and management systems.

He is a creator and developer of effective organisations and is driven by a belief that too many people spend too much of their time working on things that simply make no difference. He works directly with front line staff and advocates a ‘bottom up’ approach to transformation, complementary to the usual structural techniques. He specialises in engaging people in the change process, recognising that sustainable cultural change can only happen when people are prepared to take personal responsibility for transformation process itself.

Derek now works as an independent consultant and you can reach him at parkd@operations-excellence.com

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Soon after the Macondo disaster the US authorities (at that time BOEMRE, the Bureau of Ocean Energy management, Regulation and Enforcement) issued what became known as the ‘drilling safety rule’. In reality the rule contained several requirements which addressed well bore integrity and well control equipment. Included amongst them was...Full Article »
In this piece, columnist Derek Park gives us his opinion on the public reaction to the Big Guns of the oil and gas industry beginning to weigh into the UK shale story...Full Article »
With the first phase of the BP Trial in Louisiana now at an end, our columnist Derek Park looks at the aftermath of proceedings and the seven questions remain pending over the case and the oil industry as a whole...Full Article »
As proceedings for the first part of the BP Trial wrap up in Louisiana, Derek Park surveys the ground as BP rests its case and is grilled on everything from onshore organisation to emergency response....Full Article »
The oil and gas industry was rocked to its very core when the Deepwater Horizon explosion claimed the lives of 11 personnel and flooded the Gulf of Mexico with 4.9 million barrels of oil in 2010. Now, finally, plaintiffs and defendants have met in New Orleans in a landmark trial with billions of dollars and the industry's integrity on the...Full Article »
Finally, what we have all been waiting for. As Derek park continues his on-going coverage of the Trial of the Century in New Orleans, BP enter the dock for the first time...Full Article »
Regular columnist Derek Park has been reporting live from the trial for Oil and Gas IQ and will be following the trial until its conclusion in his weekly report. In this eBook download, Derek Park’s concise 12 page breakdown of the first four weeks of litigation in the BP trial....Full Article »
As the BP Trial in Louisiana rumbles into week 6, our man Derek Park continues his coverage as Halliburton rest their case, the case Against Cameron is dismissed and we await BP in the dock...Full Article »
Week 5 saw Transocean completing their case and Halliburton starting on theirs. Some issues which have previously been raised were flogged even harder and some new ones emerged. Transocean fielded two further witnesses, a current MODU Captain who was Chief Officer on the night of the disaster and their Maintenance and Technical Support Director,...Full Article »
As the first month of litigation comes to a close, our man Derek Park continues his coverage of the BP trial in Louisiana as the tech talk continues and Transocean get their say...Full Article »
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