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Expertise:Process Safety, Training & Coaching
After a PhD in Chem Eng from MIT, Mark has 35 years’ experience in Oil & Gas. Petrochemicals
and Chemicals covering R&D, hands-on operations support through to process safety management
both on-site and as an external consultant.
Mark was a key member of the committee developing the CCPS/EI book on Bow Ties, focussing on
human factors and culture and how bow ties facilitate these.
Mark’s specialities are process safety management systems, Bow Ties and Safety Culture.
Process Safety Management systems
Safety culture and Bow Ties
Coaching and training.
Process Engineering Refining/Upstream
Qualifications: PhD Chem Eng (MIT), MSc Phys Chem, BSc Ind Chem.
18 recent publications/presentations at IChemE’s Hazards and AIChE GCPS Conferences
University of Chester, 2017 to date, Visiting Professor
Delivering process safety training to 3rd and 4th year Chemical Engineering students
ABS Group, 2013 to 2020, Principal Consultant
Consulting a range of services to >30 Fortune 500/FTSE 100 clients including:
Process Safety Management services to including PSM Frameworks, PSM Training, PSM
auditing and coaching.
Bow Tie training and development across the globe
Root Cause Analysis and Incident Investigation training (>30 courses)
HAZOPs and HAZIDs and associated training.
CCPS & Energy Institute: One of the key, active members of the committee for the concept
book on Bow Ties in Risk Management and developed the CCPS’s COVID-19 bowtie
Shell Stanlow Refinery, UK, 2008 – 2013, Process Safety Manager
Refinery lead for Process Safety Management, Management of Change and Learning from
Incidents implementation incl. demonstrating process safety risks had been reduced to
ALARP for Buncefield-like tanks to UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment
Chairman (2 years) and Shell/Essar representative (5 years) on UKPIA’s Process Safety
Leadership Network, the primary interface between the oil refining industry and the HSE
regarding process safety issues.
Shell Global Lubricants, 2004 – 2008, Senior Base Oils Technical Analyst
Managed technical aspects of Shell base oils business including process safety, product
quality, R&D definition & planning, capital expenditure planning for 10 base oil
Shell Stanlow, 1999 – 2004, Senior Process Technologist
Technical design & development for revamp of Stanlow’s 8kT/day gasoil
hydrodesulphurisation (HDS) unit for robust & safe manufacture of 10ppm gasoil.
Technical expert/support for base oil unit including training 3 base oil technologists,
driving long-term operational and HSE improvements.
Day-to-day technical support of HDS unit (hydrotreating, ADIP unit, sour gas treating) and
base oil units (high vacuum unit, propane deasphalter, furfural extraction, MEK/toluene
dewaxing) and departmental environmental focal point and auditor for ISO-14000
Shell Global Solutions, 1986 to 1999, Senior Process Engineer and Researcher
Petit Couronne, France: R&D Leader for Base Oils including pilot plant programmes & new
product development (Catenex-SNR, a PCA-free rubber extender oil, leading to an EU
Shell Bintulu, Malaysia, Providing unit support to Shell’s 300,000 ton/yr. commercial
scale Gas to Liquids (GtL) demonstration plant converting natural gas to transportation
fuels and (wax) specialty products
The Hague, The Netherlands: technical support to the 12 Shell Base Oil plants.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Exploratory and development research on residue
hydrodesulphurisation process and catalysts.
Chemical Engineering Research Group, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Pretoria,
South Africa 1976 to 1978, Researcher
Fundamental & synthetic R&D on amorphous silica alumina catalytic cracking catalysts