Our Core Team
Rob has over 20 years experience in the oil gas industry, starting at ExxonMobil before moving to Oil Spill Response Ltd. More recently, Rob joined Swire Pacific Offshore and was tasked with running their emergency response arm. Rob joined SpillConsult as a Director in September 2013.
Rob started his career in the oil industry in 1992 as an engineering apprentice at ExxonMobil’s Fawley Refinery. In 1997 Rob took up the position of Spill Response Specialist with Oil Spill Response Ltd. Where he went on to hold positions such as Global Initiative Consultant (on secondment to IPIECA), Trainer, Duty Manager and Response Team Leader. In 2006 Rob moved to Bahrain as Regional Manager, Middle East where he was responsible for the set-up and running of the Middle East Response Base.
Rob continued his career joining Swire Emergency Response Services as General Manager. Based in Dubai, Rob had a global responsibility, securing various short and long-term contracts in Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent, the Middle East and Europe.
Stuart has over 20 years experience working within the oil industry, having worked for both ExxonMobil and Oil Spill Response Ltd. Stuart joined SpillConsult, as a Director in January 2013.
Stuart began his career as an Engineer with ExxonMobil at Fawley Refinery, Southampton, where he was trained on the maintenance and repair of all refinery heavy equipment. This included gas compressors, steam turbines, generators and all manner of pumps and fluid transfer systems. Stuart then worked at Fawley Marine Terminal where he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of the jetty berths for coastal and ocean tankers transporting gas, white oils, black oils and chemicals. Part of his role included carrying out vessel safety and cargo transfer inspections.
At Oil Spill Response Ltd Stuart occupied many positions including roles within Training, Consultancy and Operations. Some of the key positions included serving on the senior management team as Deputy Head of Global Operations, Global Technical Manager, Incident Manager, Global Readiness Manager, Response Team Leader and Duty Manager.During his career, Stuart has responded to hundreds of oil spill incidents globally and has extensive experience in Incident Management, response equipment deployment and aviation operations. Through these experiences, he has gained a solid understanding of the industry; its requirements and how best practices can and should be applied.
A former Detective Inspector with Grampian Police, Rona has a proven track record in all aspects of emergency response and crisis management within the Police Service. With over 30 years’ experience at different levels, she has wide range of knowledge in the field. Rona has particular expertise in regard to people issues, including Family Liaison and associated matters. Over the years she has worked with a wide variety of organisations throughout the Emergency Services, in addition to Local and National Government and Industry.
Rona has also developed and delivered courses, specialising in ‘people skills’ such as Family Liaison, Relative Response, Evacuee Reception Centres, Breaking Bad News and HR Awareness in Emergencies for many UK based Oil and Gas Operators. She has also similarly worked overseas in delivering to Oil and Gas Operators in Perth, Australia, China, Singapore and the Ukraine.
In 2011, Rona joined Altor Risk Group (Stirling Group and Restrata), where she has developed Security procedures using her previous Crime Reduction and CID experience. She has also developed and delivered Emergency Response Training and Exercises as well as Business Support and Crisis Management Training for a large number of clients both in the UK and overseas.
Calum is an Oil Spill Response Advisor with an Msc in Environmental Science from University of Southampton; working as a Consultant with SpillConsult Ltd, working across the globe, with Oil & Gas HSE representatives to improve their oil spill and incident management preparedness.
Prior to joining SpillConsult in 2017, Calum previously worked at Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL), as a Preparedness Advisor. This involved working closely with Oil & Gas Companies to understand their specific operational and legislative requirements, and develop recommendations for improving oil spill response capability.
Calum has experience performing in major mobilistion exercises; a broad understanding of the various response resources and techniques; and a good knowledge of contractual, logistical and operational complexities that can accompany a response.
Claire WoodSenior Consultant
Claire has over 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Graduating in 2002 from Southampton University with a degree in Environmental Science Claire started work at Oil Spill Response Ltd before moving to work at a number of other consultancies and response organisations.
At Oil Spill Response Limited Claire began working as a Spill Response Specialist, responding to incidents both in the UK and oversees including the Prestige incident in 2002. Secondments to both the training and consultancy teams saw Claire delivering training courses and planning projects worldwide for a number of oil majors. Subsequently Claire went on to work for RPS in London working on predominately UKCS projects and including not just pollution response plans but Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Systems. Claire also gained the first Nautical Institute accreditation for their offshore oil spill response training. More recently Claire has worked for Braemar as an Oil Spill Response trainer and consultant, but gaining additional experience of HNS response participating in UK Government Decontamination Service response exercises.
Now focussed on the preparedness side of Oil Spill Response, Claire undertakes Oil Spill Contingency Planning, Capability assessments, Training and Advocacy projects globally. Notably, Claire has recently been part of the team developing the NOSCP for Lebanon (a United Nations Development Project (UNDP) funded project), responsible for drafting the plan documentation and participating in a prolonged stakeholder engagement program.
Fraser has a wide range of emergency response experience in both the public and private sectors and has responded to numerous emergencies on behalf of Police Scotland, HM Coastguard and large multi-national clients.
Fraser has delivered Incident Management training and exercises to a wide variety of organisations, mostly in the offshore energy sector, and has expertise in incident management and HSE. Fraser began his career with Police Scotland before leaving the public sector to work as an Emergency Control Room Operator on behalf of major oil and gas operators. Fraser has also worked with HM Coastguard as a Maritime Operations Officer where he was responsible for successfully coordinating numerous search and rescue missions.
Prior to joining SpillConsult in 2019, Fraser worked as both a Crisis & Continuity Management Advisor and Response Manager for a global security solutions provider where held responsibility for all aspects of response, including management of a 24/7/365 Emergency Control Room and Incident Management Centre.
Marion WahleProject Manager
Marion has 27 years’ experience in Emergency Response, Crisis Management, Family Liaison and Security, variously obtained during 24 years within Grampian Police as both Constable and Sergeant, and latterly as a Project Manager with Restrata where in addition to her Project Manager role she was part of the Incident Management Team and HR response team and was deployed to these roles on many occasions on behalf of clients.
Marion is trained to the national Train the Trainer level, and has gained significant experience training various Care For People and Emergency Response Training Courses to clients on a local, national and international basis.
Marion has worked with a number of our clients developing Security Procedures, Emergency Response plans. She has developed Emergency Response Plans, and HR umbrella specific role criteria within such plans.
Marion has significant experience developing and facilitating client specific table top and other simulated exercises for clients.
Peter CrookResponse & Incident Management Services Lead
Response & Incident Management Services Lead
Peter’s SpillConsult title is ‘Response and Incident Management Services Lead’. This translates into Peter consulting on, preparing and delivering projects, publications, training and exercises involving all aspects of response and incident management, mainly in the energy industry. This ranges from the highest level of crisis management to all sizes of incident management teams and even some tactical response.
Peter’s experience in the international search and rescue arena is still sought after and SpillConsult release him for this work when possible.
Peter joined SpillConsult in January 2014 after over 34 years in the UK Fire Service, where he gained wide experience in various operational command and training roles. From a firefighter to senior positions responsible for; Command Strategy (ICS), Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection, Urban Search and Rescue, CBRN, Counter Terrorism, National Resilience, Inter-Agency Liaison and Technical Rescue. He helped introduce ICS into the UK Fire Service in the 90’s and was part of the growth of multi agency incident management in the UK emergency services.
Peter was also a founder member (1992) of the UK Fire Service International Search and Rescue team (UKISAR) and served as a Crew Leader, Operations Commander, National Training Officer, Deployment Commander and the National Coordinator. He deployed for multiple disasters including the earthquakes in Turkey, Christchurch (New Zealand), Haiti and the Montserrat volcano and Japanese tsunami. Peter led the development and growth of UKISAR over many years; developing and delivering national training, organising numerous major exercises, establishing the team as the sole official UK governmental response team and transforming the team structure. Peter received the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the New Years Honours list in 2012 for services to international search and rescue.
Peter is a trained US FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader and has worked and trained with several US Task Forces both on deployments and exercises. Peter was active on several working groups in the UN response system including development of the INSARAG External Classification and Re-Classification processes and the Chairmanship of the UNINSARAG Operations Working Group which produced a new coordination methodology for disaster response between 2011 and 2014. Peter has carried out all roles within the IEC/R process including Team Leader on several occasions plus Mentor for the international teams from Australia, USA(2), UAE, Spain(2), Sweden, Germany and Oman.
Peter has been involved in many international exercises for the EU, UN and other countries including organising and directing several major exercises.
Rachel O'NeillManagement Accountant
Rachel joined the SpillConsult team in January 2015 to help assist the Finance Director with the day to day running of the accounts. Her roles at SpillConsult consist of all accounts requirements from preparing VAT returns, entering purchase invoice, preparing payroll to producing & submitting sale invoices on a wide range of platforms used by our customers. Rachel also liaises with our accountants to ensure all statutory requirement are fulfilled.
Before Rachel joined us, she worked in the accountancy industry, undertaking her AAT qualification. In her previous role, she carried out Audits & Accounts on limited companies along with all the relevant statutory requirements, so she is use to a busy environment and the pressure of deadlines.
Sian HerringtonConsultancy Services Lead
Consultancy Services Lead
Siân is an Oil Spill Response Advisor, Incident Management Specialist and Marine Environmental Scientist, with a PhD in Ocean Modelling and Biogeochemical cycling from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre.
Siân joined SpillConsult in 2015 and is now the Consultancy Services Lead, working across the globe, with senior Oil and Gas HSE representatives to improve their oil spill and incident management preparedness. Throughout her time at SpillConsult she has project managed, compiled and reviewed a range of Oil Spill Response Plans (national, regional and at a local level), as well as conducting Gap Analysis and Capability Assessments; in addition to undertaking advocacy and bespoke technical consultancy projects. She has worked on numerous projects in various locations including Qatar, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, UK, Canada, Angola and others. She also delivers exercises and SpillConsult courses, such as Incident Management Systems, Aerial Surveillance and SCAT (Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique).
Prior to joining SpillConsult, Sian worked as the Senior Technical Officer in Marine Science, for the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) in Perth, Australia. As a Technical Advisor, she provided oil spill advice and assistance. This included – preparedness plans, training and exercise activities, preparedness audits, site-specific response plans, critiquing industry outputs and acting as the 24hr on-call Duty Officer for Western Australia and the Northern Territories. Preceding AMOSC, Siân worked at Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL), predominantly as a Consultant and as an in-house Oil Spill Advisor or HSE Coordinator for member companies. Throughout this time, she managed a range of projects worldwide in different marine environments and regulatory regimes - from 3D oil spill modelling, to OSCP’s and Tier 3 exercises.
Steph MillerOffice Team Lead
Office Team Lead
Steph joined the SpillConsult team in August of 2014 as a Business Administration Apprentice. Steph is responsible for the day to day company administration as well as providing support to the training and consultancy delivery teams. Steph has also been involved in supporting a number of international exercises where she is responsible for running the SpillConsult Exercise Management System (EMS). Steph also has joint responsibility for delivery and compliance with our Quality Management System.
Bruce McKenzieRegional Manager - Americas
Regional Manager - Americas
Bruce has over 35 years experience working in the oil industry, primarily in emergency response, as well as Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE). Bruce spent the first 20 years of his career working in the Arctic as well as 15 years working globally in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Bruce started his career working for the Canadian government in the Arctic, inspecting oil and gas operations and acting as the government representative on oil spills. In 1985, he joined Gulf Canada Resources where he was responsible for obtaining drilling permits and managing Gulf’s Arctic spill response preparedness program. In 1990, following the Exxon Valdez spill, Bruce joined Alaska Clean Seas and was part of a team that transitioned ACS from an equipment warehouse to a full response organization supporting oil and gas activities on the Alaskan North Slope. Bruce also had work secondments to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., where he managed pipeline right of way maintenance and spill response capability, as well as BP as an arctic spill response expert in support of offshore drilling and production. In 1998, Bruce joined BP on a fulltime basis.
In 2000, Bruce was seconded from BP to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) as the Crisis Management Coordinator, responsible for implementing a standardized emergency response capability for the oil and gas industry in the United Arab Emirates. In 2005 Bruce became the Crisis Manager for BP Shipping, based in London and responsible for crisis management, business continuity and security for BP Shipping’s global operations. In 2009 Bruce returned to Canada and joined Talisman Energy where he held a variety of positions supporting Talisman’s international operations; culminating in the position of Global Security Manager until 2015, when Talisman was purchased by Repsol.
During his career, Bruce has also held Directorships with Amulet ship vetting company, Oil Spill Response Ltd and Sea Alarm, a not for profit wildlife response organization.
David NeilsonSenior Trainer / Consultant
Senior Trainer / Consultant
David has extensive emergency and incident management experience. David worked 26 years for BP, having started his career with BP when the company opened its “oil Spill Response Base” in Southampton during March 1981. During this time he gained experience in the response to pollution incidents both in the UK and abroad. In 1989 after the initial response to the Exxon Valdez incident David was seconded to the Alyeska Pipeline Company in Valdez. David’s role was as the oil spill manager for the new response organisation post the Exxon Valdez incident. It was during this time in Alaska that the oil industry first adopted ICS as a tool to manage oil spill response incidents. Alyeska Pipeline Company on behalf of its shippers adopted ICS as their standard incident management model.
Following this secondment David returned to the UK and the Oil Spill Response Base in Southampton. This was then known as the Oil Spill Service Centre and later, Oil Spill Response Ltd. On his return David fulfilled a number of operational and consultancy positions. His final position at OSRL was that of Operations Manager, responsible for all aspects of domestic and international oil spill response operations.
In 2001 David returned to BP as Crisis Preparedness Manager for BP’s Azerbaijan Business Unit. Being responsible for “Incident Management Teams” and “Business Support Teams” across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Following this, David joined the BP Trinidad & Tobago Business unit as a crisis management coach. The main task was to help develop the business unit into a support centre for BP activities in the region. David’s role included training and competency building for the incident management team in ICS and building dedicated incident management facilities.
After leaving BP he became an independent consultant. During this time David has been engaged in emergency team training and exercise activities. Also being a member of response teams to incidents such as the “Deepwater Horizon” incident in the Gulf of Mexico for 11 months.
Peter WinnSenior Trainer / Consultant
Senior Trainer / Consultant
Peter spent 32 years with the Royal Air Force beginning his career in aviation and ground fuels management. During this period, he managed large scale tank farms and pipeline operations supporting airfield refueling and as a Pollution Control Officer provided fuel spill response capability to RAF airfields in Northern Scotland. He managed a petroleum storage depot and marine terminal on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, supervising ship to ship and ship to shore fuel transfers and provided helicopter re-fueling at remote sites in the Falkland Islands and Scottish Highlands and Islands. He has additional experience in deployed logistics supporting the Nimrod Maritime fleet at many overseas locations and is experienced in hazardous waste storage and disposal.
As a former Operations Commander for the RAF Mountain Rescue Service responsible for the management and operational efficiency of the land based element of the UK Search and Rescue Force he also has extensive experience in military Search and Rescue operations and has been in a command role at the centre of several high profile national incidents including the Lockerbie and Kegworth air disasters. He has attended many aircraft crashes and major incidents around the UK working closely with the UK Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services. He was also involved in UK Resilience forums providing aircraft post-crash management advice to local authorities and emergency services.
In 2010, he became an Emergency Management Consultant and OPITO Competence Assessor working with a variety of clients in the oil and gas and power generation sectors at home and overseas in Oman, Saudi Arabia, India and West Africa providing emergency response and incident management team training, exercising and competence assessment. Other key skills include emergency preparedness audits, credible scenario development and emergency plan writing. Most recently he was the Project Manager and a contributor responsible for the production and delivery of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Lebanon.