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SPE Breaking the Cycle of Discrimination—Workplace Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry

1 – 2 October 2014

Aberdeen, United Kingdom | Norwood Hall Hotel

Schedule Overview

Programme – Day 1

0800–0845

Participant Registration

0845–0900

Keynote Address

Speaker: Fergus Ewing, MSP Minister for Energy, Scottish Government

0900–0910

Chairman Welcome

Speaker: Ross Lowdon, SPE Aberdeen Chairman

0910–1010

Panel Session

Speakers: Alan Johnson, Senior Petrophysicist, Shell UK; Dr. Alix Thom, ‎Skills and Employment Issues Manager, Oil & Gas UK; Jeremy Cresswell, Energy Editor, The Press and Journal; Nigel Bradburn, Vice Chair, Membership & Professional Development Co-ordinator at Energy Institute; Ali Parsa, Reservoir Engineer, Total UK

1010–1030

Coffee Break

1030–1230

Insight into the human mind – Simulation Workshop

Speakers: Sarah Harper, Aberdeen Business School

1230–1330

Lunch

1330–1410

Competence in the Industry

Speaker: Vince Pizzoni, Dean, Preng&Associates

1410–1450

Employers and Academia

Speakers: Rita Marcella, Aberdeen Business School

1450–1510

Coffee Break

1510–1550

Cultural Diversity

Speakers: Statoil

1550–1630

Case Study - Bullying

Speaker: Maria Trujillo, Reservoir Engineer, ConocoPhillips

1630–1715

Panel Session
Speakers: Statoil, Robert Gordon University, Preng&Associates, ConocoPhillips

Programme – Day 2

0800–0845

Participant Registration

0845–0900

Keynote Address

Speaker: Mike Duncan, Director, Energy Skills Scotland

0900–0910

Chairperson Welcome

Speaker: Ella Minty, SPE Aberdeen AP Chair

0910–1010

Panel Session

Speakers: Michael Taggart, Engineering Manager, Baker Hughes; Nikhil Shindgikar,Technical Sales Manager, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc. Andrew Louden, Managing Director, Interwell; Emma Spence, Managing Director of Solutions Store

1010–1030

Coffee Break

1030–1110

Discrimination in the Industry

Speaker: Eve Sprunt,Consultant/2006 SPE President

1110–1150

Gender Clashes from a Recruiter’s Perspective

Speaker: Dawn Robertson, Regional Director, Hudson

1150–1230

Case Study - Ageism

Speaker: Lawrence Till, Technical Director, Nemein Ltd

1230–1330

Lunch

1330–1410

Recruitment Criteria

Speaker: Samantha Rist, Vice President Personnel, Schlumberger SIS

1410–1450

Diversity and Inclusion

Speaker: Cindy Bigner, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Halliburton

1455–1515

Coffee Break

1515–1645

Workplace challenges - Workshop