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Corporate Social Responsibility Programme in Kurdistan

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in March to deliver a course in “Corporate Social Responsibility and Holistic Risk Management in O&G Projects” in Erbil.

The aim of the Corporate Social Responsibility course was to provide a customised training programme to selected managers of an oil and gas operator on the concept of holistic community engagement.  Holistic community engagement works on the basis that good neighbours equate to good sustainability and good security.  Delegates included staff from the local office and the field. [Read more…]

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk….”

As Mark Zuckerberg continued, “…in a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”.  The risk of doing nothing is now a regular topic in our conversations with clients about risk management.

Bruised by the battering the industry has taken in the past three years, painfully aware, after Deepwater Horizon, of the potential for disaster, often led by legal advice, and conscious of the rise of alternative energy sources, companies and investors could be forgiven for sitting on the sidelines, minimising their risk with a lack of activity.

But would they be mistaken? [Read more…]

Project Governance and 2017 Challenges

We are delighted to announce that Bob Laidler, our Project Governance Course Director, has joined the Board of WBC Training. Bob’s expertise lies in helping individuals and businesses in the oversight of complex projects, with a particular emphasis on effective decision making and stakeholder buy-in.  In his first blog for us, Bob explains the importance of effective project governance in today’s market: [Read more…]

Managing Risk in today’s Oil Business

Risk is everywhere in the oil business – geological, financial, political, environmental, commercial. With finances under pressure, managing and mitigating these risks becomes ever more important. But one of the challenges that oil and gas firms, and investors, face, is that the risks keep changing as you go through the exploration process. Not only do the risks change with every piece of new information, but different types of risk crop up at different stages.

Many of these risks require specialist knowledge – the expertise to handle them may sit in different parts of the organisation: but for the manager deciding whether to drill, invest or sell, it’s essential to understand them all and to know how to tackle them.

This is the subject of our new course, Managing Risk in Oil & Gas, running in London on November and elsewhere in 2016. We have gathered together three experts in the field, John Weston, Mark Tandy and Rob Marshall, to provide a unique and practical insight into risk management in our industry.

For full details on the course, download the brochure here, or email

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