Course Directors

The following individuals are the primary Course Directors at Warren Business Consulting, delivering courses globally.

David FinlaysonDavid Finlayson has taken a deep interest in the career development and training of his staff and colleagues throughout his professional career in oil and gas upstream which spans over 40 years. He started his career in 1972 as an exploration geophysicist with Texaco in Houston Texas, and has developed a deep understanding of the full cycle of oil and gas exploration from a technical, commercial, and strategic perspective.  More…


bob-laidlerBob Laidler has industry experience covering all aspects of upstream asset development planning, with a particular focus on maximising value through effective project governance.  In the early part of his 37-year career Bob worked for Esso and Britoil, where he gained hands on experience at refining, upstream projects and production. As a consultant with Granherne, IHS and most recently Xodus, he has specialized in field development planning and multi-discipline team management, working with many leading IOCs, NOCs and service providers.  More…


Danial Stewart-RobertsDaniel Stewart-Roberts is a multilingual chartered accountant with experience as Big Four firm partner and Finance Director of UK listed and Private Equity backed companies. Extensive financial process and internal controls optimisation experience, particularly in emerging markets. Successful business development and change management record. Strong technical accounting skills, with over 10 years’ practice of IFRS. Extensive M&A experience.   More…


photo of Angus WarrenAngus Warren has an enviable track record in helping individuals develop their careers and create value for their organisations. His particular interest is in enabling managers to broaden their perspective to understand the strategic issues facing their business, building on their functional expertise to take on more senior leadership roles. More…


Other Course Directors

We work with a large number of associates who deliver courses for our clients. All share an enthusiasm for inspiring the next generation of energy sector professionals, and each brings a unique set of qualifications and experience to their particular specialism. The list below illustrates the background on some of our other course directors: please contact us for further information on their availability for in-house programs.

3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas: our instructor brings over 30 years of expertise in oil and gas to his courses. A clear and engaging communicator, he encourages an open and interactive approach to his workshops and case studies, and enjoys having his own views challenged. Originally a Geophysicist, he worked initially as an operational Petroleum Engineer before moving into upstream commercial roles. As someone whose career has included technical operational positions as well as corporate and commercial roles, he has first-hand experience of what’s needed to develop a successful management career in E&P – insights that he uses to great effect in the 3 Day MBA courses.

Leadership in Global Energy:  our instructors all have over 30 years international business experience across the world in various sectors, including Oil & Gas, Renewables, Telecoms, & Manufacturing, covering global corporations and privately owned businesses. Their experience ranges from oilfield diving and offshore drilling through to corporate roles in managing business transformation, sustainable growth, M&A and business turnarounds. Talent development has always played a major role for them: responsibilities included running graduate entry schemes, leading the HR function and heading various L & D teams at international oil companies.  “Engaged talent is the #1 ingredient for business success” says one.  With experience of working across sectors and functions in multiple countries, they are familiar with the leadership challenges that come with multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-functional organisations.  Their training styles are highly interactive and engaging, drawing on participants’ own experiences to share best practice and bring theory to life with story-telling and case studies, filled with a contagious energy and enthusiasm that engages and inspires delegates.

Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector:  our instructors have long experience in energy sector IT roles, as Chief Information Officer, who oversaw the entire company’s information technology and computer systems and as an experienced Implementation Manager who has introduced  new programs and systems at a mid-sized oil and gas company. Responsibilities ranged from setting the company’s IT strategy  through to managing  new IT architecture, technology and software, ensuring that all systems necessary to support its operations and objectives were in place. With geophysics qualifications and line management experience outside IT, they are very familiar with the dynamics and culture of the oil and gas industry, easily able to interpret the needs of energy sector management into IT effectiveness.

International Oil & Gas Contracts:  our instructors are counted among of the world’s leading oil and gas lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Energy Lawyers and numerous other publications. They each bring over 30 years experience in energy law, covering multiple jurisdictions, to this Contracts course.   Amidst all his legal successes, says one, “there is nothing quite like being able to help the next generation master the legal complexities of our industry.” As a course directors, they combine practical experience of working with  both public and private sector clients with research expertise and an interactive approach, ensuring delegates are highly engaged and able to apply the lessons to their day-today work.

Supervisory Skills Workshop:  our instructor is an Organisational Development, Talent Management and Training Consultant and Trainer with 30+ years international experience at a senior strategic, middle management and operational level.  He infuses TQM (Total Quality Management) thinking and practice into 30+ years of management and leadership consulting and training experience in over 25 countries, including Central Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  He is also a Certified Executive Career Coach and a UK certified Master Trainer.

CSR and Holistic Risk Management in Oil and Gas Projects:  our instructor is a specialist risk consultant with a military background, now focused on the nexus of business, security and human rights.  His work has included overseeing security and community relationships of a multi-country pipeline project, security and community arrangements for infrastructure projects in high risk locations as well as working on fraud cases, IT and office security in travel and finance. He has worked all over Europe, Asia the Middle East and Africa.

Downstream – Refining:  our instructor has 35 years of experience in the refining business, mainly with a leading IOC where he was a regular lecturer at their Global Training Center. His vast experience comes from numerous positions in central offices and refineries where he worked in operation, maintenance and process engineering departments.  Margin improvement has been a common theme throughout his career. He has developed tools for process and blending optimization and now consults worldwide on innovative technologies and new ways of working. He has been a regular speaker at European Refinery Technology Conference (ERTC).

Downstream – Retail:  our instructor has 30+ years of experience in the downstream oil business in board level strategy, sales and operations management, team leadership and business expansion.   Proven track record in leading large transformation and new market entry projects in downstream retail.  Experience of working in over 125 countries around the globe and in the past 10 years with specific focus on Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Petrochemicals:  our instructor for petrochemicals is a vice president at a leading sector consultancy and is responsible for training globally.  He is a Chemical Engineer and has an MBA from London Business School.  He has 27 years of experience in the petrochemical industry working in North America, Europe and the Middle East for a number of companies.  As an instructor he brings a combination of broad knowledge of the global petrochemical industry and his own experience in strategy, marketing and sales.  He is a lively presenter and a regular speaker at petrochemical industry forums and conferences.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management:  our instructor is Managing Director of a consultancy focused on excellence in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. Before establishing his consultancy in 2011, he was Head of Procurement of one of the world’s leading IOC’s, following 12 years in various procurement roles. He has worked for clients all over the world across various sectors – oil & gas, nuclear, manufacturing, construction, utilities, alternative energy, chemicals, transportation, banking, and professional services. His training style is highly interactive, ensuring that participants apply the techniques they learn to their work. With over 30 years’ experience, he has an MBA and an MA in Mathematics/ Management Science. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply for which he is also an approved assessor of corporate certification services.

Managing Risk in Today’s Oil & Gas Business:  our instructors have worked as consultants and company executives specializing in incorporating external scenario analysis into corporate planning, strategy and investment evaluation. They have extensive experience in assessing political, fiscal, security, legal/regulatory, economic and operational risk and in the financial evaluation of single investment projects and company portfolios. This work includes evaluating licence round bids, field developments for NOCs, Majors and Independents. Their clients are global players in oil & gas, mining, power generation, mobile telecom, etc. and projects have included multi-billion ventures in Brazil, Venezuela, West Africa, Asia and the UK.



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