Bob Laidler


Bob’s industry experience covers 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. This has given him significant insight into corporate (project and portfolio) oversight requirements, project management procedures, and investment decision making processes. He also advises on due diligence in support of dispute resolution, IPOs and M&A.

His work has taken him all over the world, including North America, Australia as well as Europe, Africa and the Middle East, giving him a deep understanding of how management challenges and processes differ across regions.

In his training and coaching work, Bob helps project teams realise the full value of their upstream assets by guiding them through the key principles of successful project governance and delivery.

As he says, “Really effective project governance has never been more critical to the industry, and is becoming ever more important to external stakeholders, investors and potential partners.”

In addition to his BTech (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Bob’s studies also included Subsea Technology and Reliability & Risk, Project Economics and Environmental Engineering.


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