David Finlayson

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.

He participated in the International Executive training programme at INSEAD Business School in Paris, and been associated with education and professional development in his roles on the Governing Councils of Beaconsfield High School in the UK and with Brunel University London.

He shares with the other course directors at WBC a particular interest in enabling managers to broaden their perspective to understand the strategic issues facing their business, building on their technical expertise to take on more senior leadership roles.

His specialities are:
• Full cycle exploration strategy
• Exploration risk, reserves estimation and uncertainty
• Leading and motivating technical and commercial teams
• Upstream cost and value drivers
• Training, facilitation and coaching

David’s career in upstream has given him a global insight and the opportunity to shape upstream strategies and tactics for growth across IOC and NOC’s , with direct experience of the technical, economic, commercial and strategic operating environment in almost all the worlds’ prospective and productive basins.

His most recent role as MD at IHS was the culmination 42 years of continuous service in the oil and gas industry with a primary focus on exploration and exploitation in all its manifestations, including most recently unconventional resources. His industry career spans 22 years with oil and gas companies: from apprenticeship as an exploration geophysicist at Texaco in Houston in 1972, through progressively more senior technical and commercial roles with Mobil, BNOC/ Britoil and BP and 20 years in upstream consultancy. During this time he has lived and worked in the USA, Norway, Malaysia and Australia.

David says “I have lived a full cycle of career development and understand the need for continuous professional development. Leadership in oil and gas exploration and production requires a broad understanding of the business: technical, commercial and strategic and ‘Above and Below Ground’. WBC training is geared towards helping upstream professionals discover and develop their potential”.

David lives in Beaconsfield, near London in the UK. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the governing Council of Brunel University London and an Emeritus member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. In his spare time he plays bagpipes with the Reading Scottish Pipe Band.

Professional Qualifications:
• BSc (Hons) in Physics (University of Glasgow)
• MSc in Geophysics (Imperial College London)

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