International Well Control Forum appoints first chief technical officer

David Conroy
David Conroy,

The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) – the Montrose-based independent organisation that sets well control standards – has appointed David Conroy as its first Chief Technical Officer.

He holds a PhD in Geology from Queen’s University, Belfast, which initially led him to roles in geological surveying.  Since joining the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen, he has worked in a variety of positions in Norway, Oman and Houston.

Conroy has 20 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry.  He joins the forum from Schlumberger where he has held a variety of positions for over 10 years’, latterly serving as Drilling & Drilling Engineering Director of Curriculum in Dubai.

He will be developing this new role at IWCF to lead changes to the technical aspects of IWCF’s services, including exam quality, programme development, curriculum and training.

Conroy said: “During these challenging times within the oil and gas industry, I anticipate that we will continue to make significant changes in what we teach within the well control curricula, including rotary and intervention, as we continue to adopt and implement the recommendations from OGP. 

“In tomorrow’s world, I believe we should be more globally adaptive, seeking new learning environments in teaching to assure increased competency.  My passion is to help people actively develop their required skill levels for progressive career development, which is so crucial to the industry.” 

IWCF has recently invested in new facilities at its headquarters in Montrose to improve training for well control assessors and instructors who address drilling operations and well intervention activities. The organisation is actively recruiting for new members.

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