Expert profile

Shane Ritchie

HSE Auditor, Safety & Performance Coach,

Professional Overview

Shane Ritchie brings forth a distinguished career spanning over 25 years in the oil and gas industry, showcasing expertise in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Compliance, with a specific focus on the Dropped Object Prevention Scheme (DROPS). As a seasoned professional, Shane has consistently demonstrated a profound understanding of industry best practices, combining technical prowess with effective communication skills.

With a reputation for reliability, punctuality, and professional presentation, Shane has honed his abilities through a myriad of challenging roles. His proficiency lies not only in meeting deadlines but also in fostering a culture of self-motivation within his teams. Shane's commitment to operational safety and environmental compliance has been a driving force throughout his career.

Key Achievements

Shane Ritchie's career highlights underscore his significant impact on the companies he has been associated with:

  • Global DROPS Standard Delivery (1990-2010): Successfully spearheaded the implementation of a new DROPS Standard for Transocean Corporate's extensive global fleet, comprising over 130 rigs.

  • DROPS Management Systems Implementation (2014-2018): Developed and executed comprehensive Dropped Objects Management Systems for ConocoPhillips D&W Alaska and Vantage Drilling in the Middle East, showcasing a keen eye for detail and a strategic approach to risk management.

  • Aramco DROPS Management System (2014-2018): Led the completion and implementation of the new Aramco DROPS Management System and Training, contributing to enhanced safety protocols.

  • Operational Integrity Services Establishment (2018-2019): Pioneered the setup of a base in Labuan, dedicated to delivering Operational Integrity Services to Oil and Gas operators and Drilling contractors, demonstrating entrepreneurial vision and operational acumen.

Career Journey

Shane Ritchie has accumulated over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, demonstrating expertise in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Compliance, particularly within DROPS.

Commencing as a Driller and Corporate OSA at Transocean, Shane transitioned into strategic roles such as Sales and Business Development Manager at NOV Tuboscope SIS. His proficiency further flourished during his tenure as a Field Compliance Auditor and DROPS Manager - Trainer at Saudi Aramco, focusing on compliance and safety culture.

A pivotal move followed when Shane set up a base in Labuan, delivering Operational Integrity Services to Oil and Gas operators and Drilling contractors. His contributions extended to becoming the DROPS Technical Authority at Shell Berhad, where he showcased technical prowess and upheld the highest safety standards.

Shane continued his journey with roles at Halliburton Labuan FT. At Halliburton Labuan FT, he held the position of Operational Integrity Manager, overseeing the integration of safety measures into operational processes.

His current chapter involves a coaching role at RP-Squared Ltd, where he continues to guide teams towards safety and performance excellence. Shane Ritchie's ongoing dedication to the industry signifies his commitment to shaping its future and maintaining excellence in every aspect of his work.

Education & Certifications

Shane's formal education laid a solid academic foundation for his career. His educational background includes completing O Levels in English, German, maths, physics, and geography at Peterhead Academy (1976 – 1980).

In addition to his formal education, Shane has acquired various professional certifications that have boosted his expertise in the oil and gas industry. These include:

Emergency Response Training:
1. OPITO-approved Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) with Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Emergency Breathing System (EBS) by AISSURVIVEX UK
2. Basic Survival Training Recurrent with HUET-HUEBA in Accordance with the CAPP SPTQ by RELYON Nutec Canada
3. Basic Survival Training - Recurrent (BST-R) by RELYON Nutec Canada

Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Safety Training:
1. GWO Fire Awareness by AIS Training UK
2. GWO Working at Height & Manual Handling by AIS Training UK

Health and Medical Certifications:
Offshore Medical Certificate in Accordance with Oil and Gas UK Medical Guidelines by Anchor Health Solution UK

Quality Management Systems:
Quality Management Systems Auditor/Leader Auditor ISO 9001:2008 by NevilleClarke

Specialised Training:
1. DROPS Training Course
2. Managerial Safety Certification
3. Level 3 Award Safety for Managers by National Compliance & Risk Qualification UK

  Fred Herbert

Drilling Superintendent
ConocoPhillips Alaska LLC

"Shane's extreme professionalism and support were instrumental in the successful implementation of our DROPS program across 6 drilling rigs and well intervention equipment. ANS delivered by bringing training, process, accountability, and results. Shane's efforts brought modifications to our vendor contract language and contributed to enhancements to ConocoPhillips Alaska policies. Thank you [Shane] for your contribution to improving our safety programs."

More About Shane

Shane is a committed professional who is confident at working locally or overseas.

He embraces challenges and consistently delivers results, demonstrating a reliable ability to meet demanding deadlines and targets even in high-pressure situations. Shane is characterised by his self-motivation, ambition, and energetic drive, contributing positively to any project or team.

Additionally, his effective oral and presentation skills enhance his capacity to communicate ideas clearly and facilitate productive collaborations.

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