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Nico van Spijker

Training Delivery Director

Nico has worked in a variety of operational roles in the drilling industry, with drilling contractors and operating companies, in land, offshore and deepwater operations. Nico has a passion for coaching with a strong drive for increasing competence, confidence and performance. Before joining Well Academy as training delivery director, Nico worked as a senior inspector for the Dutch State Supervision of Mines.

Jan Willem Flamma

Training Development Director

Before starting at Well Academy in 2012, Jan Willem worked 10 years for Shell as a well engineer and drilling supervisor. He is responsible for the development of all training material and well control simulator exercises. He also delivers the more advanced well engineering and well control courses. He holds a B.Sc. degree in drilling engineering and a M.Sc. degree in applied physics. Jan Willem is an accredited IWCF drilling instructor & assessor and member of the IWCF drilling taskforce.

George Galloway

Region Director Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas

George has enjoyed a career spanning 32 years in the oil and gas industry starting with Mobil where he trained and went on to work as a Petroleum Engineer. After a spell with a small North Sea operator he joined the Expro Group where he held various senior management positions both in Well Servicing Operations and International Business Development. After a period of secondment to IWCF in the role of Advisor, George returned to  Well Academy with renewed passion to grow the business.

Martin Meinster

Completions and Well Interventions Trainer

Martin is a highly experienced petroleum engineering specialist with an extensive background in well services. His specialities include technical and environmental solutions on high pressure solids control systems, under balanced drilling, well testing and coiled tubing drilling operations. Martin is an accredited IWCF well intervention pressure control instructor and is an IWCF well intervention task force member.

Bert Campfens

Drilling and Well Control Trainer

Bert has spent the majority of his career with Shell, which has exposed him to a wide range of drilling and well operations on land and offshore. Although knowledgable in many areas Bert has a particular interest in drilling operations courses, including advanced well control, stuck pipe prevention and recovery, and HPHT courses. Bert has a strong drive for increasing competence and performance and enjoys coaching and mentoring engineers.


Simon Sparke

Well Integrity Trainer

Simon has extensive knowledge and experience of building well integrity management systems which he has applied to great effect in the development of well integrity training workshops. Together with Well Academy, Simon as well integrity domain expert will develop and deliver a range of programmes to enhance industry knowledge and experience of managing the integrity of wells throughout their life cycle. Simon is a guest lecturer at RGU and an accredited SPE trainer.

Peter Wilke

Rig Inspection and Safe Environment Trainer

After 11 years in the navy and three years merchant navy Peter ended up in the oil field. Peter worked almost 10 years for ModuSpec and Lloyds before becoming a trainer. Now already 5 years training rig inspection, but is still active as a surveyor on all types of drilling rigs. It is Peter’s passion to improve the safety and knowledge in the oil industry by sharing his experience with other people.

Wijnand van Eijndthoven

Geology Trainer

Wijnand is a geologist and started his career in the mining industry before joining Shell as a development geologist. During his career, Wijnand has built up experience in operational geological, geological research, exploration in The Netherlands and Germany. Wijnand delivers the “Geology for Drillers” course at Well Academy.

Paul Vos

Rig Inspection and Safe Environment Trainer

Prior to joining the drilling industry Paul worked as a Marine Engineer in the Dutch merchant navy, going from apprentice to Chief Engineer. After working for Sedco Forex as a Subsea and Drilling Equipment Engineer Paul joined Moduspec in 1996, initially as a Rig Surveyor before going on to deliver subsea well control equipment courses. Paul completed more than 275 surveys on many different types of rigs enabling him to train rig personnel and managers on a range of rig equipment. In April 2019 Paul joined ModuResources as a Rig Inspection and Well Control Equipment Trainer.

Jaap Peetsold

Drilling and Well Control Equipment Trainer

For 15 years, Jaap has worked as a subsea supervisor, both for Neddrill and Sedco Forex. He has been developing material and training for rig inspection training, subsea engineer training, and well control equipment training. Jaap’s goal is to make the candidates more confident about their equipment to increase their competency level.

Keith Smith-Dutton

Completions and Well Interventions Trainer

Keith has a broad background in slickline and well servicing operations and is a globally known and respected well intervention instructor, providing slickline, completion, fishing and well intervention pressure control training worldwide. Although Keith retired in 2015, he still is part of Well Academy team occasionally delivering tailored programs such as slickline and fishing related courses.


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