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Nico van Spijker

Training Delivery Director

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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 The Well Academy as training delivery director, Nico worked as a senior inspector for the Dutch State Supervision of Mines.

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Jan Willem Flamma

Training Development Director

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Before starting The 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.

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George Galloway

Business Development Director

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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 The Well Academy with renewed passion to grow the business.

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Martin Meinster

Completions and Well Interventions Trainer

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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.

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Bert Campfens

Drilling and Well Control Trainer

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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.

 

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Steve Collard

Drilling and Well Engineering Trainer

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Steve Collard is a highly experienced drilling professional, with many years of experience in training covering a broad range of well engineering subjects. He served as the examiner for Shell’s Round 2 competence program and edited the Shell well engineering learning manual and is the technical author of several corporate well control and casing design standards and training manuals. In addition to lecturing and consulting in casing design and well control, Steve specializes in deepwater and HPHT well control coaching, rig team building and simulation.

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Bob Baister

Completions and Well Interventions Trainer

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Bob has extensive knowledge and experience of completion and well intervention project management and execution. He has worked the larger part of his career for Shell where he was recently responsible for the development and delivery of advanced well control courses and round 1 and 2 programs for interventions globally, and championed human factors training techniques and philosophy within Shell learning.

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Wijnand van Eijndthoven

Geology Trainer

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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 The Well Academy.

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Dave McKellar

Drilling and Well Engineering Trainer

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Dave McKellar is an experienced drilling engineering professional. He has previously held the position of well construction manager with Dana Petroleum Netherlands and knows what is required to mitigate the risks of well control through an effective process of planning, design, installation and operation of wells. Dave is mainly involved in developing and delivering introductory training courses for The Well Academy in the Netherlands.

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Keith Smith-Dutton

Completions and Well Interventions Trainer

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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 The Well Academy team occasionally delivering tailored programs such as slickline and fishing related courses.

 

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Stan Herring

Drilling and Well Control Trainer

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Working throughout Australia and South East Asia Stan worked his way up through the ranks on a variety of offshore rigs and over the course of 40+ years went from roustabout to resident rig manager. Retirement did not fit well so Stan went back to the industry but this time in a role he is passionate about- teaching the new generation of oilfield workers about well control and HPHT.

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