IOGP’s Metocean Committee has elected Oliver (Oli) Jones of bp as Chair. He succeeds James Stear of Chevron.
Oli has been providing Metocean expertise to the oil and gas industry since completing his PhD, nearly 15 years ago. He has worked primarily for operators including bp (nine years) and Woodside (three years) and has supported projects and operations in every major basin. Oli is presently the Metocean Advisor at bp, responsible for technical standards, strategy. and discipline health.
With interests in advanced weather forecasting and ensuring safety-critical decisions offshore are informed by the best available data and methods, Oli sees IOGP as a perfect forum for sharing knowledge and collaborating on a range of safety-enhancing Metocean products which have led to huge improvements in offshore safety. He has conducted a number of initiatives and Joint Industry Programmes (JIPs), as well as serving as the IOGP West Africa Metocean Subcommittee Chair and Climate Change Workshop Task Force Vice Chair.
“On behalf of the Metocean Committee, I would like to thank James for his wise and decisive leadership as Metocean Chair over the past three years. We’ve had some great successes and he leaves the role with the Committee in really good shape,” said Oli.
“My vision as Chair is to encourage further collaboration on state-of-the-art forecasting as we expand the use of risk-based approaches offshore. I hope to continue supporting our efforts in lowering emissions, through providing a forum for CCS- and offshore wind-related JIPs. We’ll also continue to foster the great relationships with leading global academic institutions to ensure best science is embedded into our Metocean data to support operations and projects,” he added.
Oli is married and has a nine year old daughter who takes up most, if not all, of his spare time.