MDT courses taken:
Takes 9 of MDT International's open courses, including Exploration and production accounting; Auditing in the E & P industry; Mastering finance for non-financial oil and gas personnel; Petroleum economics and risk management; International oil and gas exploitation contracts; Contracts strategy and management; and Introduction to the oil and gas industry.
Over 40 countries
Over 30 years in senior finance and commercial positions for major multi-nationals, independent operators and state-owned organisations in the upstream oil and gas business, including BHP, Dragon Oil, Jawaby Oil Service Company and Shell, with a detailed knowledge of oilfield practice affecting the UK, North Africa and Caspian regions. For six years, Gerard was also a financial controller and change manager of the largest UK electricity generator.
LL.B (Glasgow), CA (Scottish Institute) admitted 1977
What was your motivation for moving into training?
Watching course participants capture new learning and realise their own capabilities. Also escaping large office politics and bureaucracy!
Describe your personal training style
I try to create a positive, friendly and comfortable learning environment
What are the main benefits delegates get from training with MDT International?
New skills, networking, the freedom to experiment and make mistakes
Outside work, what are your main interests?
Rugby, walking, ships, golf
Have you any hidden personal talents which your work colleagues don't know you possess?
Yes, I hope so!
What makes you laugh?
Laurel and Hardy
What's your favourite place and why?
Not saying - I don't want anyone else spoiling it so it's no longer available!
Sum up MDT training in a couple of words!
FUN and MORE FUN
"Very comprehensive, very practical, boost ones confidence and makes negotiations easy."
"Very good overview… should be required for all newcomers and for those in specific disciplines who wish to understand the big picture."