About Us

Our Associates

Our associates are distinguished experts, at the forefront of the latest industry “thought leadership” in their specific area of Operational Excellence.

Professor Ron McLeod

Professor Ron McLeod

Human Factors

Professor McLeod has more than 35 years experience as a Human Factors specialist in industries ranging from oil and gas, defense to aerospace and nuclear power. He was the Human Factors Global Discipline Lead for Royal Dutch Shell and has sat on advisory committees for the oil and gas industry and the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Professor McLeod is an international presenter and has written several papers on the application of Human Factors in safety critical industries, including his 2015 book ‘Designing for Human Reliability: Human Factors Engineering for the OiI, Gas and Process Industries’.

Ahmed Al Hazmi

Envrionmental Sustainability

Dr. Hazmi is the CEO of Al Madar, a company based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia delivering environmental sustainability. Key areas of expertise include environmental impact assessment, permitting, environmental and sustainability management, carbon and energy management, product stewardship and due diligence. His expertise and focus is the middle east region born out of experience of working with clients that build and operate world-scale industrial facilities in addition to collaboration with Government entities, ensuring in-depth knowledge of government policies, regulations and thought leadership. Al Madar adds value by working with Clients to overcome their sustainability challenges and environmental concerns with a remit to move towards sustainability and environmental excellence.

James Royds

James Royds has over 20 years working globally in the resilience, risk, crisis, integrated emergency management, business and IT continuity management as a consultant, adviser and writer, delivering integrated solutions and services.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI) where he served as Chairman for 2 years, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute FCMI, Specialist of the Risk Management Institute, a Member of BSI and a trained Lead Auditor for ISO 22301:2012.

Alan Smith

Operations Director, COMET

A career investigator, Alan is a former Detective Superintendent with Police Scotland and
latterly had the portfolio for Major and Organised Crime Operations including homicide, kidnap
and corporate crime. Within this role he also held responsibility for the investigation of offshore
fatalities and major incidents in the North Sea Oil and Gas sector. This afforded him unique
exposure to numerous high-profile tragedies and unfortunately all too often highlighted
weaknesses of major operators and duty holders to understand and learn from previous failures.
This drove Alan’s passion to improve performance in this arena and, since leaving the Police, Alan
has established himself as a specialist incident investigation and root cause analysis trainer, having
delivered numerous programmes in the UK, Europe, UAE, Australia, China and the USA. He is also a regular presenter at conferences globally.

Dr. Michael O’Donnell

Occupational Health / Hygiene

Dr Michael O’Donnell is an Occupational Physician with signi cant experience in the major sectors of industry and commerce, including Nuclear, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, both in the UK and Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Visiting Professor in Occupational Health at the University of Salford. He has worked at senior levels in a range of organizations with experience of liaising with the highest levels of government up to Cabinet Ministerial level. His focus is wellbeing at work and ensuring occupational health and hygiene delivers business value and remains relevant in the modern era to the bene t of employers and employees.

Tom Keane

Managing Director

Tom Keane is the Managing Director of Ethos Empowerment, which comprises experienced, motivated trainers and coaches that specialize in measurably improving health and safety performance, through using both head (rational thought) and heart (emotions) to motivate people, improving their skills and knowledge, enabling them to manage individual and corporate risk. Their solutions are designed to give a fresh and immersive learning experience, equipping people with the vital skills to foster cultures where individuals and teams are emotionally invested and fully engaged in their work – giving maximum contribution and gaining maximum satisfaction.


Kashif Rasheed

Pakistan Head of Country

Kashif has gained diverse experience in HSE, Process Safety & performance monitoring in the
Fertilizer, Oil & Gas, Power, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical Sectors in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. He has worked for global Clients and Consultancy organizations leading and supporting the development, implementation and review of risk-based processes and operational safety programs. Kashif specializes in statistical analysis of HSE and Sustainability performance. He holds a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering and is NEBOSH Certified.


Tahir Jamal Qadir


Tahir is a chemical engineer with over 38 years of experience in the Petrochemicals, port operations and financial sectors, working over the last twenty-three years in the areas of performance management systems, including Sustainability, Quality, Responsible Care, Environment, Health, Safety, Security, GHG Accounting & Reporting, Business Continuity, Energy management and Asset
management. Tahir joined the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) in December 2009 and, as Director Responsible Care, led the establishment of the extremely successful Responsible Care initiative in the GCC.